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How to Apply Touch Up Paint for Automotive Scratches: Ensuring Precision and Professional Results

We will walk you through the meticulous process of applying touch-up paint to address minor scratches and blemishes on your vehicle's exterior. By following these detailed steps, you'll achieve a professional finish, seamlessly blending the touch-up paint with the existing surface.


Prepare the Surface for Touch-Up Paint Application

Initiate the surface preparation by meticulously cleaning the affected area with a Pro-Cleaner or TUPF Wax & Grease remover.

With a clean surface, utilize Scratch Repair products for the actual application of touch-up paint, emphasizing precision and seamless integration.

Shake and Test

Shake the touch-up paint vigorously for 30 seconds, keeping the cap on and allowing the internal ball to rattle. Test the color on a card to ensure accuracy and compatibility.

If using an all-in-one Touch-Up Pen or Paint Applicator, remove the cap and press the spring-loaded tip on a flat surface to initiate the paint flow. Apply the touch-up paint carefully, avoiding spillage onto the surrounding paintwork. Allow adequate drying time between coats (10-30 minutes).


Finishing Touches and Considerations

Completing the touch-up process involves meticulous finishing touches to ensure the repaired area seamlessly blends with the surrounding surface.eartening moment when you discover a scratch or chip on your VW

Flattening & Sanding:

After leaving the repaired area overnight, use the TUPF Paint & Polish kit with P1500-2000 sandpaper and a small block for careful sanding. Minimize removal of the original clear coat for a leveled surface.

Bringing to Shine:

Apply a high-quality rubbing compound to bring the repaired area to a brilliant shine. This enhances gloss and ensures a cohesive appearance with the surrounding paintwork.

Note for Tri-coat Paints:

For Tri-coat paints, follow specific instructions provided with the kit. Typically, apply the ground coat "Paint 1" first, ensuring an even application. Once dry, sparingly apply the final color coat, "Paint 2," for a nuanced and cohesive finish.


Wet or dry abrasive paper

(Suitable for wet or dry sanding)
180 Grit: This is a relatively coarse grit specifically intended for final sanding and feathering the edges of body filler.
320 Grit: Ideal for the final removal of scratches left by the 180 grit paper.
400 Grit: Employed for rough sanding of primer and also for fine sanding of spot putty.
600 Grit: Used in the final sanding of primer just before the application of the base color.
800 Grit: The next grade up, utilized for the final sanding of primer before applying the base color.
1000 Grit: Employed to sand down existing paint in preparation for repainting.
1200 Grit: A fine cleaning grit utilized for wet sanding a panel before repainting it.
1500 Grit: An extra-fine grit designed for wet sanding the clear coat to eliminate defects before paint polishing. It can serve as a substitute for 1000 or 1200 grit when sanding before repainting.
2000 Grit: An ultra-fine grit utilized in wet sanding procedures, providing a smooth surface for the subsequent stages of the painting process.

Professionalism Personified by Scratch Repair

By following these detailed steps and incorporating the expertise of Scratch Repair, you can confidently navigate the touch-up paint process, achieving professional results and maintaining the aesthetics of your vehicle.

Scratch Repair's commitment to quality ensures that your minor imperfections are addressed with precision and care, leaving your vehicle looking as good as new.