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Step-by-Step Guide to Car Body Paint

Have you ever had a minor accident or bump in your car in which you (thankfully) were unhurt, but your paintwork took a knock? It happens to the best of us. Chips, scratches or other damage to our beautiful paintwork can mean a surprisingly expensive repair if you take it to a professional.

Here at elitepaints.co.uk, we understand that we don’t all have the money or inclination to seek the professionals to fix a scratch or abrasion. There are great car touch up paint products out there now, and they’re easier to use than ever. If it’s your first time, however, you might need some pointers. Let the team at elitepaints.co.uk help you out:

Step 1: Pre-prep Washing

When applying touch up paint, the surface you’re fixing has to be spotlessly clean. You’ll need to thoroughly wash and degrease the entire area. Once finished, don’t forget to dry the space with a clean microfiber cloth.

Step 2: Sanding

Once the area is clear of any dirt, wax, grease or other obstructive substance, you’ll have to sand the area down. This makes the area smooth and clear of anything that would hinder the car touch up paint from sticking to the surface. You should also sand away any rust or corrosion that you see. Any remnant can lead to further corrosion later on.

Step 3: Time for Primer (serious damage only)

Once the surface is clean and sanded, it’s time to put on the primer. This step is only really necessary when you have a deep scratch or abrasion that has exposed some of the metal surface. The primer acts as a protective layer that prevents the metal from rusting or corroding.

Note: You shouldn’t need much more than a drop of primer. Use a small brush with a pointed head, or even a matchstick, to apply the primer over the area you need to fix.

Step 4: Apply the Car Touch Up Paint

It’s already step 4 but we’re just getting to the painting part. If you’re worried at all that the colour may be wrong, or quality of product not quite right, then test it first. You could use a concealed part of the car, like under the door lip, or on something else. A test will help you know for sure how the paint applies, as well as what it looks like.

Once your ready, use a clean, small-headed and pointed-tip brush to apply the paint carefully and only in the area where needed. You’ll likely have to apply it in layers, in between which you’ll need perhaps 1 hour of drying time (check your paint packaging for recommended drying time). Don’t be hasty!

Step 5: Smooth and Apply Clear Coat

Use 1000-grit sandpaper to slowly smooth out the paint surface until it’s level with the rest of the car. Don’t apply too much pressure as you sand, and stick just to the painted area. Start with 1000-grit, level it completely with 2000-grit, and then finish with 3000-grit sandpaper. This will give you a beautifully smooth finish.

Finally, put on the clear coat with yet another small-headed paint brush. Take each stroke with care, doing your best to keep it even and balanced. Don’t deviate from the instructions on your clear coat. You’ll likely need about 30 minutes of drying time between layers. You may need another bit of 3000-grit sandpaper to integrate the new clear coat with the existing one. The finish will not disappoint.

Don’t be Afraid – Do it Yourself

Using great products from elitepaints.co.uk, you too can get that fantastic finish on a car touch up paint job. Try it yourself!