• An Auto Paint Touch Up Guide

    If there is one area where you should not skimp it is in purchasing auto paint for a touch up to keep nicks and scratches under control.

    Where to Get Auto Touch Up Paint

    There are many small shops that carry paints that are based on either older formulations or on formulations that are not made to the standards one would expect from a standard automaker, such as General Motors or Toyota. Generally, those paints are based on formulations that may come from small paint shops in the Far East or in Central Europe, where one will find that auto touchup paint is treated as a quickly made, but pricey, commodity.

    In other words, the small shops will reverse engineer paints they have purchased from standard manufacturers and sell them at a huge discount and still make a fortune.

    • Recognized Auto Part Dealer: Auto paint for touch ups should be purchased only from either a recognized auto parts provider such as AutoZone or PepBoys where they have access to the same formulations that are available at your dealer, or they should be purchased from the dealer directly.
    • Dealer: If you purchase auto touchup paint directly from a dealer, you will find that the price will be high but that the product will be excellent. You will also find that the auto touch up paint tube will have factory markings displayed prominently and that the directions for its use are clearly spelled out.

    Types of Paint Heads

    There will be two paint heads available for factory provided or commercially provided auto touch up paint. One will look something like a ballpoint pen head and is for very narrow gaps and dings in the paint. When you shake the tube in which the paint arrives, it will activate a small internal ball with which the paint is mixed.

    When you take off the ball tip there will be a small brush that is useful in filling in larger dings and dents. You will probably find that you are using this brush more than the ballpoint style filler.

    Cheap Paint

    Be wary of any paint that is available for half price or less than that provided by the factory because:

    • It is likely made in a small shop where the paint is either old or formulations are not new.
    • It is made out of poorer quality materials.

    You can save money using this type of filler touch-up paint but, in the long run, it will likely prove more costly. You’ll find that it will wear out quickly or may allow rust to begin to work away underneath the paint that you apply.

    Be as careful as possible when applying auto touch-up paint because it is easy to spot touch ups unless they are done very carefully.

    Carry a tube of the proper color touch up paint in the car’s glove box, because you never know when you will find a dent or ding that needs filling.