Greetings from PaintScratch.com. Right now we are going to show you how to
touch up a small scratch on your vehicle using our PaintScratch.com Paint Pen. The Paint
Pen is the perfect product for touching up scratches that are less than the width of
a pencil eraser. We are going to fix up this little ding, and by the end of the process,
it will look like this. Now before we get started, we recommend you
wear a dual-cartridge respirator and protective gloves and clothing. And be sure to work in
a ventilated workspace. Okay, let’s get started with the step by
step process. Practice: This is the single most important
step. Use a practice surface such as a metal can or a glossy sheet of paper and be sure
to practice with each of the paint pens. Shake the pen up, depress the tip until paint comes
out, then apply the paint. Practice painting several light coats rather than one heavy
coat. Use the practice to gauge how fast the paint dries and take note of that time. Lastly,
practicing will allow you to confirm the color match of our paint to your vehicle. When applying paint to your vehicle, have
a plastic lid handy. Apply some paint to it from the paint pen, and then dab from that
paint. This trick helps you control how much paint is on the nib before you apply it to
your vehicle. If you don’t use this trick, you may end up with too much paint on your
vehicle. If this does occur, use our automotive lacquer thinner to wipe away the paint and
start over. When you’re ready to apply the paint pen to
your car follow these steps: First, Clean the Area. Apply a small amount
of wax and grease remover to a clean rag. Thoroughly wipe the scratch and surrounding
area. If you do not clean the area, the touch-up paint won’t adhere properly. Second, Apply Primer. If you’re fixing scratches
down to an unpainted surface, use the primer paint pen as the first layer. Apply the primer
the same way you apply the basecoat which we’ll show you now. The basecoat is the touch up paint color that
matches your vehicle. Apply the paint as evenly as possible. Use light layers to evenly coat
the scratch. Allow the surface to dry before adding another layer of paint, use a blowdryer
to help with the drying process. Now, you want to add enough base coat, so
that it is above the level of the original paint. Let it dry, then use the rubbing compound
to level the fresh paint back to even with the original paint. To do this, add a small
amount of rubbing compound to a clean, dry, cotton cloth, and rub it in circular motions.
Repeat these steps until you are satisfied with the look of your repair. Then, let the
base coat dry completely. Apply the Clearcoat. The clearcoat is the
top layer that protects your base coat from damage. The key to successfully applying the
clearcoat is to float it over the basecoat. This means you will use very little pressure,
if you use too much pressure the clearcoat will act as a solvent and remove the basecoat.
Apply the clearcoat in light layers, allowing the surface to dry completely before adding
another layer. Let the clearcoat dry overnight. For the final step, polish with Rubbing Compound.
The rubbing compound is used to polish the clearcoat. Squirt a small amount of rubbing
compound onto a clean, dry, cotton cloth, like a clean t-shirt. Rub the repaired area
in circular motions until the surface is shiny. Do not use a dirty rag or any paper products.
They will leave scratches and you won’t get a smooth, glossy finish. And that’s it.
Remember to wait at least 30 days before waxing. And one last tip, keep a bottle of lacquer
thinner handy to clean the paint pen’s nib. The paint can dry very fast, clogging the
nib, and making it more difficult to use. Keeping the nib clean with automotive lacquer
thinner makes applying the paint much easier. It’s best practice to clean the nibs then
store the paint pens in a cool dry place for future use. Fixing scratches on your vehicle is easy with
PaintScratch.com and we are happy to assist you with any customer service needs. Now go PaintScratch.com and get started!