touch up 2000 impala

i have a 2000 impala i'm going to have some spots on the car touched up with paint i'm getting from the dealer.what steps do i need to take in order to
do it myself, and have the best results possible so the new paint blends in with the existing paint on the car?so that you can't really tell it was touched up.any input would be appreciated buy anyone who is famialr with doing it themselves.also, i want to do some leather repair on my interior rear driver side door.is there a product i can buy that i can also do this myself? i did see a repair kit at walmart for around $6.oo, but you have to mix the colors yoursself to get the right color for the leather repair.thanks!
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Charles Martinez wrote:

First off, I wouldn't expect a perfect result.
I made the touch-up paint mistake when I first had my 2002 Grand Am. It developed a couple of very small, barely noticeable scratches on the driver's side door. Like an idiot, I put touch-up paint on them. Now, the blemish caused by the touch up paint is 20 times more noticeable than the scratches ever were.
There ARE instances where touch-up paint helps, but minor scratches isn't one of them. If a few scratches is all you have, you'll do better to some of the polishes offered in automotive stores to buff them out, and then wax the car.
If, on the other hand, you have some stone chips where the original paint is actually missing and you can see the metal surface underneath, then the touch up paint will definitely help but not fully restore the surface to "like new" condition. Make sure you've fully cleaned the area you're going to apply the paint to (may as well just wash the whole car thoroughly). Apply the paint in SMOOTH strokes, and avoid using too much or else it'll drip down the body of the car and not look good at all.
And, be realistic about the results. You're still going to see a blemish, as touch-up is basically a lacquer-based paint and will look a lot someone used nail polish to cover the area. However, it will work well enough to protect the surface, and if applied properly, won't be too noticeable to the average person looking at your car.
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