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
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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