How do you find touch-up paint that matches auto body paint colors?


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To find touch up paint to match a particular auto body paint color, go to a website that specializes in the product, such as Automotivetouchup.com or Expresspaint.com, and enter the year, make and model for the vehicle in question to view colors available for that configuration. Most automotive manufacturers also supply touch up paint for their vehicles. For Ford vehicles, for example, go to the website Fordparts.com, click on Chemicals and Lubricants under the Our Products menu, and select Paints.

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Touch up paint websites provide products in a number of different application methods and sizes. When the owner needs only enough paint to cover a small scratch or chip, he may opt for products such as a one-half ounce or two ounce bottle, a one-half ounce paint pen or a 12 ounce aerosol can. For larger jobs, the websites typically offer pint, quart or gallon cans of paint.

In order to more closely match the original finish of the body, the manufacturer may recommend a clearcoat product in addition to the paint itself. Clearcoat is typically applied in two to three layers once the touch up paint is dry. After the repair is completely cured, the owner should polish the repair with rubbing compound to blend the clearcoat and give it a glossy finish. Some paint pens include clearcoat in a second applicator tip.

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