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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:02 am    Post subject: Help needed with touching-up Reply with quote

I'm stuck on first base with this:



My hard-top (this is getting worse) has some superficial scratches/blemishes at the corners and my attempts to apply this have failed miserably. My paint code is 92U, this is 92T, which I think is equivalent. I've tried applying very small amounts in layers but it looks rubbish.

Does anyone have a step by step guide on how to apply this, with which instruments? I'm not expecting perfection, just a reasonable attempt at improvement. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably not what you want to hear but I would get it resprayed.

Went to my local bodyshop this year to get the stone chips done on my bumper, first attempt looked awful as it was so dark.. what I didn’t know was that there could be upto 7 or 8 variants of the same colour code and most touch up sticks tins of paint always take the middle one.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you post pics of the damage you hope to repair?

One thing I’ve learned is that the paint code and the actual colour of your car are, for myriad reasons, different.

The Seal grey paint touch up that I got from OPC for mine is quite different to the actual paint, yet when I’ve had bits spray professionally they’ve matched perfectly.

In the first instance, go to a proper paint place and get a match to your actual paint.

Warming it will help, as well lacquer, and don’t use the brush in the bottle. Watch ammo nyc on YouTube.

But there is witchcraft involved in good paintwork that you will never achieve with a touch in kit.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best results with a touch up stick for me are to take your time, prep the surface well and build up the paint slowly so that it stands proud of the surrounding area.
Leave it a few days to cure then CAREFULLY wet ‘n’ dry the area back to flush. I say carefully as you don’t want to rub through the existing surrounding paint to primer.

Good luck.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As above, but we need to see the area to be touched in. I always buy touch ups from eBay which don’t need a separate lacquer. Blobbing lacquer on top of a carefully touched in area always ruins it!

Best results (depending on the scratch) are often achieved with a cocktail stick rather than a brush. Also waxing the area before cleaning out the scratch can help repel paint from either side and help keep it where you want it.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colour match is usually poor. Chipex might be an alternative or respray
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the comments. I'll try a combination of the above techniques and report back. Will first wet and dry the small area I got wrong and start again. I bought some very fine art brushes for applying the touch-up.

The touch-up itself was matched by the body shop my indy uses.

Will try and post some pictures of the areas too. More chips than scratches I guess, towards the corners of the hard top.

It could be tough, the surrounding paint work seems a world away from my touch-up efforts!

Worst case; I'll get it resprayed.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be able to remove your touch in paint carefully with a bit of thinners... dip a cotton bud in the thinners and rub on the touch up area.

There is some trial and error. As long as you don’t sand through the clear coat in the surrounding area you won’t do any harm
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, silly question (first of many), but will white spirit do!?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a cocktail stick and build the paint up - this should take 2-3 hours between each touch in (and a new cocktail stick each time) , once happy leave it for a day or two.
Then get some warm very soapy water, 3000 grit sand paper and flat the touch in down. Followed by a good compound, polish and some wax - job done.

Or

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4f9zqVbcZDQ

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