Step by step guide for scratch or blemish removal on vehicles

Release Date:2023-09-13 11:33

Small blemishes and scratches on your vehicle can be a source of frustration. Fortunately, automotive touch-up pens can be used to hide these issues. Similar in appearance to regular ballpoint pens, these pens are filled with car paint. They feature two tips: one resembling a ballpoint pen tip for finer repairs and another more brush-like tip for more extensive touch-ups.

As these pens use actual paint some detail work needs to be done beforehand to prepare the affected area.

Step 1: Sand down the scratch or blemish

1. A sanding block and sandpaper are required. If the scratch has rough edges, use 320-grit sandpaper for sanding. For minor imperfections, opt for 600-grit sandpaper.

2. Begin by thoroughly sanding the area around the scratch but make sure to always use water while sanding.

3. Periodically touch the sanded area to check for smoothness and absence of any rough spots.

Step 2: Apply Putty

1. After drying the sanded area, gently apply a thin layer of putty over the scratch. If the scratch is deep, apply the putty in layers, avoiding excessive thickness.

Step 3: Sand the Putty

1. Allow the putty to cure for 1-2 hours depending on local temperature conditions.

2. Using 1000-grit wet sandpaper, sand the putty until it blends seamlessly with the surrounding area. Wipe away any residue after sanding.


Step 4: Painting

1. Cover the surrounding area with newspaper and tape, leaving the scratch exposed.

2. Shake the touch-up pen thoroughly (approximately 30 times).

3. Hold the pen about 10 centimeters away from the scratch and apply a thin layer of paint. Wait for 1 minute before applying a second coat after the first one has dried. Avoid applying too much paint in one go to prevent drips or uneven coating. Repeat this process 3-5 times until the scratch is adequately covered.

Step 5: Applying Clear Coat

1. Once the paint has dried, quickly move the clear coat pen over the painted area 2-3 times to achieve a glossy finish. Ensure that the clear coat extends slightly beyond the painted area by approximately 3 centimeters.

Step 6: Polishing

1. Allow the paint to fully dry (approximately 7 days; refrain from washing the car during this period).

2. Use a scratch removal polish to enhance the finish. For best results, follow up with a polishing wax

Remember to exercise patience and allow the time listed during each step for the best results.

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