Monday, August 5, 2013

How To Use Touch-Up Paint For Your Car

Best Ways to Use Touch-Up Paint For Cars

OK~ It's an inescapable part of owning a car. The mint-condition model you once proudly drove off the lot will eventually have some nicks, dents and scratches- especially if you live in an urban area or have a teen driver in the house. All In An Iowa Mom's Day has partnered with Nationwide Insurance to bring you this helpful information. It's up to you how you choose to respond. You can ignore them altogether, take your car to a body shop for repairs, or take a crack at using a car touch-up paint to take care of yourself.

The collision-repair industry is big business, generating more than $40 billion a year. Much of that is devoted to repairing small scratches and dents. Since cars are major investments for most of us, we protect those investments with car insurance from our preferred insurance company, so why not protect the car's appearance with a bit of car touch up paint? Here's a quick-hitting list to help you tackle it.

  • Step #1: Check your car's paint color code. You'll find it either in the owner's manual or somewhere on the car, possibly under the hood, in the trunk or around one of the door frames close to the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Check with an auto dealer or your local auto parts store to see if they carry that color of car paint.
  • Step #2: Prepare the affected area for paint application by carefully cleaning and sanding it. Protect adjacent non-painted areas with tape.

  • Step #3: Shake the paint vigorously and follow the manufacturer's application directions closely. Proceed slowly, making sure to apply the paint evenly, whether it's from a spray can or applied manually with a brush.

  • Step #4: After it's dry, carefully wash the area and wax it, which will help to seal in the paint and protect against rust.
A few key things to remember when applying car touch-up paint:

  • You must always be carful when working around paint. It contains solvents and other potentially harmful elements. With that in mind, you should always work in a well-ventilated area.
  • You'll need to find a work area with moderate temperatures, since paint adheres best when the mercury reads somewhere in the 70s (fahrenheit).
  • Let each coat you apply dry over night.
With teen drivers and young adults in the house, we always seem to have a car issue going on here and there. The occasional touch up paint project is one that every driver can learn how to tackle. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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