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    Using Touch-Up Paint On A Car..

    I just bought a used 1998 Honda Accord EX. Well tonight I noticed a few scratches that I want to touch-up and from what I understand the best thing to do is go to the dealer and buy their $10-20 touch-up paint to make sure that the paint matches to the exact color of the car.

    What do you guys think about this? Good idea or nah?

    With a white car though scratches look HORRIBLE!

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    yeah white's gonna show any dark scratch. 10-20 dollars though? sounds a bit low considering it's comin from a dealer...grab it if you can...

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    Yeah something like $20 the guy said.

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    Gotta make sure you get the right color, or else it would look like shiat. Are the scratches big?
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    Nah theyre not big at all. Very small but noticeable. One is one the bumper, the other on the doors. Just gets annoying. And with my car I am a bit of a perfectionist.

    Yeah the dealership better have the EXACT color.

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    Then it sounds good.
    "It is often said, mainly by the "no-contests", that although there is no positive evidence for the existence of God, nor is there evidence against his existence. So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. At first sight that seems an unassailable position, at least in the weak sense of Pascal's wager. But on second thought it seems a cop-out, because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?"

    Richard Dawkins


    "Out of all of the sects in the world, we notice an uncanny coincidence: the overwhelming majority just happen to choose the one that their parents belong to. Not the sect that has the best evidence in its favour, the best miracles, the best moral code, the best cathedral, the best stained glass, the best music: when it comes to choosing from the smorgasbord of available religions, their potential virtues seem to count for nothing, compared to the matter of heredity. This is an unmistakable fact; nobody could seriously deny it. Yet people with full knowledge of the arbitrary nature of this heredity, somehow manage to go on believing in their religion, often with such fanaticism that they are prepared to murder people who follow a different one."


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    10-20 dollars is overpriced.

    why? because it is a very small container.

    my advice would be to fill the scratch then have the whole car polished and buffed - that'll blend the colors.

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    If it is a factory paint color, they will have it. Thats not the problem though, the problem is not ******* it up. You're a perfectionist? Dont do it yourself. Have a friend or a professional do it, because perfectionists usually **** up things like this, especially when they've never done it before.

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    I think I can handle this one as I'm in the process of painting my car...

    Yeah the color would exactly match that of the car becuz of the VIN #. The problem is the paint on your car has already faided to some degree and the two will never be the same. What you want to do is bring it as close to the factory as possible. So close that its not noticeable...remember it wont be 100% unless you have the whole panel re-painted which is a couple hundred dollars eezee...

    If you still want to do it yourself and are not afraid to try again in case you dont do a good job the first time....heres what I'd suggest:

    1. Clean that whole area where the scratches are with a car wash liquid...not dishwashing detergants..
    2. Get some "wax and grease remover" (available at pep boys, etc.) and wipe that area with this solution.
    3. Let dry indoors. If you dont have an indoor garage outdoor should be ok assuming the scratches are minor.
    4. apply the touch up in a fine manner. try to fill the scratch and not overapply. wipe off excess. (you might have to try this a few times..
    5. let it dry
    6. apply again...
    7. let it dry...for a day or so..
    8. wax that area, and the surrounding are and try to have it blend in...

    If you do it right its gonna save you lots of money and you'll learn how to do it in the process

    good luck!

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    Originally posted by nismodreams
    The problem is the paint on your car has already faided to some degree and the two will never be the same. What you want to do is bring it as close to the factory as possible. So close that its not noticeable...remember it wont be 100% unless you have the whole panel re-painted which is a couple hundred dollars eezee...
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    Re: Using Touch-Up Paint On A Car..

    Originally posted by MonStar
    I just bought a used 1998 Honda Accord EX.
    With a white car though scratches look HORRIBLE!
    no prelude? tuttut
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    LONG LIVE THE PRELUDE. Those things give me an erection

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    hrm.. interesting.

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    Remember, this is my business. Touchup paint nearly always looks like ****! Don't do it.

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    Before resorting to paint, take it to a good detailer.
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    why pay a detailer? 300 bucks for something you can do yourself mostly

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    $300?

    Where are you having your car detailed?

    I misspoke.

    Try a good wash/polish/wax yourself, first. if that doesn't work, take it to a detailer to see if they can get the scratches out - ask them before they try.
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    i was practicing hyperbole

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    my dad's been a mechanic for 31+ years, I'd never pay someone to actually work on my cars. I'd do it myself.

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    What Chris said. The paint is going to be applied with a brush attached to the bottle's lid. That's like trying to put fingernail polish on a spray-painted surface. Very likely the touch-up job will look worse than the scratches. You'll also be able to tell where the scratches (filled in with paint) are when tangential light falls on the panels.

    Bodymen are paid well because there is an art to what they do. Ever tried smoothing out Bondo or using a spray gun? I screwed up a door panel once, thinking that if some Bondo bandit could do it then surely I could, too. Sometimes we must just learn the hard way.

    Mike, knowing how much of a perfectionist you are, you're not going to be satisfied with the job you do yourself. Pony up the bucks and let a pro do it. You won't realize how wise a decision you made if you let them do it, but you will realize how bad a decision you made if you do it yourself.


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    Question for Chris: When somebody wants to trade in their old car for a newer one and they've tried to paint some scratches themself, how much resale value does it take off that car?

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