There are two main types of scratches that occur in metallic paint. The first type of scratches is light brushed scratches. These types of scratches are light and whitish looking and only need clear to camouflage. The other type of scratch is deep & discoloured where either metal or plastic surface is visible and will require primers so this type of scratch does not need clear at this point of the repair so GO straight to colour.
Stage 1: Your car is painted in layers from the factory so when your paint is scratched there are different levels of damage that occur in a single impact. Stage 1) light scratches where only the clear is damaged and needs the first 3 steps of this metallic repair manual to either completely remove the scratch or camouflage it so it is barely noticeable.
Stage 2) Where primers, colour & clears layers that are completely removed and either bare metal or bare plastic is exposed & the appropriate paint layer needs to be applied in the same way the factory formula is sprayed. So Basically fix the light scratches first using stage 1 & then using stage 1 & stage 2 together to repair, remove & camouflage heavier paint chips, scratches & blemishes.
Stage 1 Paint Scratch Repair
Definition: Clean-up is a product solvent solution that does a number of tasks when used within our car touch up paints scratch removal kits. Remove impact residue (whatever hit your car left its mark or smear behind). Clean up will only remove nitrocellulose or rubber residue along with road grime and other various types of industrial fall out. If the residue is enamel and can’t be removed then blemish remover or quick cut polish will be required. Clean-up/solvent is a high-grade paint thinner that is used to thin your factory exact match factory paint products & also is used for cleaning brushes, spills & other.
Procedure: Always check in an inconspicuous area first to make sure the part being repaired is not refinished in nitrocellulose paints. Apply a generous amount of clean-up to the work cloth that is included free in the paint kit. Hold the moistened work cloth against the repair area for a short second where impact residue is visible. Proceed to massage the whole damaged area cleaning impact residue and another industrial fall out and blemishes. If the clean-up does not remove the impact marks use blemish remover or quick cut polish.
Solvent / Clean Up is the first step in any touch-up paint scratch or paint chip repair as it removes most residue transfer and prepares the repair area for the next step in repairing scratches & stone chips.
Definition: Blemish Remover is a very fine Sand Paper in a cream form and is used to polish out light scratches, swirl marks & minor residue in the painted surface.
Procedure: Apply a small amount of blemish remover cutting agent to the polish cloth. Massage the scratch and surrounding area removing minor residue and fine scratches caused by the impact of a foreign object. Blemish remover will remove and prepare bare metal surface that has been exposed to the weather and has the initial of rust corrosion. Polish until a high gloss is reached on and around scratched paint damaged. Note: If the Impact paint transfer Residue Will Not come Off, Use Color Touch-up To Camouflage. Please be aware that Quick-Cut polish kit selection should be used if there is heavy scratching in the paint.
When light scratching can be seen in metallic paint surfaces always try to remove the scratch first without painting. Using our quick cut or blemish remover will be able to polish out light scratching. Be generous with the cutting creme and be persistent with attempting to remove paint scratching. We recommend with light scratching in the clear you use & apply the Blemish Remover or Quick-Cut 2 or 3 times.
Definition: Touch up clear is used over metallic paints on cars when manufactured. The shine that is seen a metallic painted car is in fact not the color it is a clear gloss. This clear gloss is used to ideally protect the metallic paint color as well as give the paint an appealing good look. Unfortunately when a scratch happens in metallic paint the clear is the first scratched paint layer, so the clear must be repaired first.
Procedure: Shake clear contents well before use. Accurately apply 1 to 3 coat to light scratches not applying any touch up clear on good paint.
Touch up clear gloss can be applied to metallic painted surfaces where the clear has started to peel off in spots. By sealing the peeling paint with touch up clear you will possibly be able to slow/stop the peeling effect. As soon as a sign of peeling clear appears to seal it with the touch up clear to stop the peeling form travelling.
Stage 2 Paint Scratch Repair
Where the paint has been completely removed use stage 1 and stage 2 together excluding clear gloss in stage 1.
Definition: Stop Rust is used to treat and stop the progression of rust.
Procedure: Shake rusted contents well. Apply rusted only to the rusted areas. The rusted product will dry to a dark purple/black color & should be dry enough to apply the metal primer. Allow 4 hours in good weather
Tips: Remove Scaly Rust & apply blemish remover before Applying rusted touch-up. Do Not Apply Rusted To Good Paint As It Can Only Be Removed With Sanding. Always wear eye glasses and gloves when using this product.
Definition: Touch up metal primer undercoat sealer is used to give better paint levels when touching up paint scratches & Chips, also protect and promote adhesion of top coat paint colour layers on bare metal on vehicles where a foreign object on impact has removed factory paints.
Procedure: Shake primer contents well until the agitator can be heard. Apply the metal primer undercoat sealer on only the damaged area where bare metal is showing. Do Not apply metal primer to any other part of the scratch including the light whitish looking scratches. Apply one to two coats directly into the paint chip or Clean cut scratch. Allow 3 minutes of drying time in good weather.
Pool the primer to bare metal chips and larger scratches without getting it on the good paint. Apply the primer only where it is missing and bare metal can be seen. Do not use metal primer on plastic parts unless the plastic primer adhesion promoter has been applied first.
Definition: Touch up plastic primer is used to promote adhesion between the plastic surface & applied top coat paints where the paints have been completely scratched by the impact of a foreign object. Failing to apply the plastic primer before painting will lead to a failed long term touch-up repair.
Procedure: Shake plastic contents well, Apply plastic primer only on the damaged area where bare plastic is showing. Apply one coat only. Allow 3 minutes of drying time in good weather between topcoat paints.
Do not use plastic primer adhesion on metal surfaces. Always use in a well-ventilated area and wear eye protection & gloves.
Definition: Touch up metallic paint color is used to cover deep discoloured scratches, chips & paint defects caused by the impact of an object where color coats are completely removed and/or left paint transfer that is impervious to solvent & is to thick to remove using cream cutting agents.
Procedure: Shake color contents well. Check the colour is correct. Apply colour only to the fully discoloured areas of damaged paint where the paint layers including the color coat have been completely removed. Allow 3 minutes of drying time in between coats in good weather. If you have impact residue that did not come off in earlier steps, apply one or two coats of color directly on only the discoloured area.
Always know your paint layers and make sure your not touching up clear scratches with color or the scratch will look just as bad as the original scratch. You can usually tell which layer the scratch is in when using the Solvent or Clean-up solution. As the solvent is applied it will give the area a wet look. While it is wet if the scratch disappears that usually means that your paint scratch is confined to the top coat layer of the paint and Clear Gloss should be used.
Definition: Touch up clear gloss is used to shine, seal & protect metallic paint color.
Procedure: Shake clear contents well before use. Apply 1 to 3 coats of clear gloss over the applied paint color performed in the previous step. Do not apply clear to good paint.
Definition: Clean-up is a paint solvent that can’t be used for a number of things when used in our paint products. remover impact residues & marks from car paint, thin paints, clean spillages & clean brushes.
Always wear protective clothing, gloves & eyewear and use this product in a well-ventilated area. Always test this product in an inconspicuous area first to be sure the area to be repaired is not affected by the solvent. (2k acrylic urethane enamel is impervious to this product) in other words, this product will not effect your car body’s original paint with all current makes & models. Do not use this product on unpainted plastic parts or interiors of your vehicles.