Using a car for years means that you probably have acquired your fair share of scratches, dents with flaking paint, and paint chips that you have been ignoring.

If you are ready to invest some money and read through this car paint repair guide, you can stop the rust in its tracks, touch up your car’s finish and get your vehicle back into reasonable shape.

While you may not get the same results as body shop results, the techniques in this guide can make the blemishes less noticeable and delay the onset of rust-through.

Start your car paint repair project by getting the proper paint colour. Having your engine code and vehicle identification number handy will help you get the right colour. To fix scratches and paint chips, you’ll need a spot-sanding tool, professional micro-applicators and paint syringes.

The small applicators deliver just the right amount of paint to chips. For scratches, use the paint syringes to apply a continuous coat of paint. For small dents and dings, apply paint with a 1/4-in. artist’s brush.

Furthermore, pick up a can of wax and grease remover, and if you already have rust forming, an assortment of sandpaper grits and a bottle of brush-on rust converter.

A checklist of the materials you will need are:
• Spot-sanding tool
• Foam brush
• Professional micro applicators
• Paint syringes
• 1/4-in. artist’s brush
• 1/2-oz. vials of touch-up paint and clear coat
• Wax and grease remover
• Assortment of sandpaper grits
• Bottle of brush-on rust converter

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Washing and Sanding
Before touching up the paint on your car, wash your vehicle. Let it dry and apply the wax and grease remover with a clean rag to the areas you’re touching up.

If you have flaking paint with exposed rust, pick away the loose paint with a small screwdriver or knife. Then sand off the surface rust with sandpaper. Also use the spot-sanding tool to remove rust from scratches and larger paint chips. Apply gentle pressure to prevent enlarging the scratch. Remove the sanding dust with a clean rag.

Using Rust Converter for Car Paint Repair
Follow the instructions on the bottle of the rust converter and use a foam brush to apply a thin coating to the area. Apply several light coats of rust converter with a foam brush, allowing proper drying time between coats.

For scratches, use a paint syringe to apply the converter. Allow it to dry thoroughly. If you don’t have any rust and the factory primer is visible, you can skip those steps and proceed with painting.

Using an Artist’s Brush for Paint Repair
Shake the paint vial or stir the bottle for the recommended time to ensure the metallic flakes are suspended in the paint. For dents, use the artist’s brush to apply a light coat of paint to the treated area. Use a number of thin coats rather than a single thick one. Allow the paint to dry between coats.

Lightly sand each coat with sandpaper after it dries. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for drying time between coats. Clean the brush with the recommended solvent between coats.

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How To Use Paint Syringe
To repair paint chips, select a micro applicator that’s slightly smaller than the chip. Apply several thin coats, rather than a blob of paint.

To repair scratches, apply the brush head to the syringe and load it with a small amount of paint. Then apply light pressure to the plunger as you guide the brush head all along the scratch.