The Ultimate Guide to Touching Up Car Paint


Your car's paintwork is bound to deteriorate over time because of minor scratches and blemishes. While these issues might seem minor, they can ruin your car's appearance and significantly depreciate its value. Thankfully, you now have touch-up paints to come to your rescue. Choosing a trusted supplier of auto paint in Australia can go a long way in ensuring you restore your car's paintwork to its original splendour. All you need to do is to follow the step-by-step process of touching up car paints listed in this ultimate guide, and you will be amazed to see the outcome. 

Step-by-Step Guide to Touching Up Car Paint 

Here is a step-by-step guide on touching-up car paint for the best results. 

1.) Have all the supplies ready beforehand 

Ensure you have supplies, like automotive touch-up paint, sandpaper, clear coat, clean cloth, rubbing solution, masking tape, a touch-up pen, or a small paintbrush, ready before you begin. It will save you time and the inconvenience of hunting for these supplies at the last moment. 

2.) Thoroughly clean and prepare the surface 

Clean the affected surface thoroughly using soap and water. Rinse well and let it dry. Once done, use a rubbing solution to get rid of dirt, grease, or any other residual matter. Doing so ensures the touch-up paint binds tightly with the affected surface to provide a smooth finish. 

3.) Sand the affected area 

Use sandpaper to rub areas with deep scratches and rough edges gently. It will help smoothen the surface and help bind the touch-up paint seamlessly. 

4.) Apply Masking Tape 

Applying masking tape around the affected area is crucial as it prevents accidental overspray and ensures the touch-up paint does not spread to unaffected areas. 

5.) Apply the Touch-up paint 

The next step is to start applying the touch-up paint. Remember to shake the paint bottle well before you begin. Using a paintbrush or a touch-up pen, apply thin coats of paint and let each coat dry before applying the next one. Doing so ensures you achieve the best color match and avoid excessive buildup.

6.) Apply a clear coat 

Once the touch-up paint has completely dried, apply a clear coat for a glossy finish, adding more protection and ensuring the touch-up paint blends smoothly with your car's existing paint. 

7.) Let the Touch-up paint and Clear Coat cure and blend 

Once you are done applying the touch-up paint and clear coat, allow them to cure for a few days following manufacturer instructions. Doing so will ensure the touch-up paint blends and sticks smoothly onto the affected surface, giving it a pristine appearance. 

8.) Apply final finishing touches 

After the curing process, it is time to add the final finishing touches. Apply a mild automotive polish or wax to the repaired area to help the touch-up paint blend further and restore your car paint's original shine and luster. 


Following the step-by-step process listed above can help you apply touch-up paint like a pro and restore your car's visual appeal. BCS Auto Paints is a leading supplier of touch-up paints, aerosols, touch-up pens, and scratch brush bottles in Australia. Their professional and experienced team is always available and happy to guide and help you choose the right supplies, ensuring you enjoy the best touch-up paint experience. 

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