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Touch-Up Enamel Application


Using Touch-Up Paint or Enamel can be tricky. First and foremost, you must have the correct match of color. Any color can be matched--unless you have a special color that was personally made for your vehicle. Now that we've got 1/2 of a percent of the population out of the way. You CAN find your exact color match at Auto Zone and Wal-Mart. Colors come in the identity of color, make, year and manufacturer. I have a black vehicle so you would think that would be easy enough--you have black and blackest black! But some of us have finishes that have faded so we must be very careful in making the right match. If you're still unsure, ask someone there who can help you make a dicision on a color you can be comfortable with. If all else fails, return it for an exchange or refund.

Application seems simple enough. You must first make sure the area is clean free of dirt and/or debris--otherwise, it will not stay. Do not wax your vehicle before you touch-up! It will come off after a few waxes or even washes. Again, the area should be bare of chemicals. You want to make sure it stays on for protection from metal exposure to the sun, dirt, salt etc. The temperature should be at a minimum of 50 degrees. There should be no wind because it will dry the brush and application will be lumpy. Also, the wind carries debris and you certainly don't want that in your enamel after it dries. You must have control of the tip of the brush. Touch-Up Enamels also come in a dual-purpose capsule with a ball point tip, much like a pen for easier application. Place your hand against your vehicle as if you were going to write on your vehicle. This gives you stability for application. A light stroke directly onto the scratch or fill in the scratch enough cover it. No need for more than one coat! If done right--all you need is one stroke of the brush. Let it air dry completely. Now you may wash, wax or polish your vehicle. If waxing, be gentle around the newly touched-up area for at least 24 hours. After a couple of washes and waxes, the excess enamel--the enamel that is not inside of the scratch will wear off evenly and you may never recognize you ever had a scratch in that spot--in MOST cases.

I keep a capsule of touch-up enamel in my inventory. Please read the instructions and keep it stored as follows. Enjoy your vehicle(s) and drive safely! Marie
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