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Aug 1, 2010, 4:02 PM

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I was misinformed by orielys that i could use auto paint in a can, with gloss, to touch up the car. NOOOT!!! Now i have a dull car.

How do I fix this with out spending the money to get it professionaly repainted? It is a thin coating and in some areas it has washed off.


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 3, 2010, 10:17 AM

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Re: Spray paint removal on car Sign In

Misinformed by a parts place - LMAO - never happens - not funny as they are there cheifly to sell products and most don't give a hootMad

Since mankink walked upright I haven't had any luck with spray touch up cans. Always wrong and will make the real fix that much harder.

I will use them spraying the color in the cap then use a Q-Tip or brush for small nicks.

The real stuff with real procedures is a trade of its own. Totally skilled work to paint and repair so it doesn't show.

It's not my trade but I do suggest you get a real body shop to take a look and pick the best way out,


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Aug 3, 2010, 7:34 PM

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Re: Spray paint removal on car Sign In

Depends on what you're working on. Touch ups by DIYers is mainly for scratches that have gone to metal. What you are doing is getting paint on a bare surface so rust won't get in there or cover areas that have gone to primer for the same reason. Either will never look perfect. There will be obvious flaws.

If you going for a look that is great and can't tell there was a problem it will need to go to a body shop. Painting a car that looks good is hard and requires skill. Blending paint is even harder & requires way more skill. 1st is even matching the paint. You can get the number but paint fades so now you also have to match the fade. Then you have to put down a lot of coats and feather it in to the original paint.....

OK..I guess we're here now and a body shop is still out of the question.... I'm not sure how big of surface you are working on or what the exact problem is/was but there is a few things you could try to maybe make it look a little better. It's still not going to look perfect just for the fact that would require skill & the proper tools.

I'm going to assume it's a 3 to 4 ft section you're working on. 1st this isn't going to be blended. It will be a noticeable section but probably look better than what it does now.

1st clean the area real well and then wet sand it with 1500 or 2000 grit paper lightly and clean with acetone so the paint will stick to it. Then tape off the area around where you will be painting and get newspaper covering the rest of the car to avoid overspray. Before you paint, it would be a good idea to get an extra can and practice on a piece of metal. The reason the paint is dull is you probably didn't get enough down. You need to be consistent when you are painting. Cover the area going back & forth and then up and down using a steady stream. For the next coat you will be cross hatching. This is spraying in an X formation evenly. The problem with just going in on direction is this will leave noticeable lines when it dries. Also you have to get the correct amount of paint down on each coat. If you get too little it will look foggy & dull, if you get too much down it will run. Also this needs to be in a clean area out of the wind and the coats need to be dried before a next coat is applied.......

Like I said there will be an obvious patch when you are done but will probably look better than what's on there now..... Blending is a little over my skills and I don't know if you really want to be laying 20 coats down with a rattle can anyway...


Nov 29, 2010, 10:52 PM

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Re: Spray paint removal on car Sign In

you could try a citrus based cleaner on the paint in a small non obvious area, we use it all the time for removal of spray paint from vandalized cars and works great, if it works do a small area at a time, it will need to be polished afterwards because the cleaner will strip any waxes from the surface, hope this helps, btw ive been in the body repair bussiness for close to 30 years

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