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Old 11-28-2015, 09:27 AM
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Touchup paint for scratches

Any recommendations? I have some scratches on the doors that I'd like to patch so there is no rust.

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Old 11-28-2015, 09:39 AM   #2
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I tried the factory color touch up paint that is "supposed" to be the color my JK is... it's not.

I'd go to a body shop that mixes their own colors if you want it to match perfectly.

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Old 12-01-2015, 05:33 PM   #3
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Probably depends on your color. My Mopar Firecracker Red touch up paint is as close to perfect as it gets. My black Mopar Touch up paint for the top also passes the test.
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Old 12-01-2015, 05:37 PM   #4
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Someday my '98 TJ will have enough scratches to justify buying some Dr ColorChip. Lots of good reviews, but it's pricey. You might take a look at that on Amazon. Anyone else tried it?
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Old 12-01-2015, 05:49 PM   #5
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when i was a kid i worked in a body shop and i did paint prep and paint jobs on cars that were smashed up and fixed. so lots of hoods fenders repaints etc. almost all manf have paint codes that shops can mix in house to be the exact formulation that the factory used when the jeep was new. the problem is that exact match formula wise cant make up for things like sun fading, weathering etc. so the newer touch up will always be standing out against the original paint. it is possible to blend the paints between new and old while spraying but even then its not gonna look perfect. unless they are deep deep scratches i would try to use a polishing compound that will remove surface damage and will make deep ones less visible. tutrle wax makes one in a green can you can get almost any store that sells wax thats a white paste. its cheap and easy try that first and see what it does. if that dont do the trick take it to a body shop and let them try with a buffer and the pricey products. ive always picked living with the polished up scratch over touch up since the touch up will stand out unless a lotta efforts put in. i have show truck thats a garage queen and never fails if i drive it some one door dings me etc. so i use the cheap white turtle wax polishing compound on it and it does the job. i did a car that was keyed that belong to a high school kid, had key ring pin stripe all the way around it and up and down the whole length of the car. about four hours with the old plum crazy compound and air powered buffer then some wax and all but the deepest spots looked like new. so try the "armstrong" method ahead of touch painting.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:02 PM   #6
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I haven't tried it yet...but I plan on it...They offer lots of options for amounts/applications etc.
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Old 12-02-2015, 10:10 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Off Pavement View Post
I tried the factory color touch up paint that is "supposed" to be the color my JK is... it's not.

I'd go to a body shop that mixes their own colors if you want it to match perfectly.
Love it "it's not."

I've lived in areas that don't use salt on the roads and had many scratches even where chips of paint have been removed and had very little issue with rust on my TJ that I had for 14 years. However, Michigan is different, for a temporary fix wax it don't remove the wax until you get the touch up.


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