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I have a couple of dime sized to half inch spots on the car (front bumper has 3 spots and side of the car has 3 half inch areas) which could really use some touch up paint after my wife brushed against a fence. I have used products to clean/sand/prep the area before applying the paint using small brushes I bought off of amazon. I read a lot about the best practices when applying touch up paint and followed that so did my best technique wise. I attempted this to the spots on the side of the car and looks like the colors do not match at all. I bought the OEM touch up paint off of ebay. After all this, I think I made it look worse :(

Do you guys think the touch paints are just not worth it? I dont know whether I should try another one touch paint and do it all over again or should I just go to the body shop at this point.
 

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dime sized areas are relatively HUGE and are never going to go away from touch up paint. The best you can hope for is to reduce how badly they stick out, visually.

I don't buy dealer paint, so I don't know if they're giving you the correct paint, or if they're cutting corners to keep it cheap/easy... Is it a single bottle of paint? If so, it will never match!

White Diamond Pearl is a tri-coat paint. There is a base, mid-coat, and then a top/clear coat. In the touch-up paint world, this would require two different bottles of paint -- one for the base coat, and then a second that has the mid-coat and clear coat mixed together. You would need to prep the surface, and then apply a thin and even coat of the base. This needs to be given time to dry. Then you can apply the mid/clear mix and let that dry.

When I buy a new vehicle, I go to the local PPG dealer and purchase their smallest quantity of paint, using the paint code from the new car. I find this to be a better value, as I get several times more paint than I'd get from a touch-up pen, for the same or less cost -- and I get the correct base/mid/top coats that I can apply properly... Instead of getting a special "touch-up" product that compromises the quality of the finish in an effort to make things "easier".

 

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I usually only use touch up paint for circular chips about 1mm large or smaller. I use the hard handle end of a small paintbrush to dab in layers over time and let the paint fill the chips though it's own flow. After it gets "tall" enough to be even, i then apply the clear. Takes a few days to do correctly. Sometimes i put some tape over it after it has dried a bit to protect it between days. Bigger damages i recommend you get a panel respray.

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Car dealers have folks (contractors) to come in and do this type of work. They fixed my rear bumper that had some significant scratches in it. The guy is 100% portable. You might be able to find one via web searches as well.
 

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You can get the kit that has the base and pearl paint pens. It’s like nail polish.

You are not going to get it smooth and to you it will look like crap but to anyone else they are not going to notice and it’s a lot better than seeing those black scratches.

It’s $500+ to professionally paint a bumper. To me it’s just not worth it.
 

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Car dealers have folks (contractors) to come in and do this type of work. They fixed my rear bumper that had some significant scratches in it. The guy is 100% portable. You might be able to find one via web searches as well.
Pearl is really hard to paint. The factory kit isn't all that good. The suggestion above is the best. I'd do it in 3 steps

1) Call your local Acura or Infinity, Audi dealer and ask whom they use for removing small door dents etc., and for touch up paint. Usually someone does paintless dent removal. Make sure the panel is straight.

2) Make an appointment with the dent guy and have him make sure any ripples etc are gone.

3) Set an appointment with the touchup guy. He'll get it very close. Next time the car is detailed it is unlikely you will even see it is there.

IMHO - doing it any other way will reduce the trade-in / resale value of the car by $500 - $800 so you'll get your money back. I'd have the two guys walk the whole car when they are there. Usually my guys find some small things I didn't even notice. Makes the car look really nice. Wash it a day or two before they come by and let it sit in the garage.
 

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I used the dealer paint specific double sided “pen”. Will never use it again! Looks awful and doesn’t match the original. Looks like a blemish. Don’t have any other options yet....
 

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Body shop or air brush specialist. It is hopeless with brushed-on touch-up paint for defects that big. You could fake it somewhat on the plastic bumpers, but not on the big flat body panels.
 

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Interesting thread, just got a white diamond pearl advanced with black interior. Dealer threw in a stock touch up kit (hoping to not have to use it for a while lol) but it does come with a base paint and clear coat separately. On my last car, a Merlot Metallic Nissan Murano which was a PITA to touch up as well, you needed to buff the touched up area into the surrounding paint to make it look decent. This is true with all metallic paints: you will end up with a blob unless you buff the touched up part into the nearby paint using either a lot of elbow grease or preferably a random orbital buffer. I have a cordless Kawasaki one that works quite well for small jobs.
 

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the factory kit looks like a bug hit the car even after being buffed when a layman uses the kit. The paint will look like a brown spot. That said - I paid the guy who does all small dents for the Acura, Porsche, Audi, etc dealers around here to go over my MDX, then when he was done I paid the the guy who does touch up for them to do the same. Outstanding job. It is the only way to go with metallic and pearl colors. It isn't just putting paint down. It has to do with how it is put down - the depth and direction determine how deep and in what direction the mica lays etc. Think of it like a hillside of mirrors and some get broken. Someone can replace those mirrors with identical ones but if they aren't at the same level and angle those mirrors stand out like a sore thumb.
 

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I have found that for very small nicks and chips, Dr. Colorchip is more than adequate. It is extremely difficult to match pearl paint when touching up without using a professional to do the work. I have used this on my 2011 white MDX.
 
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