Issues Affecting Your Touch Up Paint Use

Weather

rainy weather affects touch up paint

Weather is one of those factors that no one thinks about when they use touch up paint, however, it is one of those issues that affects how successful you will be when you try to use touch up paint. The two issues you face when you use this type of paint is heat and moisture. Both of these items have an effect on the capability of your paint drying. Moisture can cause your paint to streak. It is only really a problem if you are doing this in the rain, which, we really hope you are not attempting to do unless you have a very good reason for doing such a thing.The two issues you face when you use this type of paint is heat and moisture. Both of these items have an effect on the capability of your paint drying. Moisture can cause your paint to streak. It is only really a problem if you are doing this in the rain, which, we really hope you are not attempting to do unless you have a very good reason for doing such a thing.

The problem with heat is that it makes your paint dry much quicker than you may want the paint to dry. It sounds like it might be a good thing, however, there are times this might be a problem. You have to think about your own body in addition to how it is going to dry. You can easily get a sunburn or worse if you stand out in the heat for too long. What good is a car if you are unable to drive it? You have to make sure you are hydrated and that you take proper measures against the sun and heat to make sure that you can get through the session.

You also have to take into account any heat you have coming from any source. If it is close to the paint it may blister and change the paint. Remember that paint is a polymer and polymers tend to change when exposed to extreme heat or cold. They are also affected when exposed to long term exposure to heat or cold. If you have a heater close to your vehicle then you might want to rethink that position or you might damage the paint on your vehicle. 

Type of Paint

We have talked about this before but it bears repeating. If you are going to use touch up paint then you should use the correct type of touch up paint. We are not only talking about OEM vs Aftermarket paint which is a beast of a subject in and of itself. We are talking about the judgement calls some people make when repairing their vehicles or, more specifically, when people decide that using nail polish is a good idea. The debate rages on whether or not you can use touch up paint for paint repair. It is true that nail polish and touch up paint contain some of the same elements which is actually somewhat scary if you stop and think about it. However, you have to factor in the potency of the product before using it. Nail polish is a temporary fix at best. You must also consider that the color you think the nail polish may not be the spot on match of the touch-up paint. You can make the vehicle look far worse than when you started. It might be smart to test the colors before you start. 

If you have the right tools

The other issue you may have is that you lack the tools to do the job effectively. If you are missing something to get rid of the rust that has accumulated on the area you need to paint then you are going to have to take the time to get the item. You can easily fix this problem if you get the right tools. For example, there are touch up paint pens that include an abrasive tool to help you get rid of that rust. You may also need clear coat or primer depending on the damage and paint you bought. How do you know if you need to buy these items? A good look at the directions before starting is the best way to determine what you need. You may have a plethora of tools provided by the manufacturer of your paint. It only takes a few minutes at most to see what you need and that action can save you time and money. Do not forget that once you start the process that anything you do after you put the first stroke or spray down is going to affect the outcome of your work. If you have to walk away and buy something so you can finish the job then you open the paint job up to disasters that can range from a cat walking in the paint or texture problems caused by dripping paint. 

Size of problem

Finally, you have to consider the size of the problem. If you have sustained significant damage then you need to consider how much touch up paint you need and what type you need. Touch up paint comes in two varieties in most cases and those two varieties are paint pens and aerosol. Paint pens are best when used on smaller scratches or chips. Aerosol is best used when the damage is much more severe. However, if you have a large amount of damage then the best thing to do is probably go to a body shop. 

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