How to Touch Up Paint on Your Toyota

June 2nd, 2017 by

It never fails. You park safely away from everyone in the parking lot, or all alone in the driveway, and you come out to a scratch on your car. You take great pride in your Toyota, and it’s frustrating when you find a new scratch in the paint. But don’t worry – you can touch up paint on your Toyota quickly and easily.

Here’s the Best Way to Apply Touch Up Paint to a Scratch

  1. Clean the scratched area. Wipe the area clean with a wet cloth, making sure not to rub dust or dirt on the paint. Washing your whole Toyota works as well. You might find that the scratch was really just a mark on top of the paint and it comes right off. Otherwise, you are removing any oils or dirt in the scratch itself.
  2. Remove any rust buildup. If it’s a steel part that was scratched, rub the edge of a piece of fine-grit sandpaper in the scratch. You want to remove all traces of rust from the scratch. Otherwise, rust can continue forming and cause rear its ugly head down the road.  If it’s on a plastic part, you don’t need to do this.
  3. Apply thin coats of touch up paint with a fine brush. Most touch up paint comes with its own brush. If yours did not, use an artist’s brush with a fine tip, the size of a nail polish brush. Build up two to four thin coats of touchup paint, keeping within the scratched area and below the surface of the surrounding paint.
  4. You can stop there, or you can apply clear coat. If you choose to apply clear coat, apply two or three coats just like the touch up paint. Let it dry 15 minutes between applications or you could smear it.
  5. For the best finish, wet sand the scratched area. Use a wet piece of 1200 to 2000-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the touchup paint flat with the rest of the surrounding panel. Keep the panel and paper wet while you work. Then, once it’s flat, polish the panel with your favorite car polish.


The scratch is gone and your Toyota is good as new again!

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