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Fixing Scratches on Your Truck

Truck Trend logo Truck Trend 2017-06-09 Grant Cox
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Owning a custom truck can have its ups and downs. While the pride of ownership and all the thumbs up you get rolling down the road can be rewarding, the other side of the coin is all the extra work required to keep it looking its best, not to mention having to park it way out in the back corner of the parking lot.

For some reason, the nicer your truck gets, the more of a magnet for mishaps it becomes. But whether we want to admit it or not, chances are, ourselves have backed into or ran over something that required a paint touchup for a car or truck. Our subject is a ’15 Ford F-150 that picked a fight with a set of trash cans, scraping the paint off the rear bumper. This mishap turned out to be a great excuse to test out the DIY products from Automotive Touchup to help us get this truck back to perfect. Automotive Touchup makes it easy.

You can go right to their website and enter your truck's information, then match it up to the paint code commonly found on the driver door jam. From there, the site provided us with all the correct product accessories needed to make our little paint DIY job complete. Follow along to see the steps and how to do your own small paint repairs. Check out the Automotive Website to find your truck’s color.

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1. Our paint touchup kit from Automotive Touchup included a sanding block, multi-grit sandpaper pack, paint prep surface wipes, primer, paint, clear coat, gloves, spray handle, and polishing compound.

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2. The owner had an unfortunate run-in with a trash can and was lucky the impact only scraped the paint and did not dent the bumper.

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3. First, we used 3M tape to mask off the plastic around the bumper.

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4. Before any sanding could be done, we had to remove the parking sensor.

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5. Next, it was time for some wet sanding. Starting with 320-grit sandpaper, we loaded it into the supplied sanding block.

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6. Once the area was fully sanded, we switched to the 600-grit sandpaper and wet sanded over the area once again.

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7. Now, it is time to wipe down the sanded area with a paint-prep surface wipe from Automotive Touchup.

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8. To insure a good clean wipe down, we removed the tape from the plastic and used the paint-prep surface wipe to ensure removal of all contaminates from the area.

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9. To prevent overspray, we covered up the parking-brake sensor hole with a piece of 3M tape, as shown.

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10. We then re-masked the plastic pieces and hung a drop cloth over the back half of the truck, so there would be no overspray.

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11. With the supplied can trigger, we sprayed several light to medium coats using the Automotive Touchup sandable primer can.

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12. After allowing the primer to fully cure, we loaded the 600-grit sandpaper into the sanding block and resanded the bumper again.

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13. Using a paint-prep surface wipe, we went back over the newly sanded area.

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14. A test card included in the kit allowed us to check out the color match of the basecoat color. Our test card was a perfect match to the factory paint.

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15. Next, we applied several light to medium coats of basecoat to the bumper area, allowing proper drying time between each coats.

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16. Once the basecoat had fully cured, we then applied several coats of the gloss clear coat. Make sure you allow plenty of drying time between each coat of the clear coat.

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17. After proper drying time has passed, we could then remove the tape and drop cloth and admire our perfect DYI paint job.

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The folks over at Automotive Touchup have this DIY process down to a science. Not only is using their product easy for any novice truck owner, but they use high-quality product. That made our little touchup project a snap and factory paint matching easy. So if you ever happen to find yourself with a little paint mishap, look no further than Automotive Touchup paint products. 

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