Car Touch Up Paint ➤ Deep Key Scratch


alright so we’re going to touch up this deep key scratch in the front fender this BMW x5 here’s a before and after I just want to make a point most of the touch-up paint that you buy on the internet is very watery it’s very over reduced and it makes it very difficult to do an advanced touch-up technique like we’re going to see so the ultimate car scratch remover system touch-up paint kits comes with a high-grade urethane paint and it’s not reduced and you can see it has a much better consistency and is excellent for this type of a repair job so this panel has been polished and all the clear coat scratches and all the minor scratches have all been reduced so we’ve got really good reflectance which is really important for the final result so I call this the dab and smear basically you’re just taking a gloved finger put it in your touch-up paint and work along the scratch smearing it in you don’t want to play with it too much just one or two swipes and your kind of using your finger to kind of squeegee it into the scratch now this was taken outdoors in bright sunlight and it was about 70 degrees f you want to do this in the shade we did this for photography purposes so that would show up really well when you do the dab and smear technique and you’re smearing like this the paint dries almost instantly so we can see here we’ve gone along this is the first pass and this one area in here is the extreme deep part of the scratch you can see the scratch is still kind of showing where is the part of the scratch on the right hand side there has gotten completely filled up so it might require that we do a second pass of paint so this is the paint leveling solvent and the technique that you want to do is remove as much of the excess on either side of the scratch without actually touching the scratch just yet the more you play with the touch-up paint with the solvent the the higher the likelihood that you’re going to pull all the paint out of the scratch and then just have to redo the process so as you can see i’m i’m working on either side of the scratch and removing all of the excess touch-up paint or as much as i can just kind of getting right up to the edge there now you can see all the excess paint that’s on this microfiber chamois so I’m pulling it up and finding kind of a fresh area and there’s enough solvent that’s on this now that I can still work on either side of the edge so I’m still cleaning up excess now I’m starting to actually pull a little bit of the paint or erode the paint on the scratch itself and I’m just using a light brushing motion across it and I’m treating different parts of the scratch a little differently you know as we saw in the that one image you know the scratch has varying degrees of depth where you know it’s super deep in some areas in some areas it’s a little more shallow that’s why you don’t want to treat the entire scratch area exactly the same if you were to use the same pressure along the whole thing some of the parts of the scratch that are very shallow you might pull the paint completely out of it whereas the really deep parts the paint would still stay in so you just have to be aware of the scratch and and just kind of finesse it and and be a little more gentle on the shallow areas and you can be a little bit more aggressive of the deeper areas the great thing about this technique is you you almost can’t do it wrong if you pull all the pain out of scratch you just simply clean it up and get as much of the excess off as you can and this reapply smear the paint back on it and then try it again in fact if you have really deep scratch areas you may have to apply paint two to three times until you completely fill the scratch up now you can see here I’m actually going in and really with precision getting some areas and kind of pushing that microfiber chamois up and just getting some some places where there’s a little bit excess still there without touching too much of the scratch you can see I’ve taken this microfiber chamois and kind of rolled it into a couple rolls and I don’t have the backup card anymore and I’m just finessing the scratch and removing that excess once again i’m just getting right up to the edge of that scratch and getting the excess off without actually touching the scratch are touching it the least amount necessary so here we’ve got our before this nasty key scratch and here’s our after looks awesome now this picture is actually really close to it which is not wouldn’t even be a normal viewing distance this was like maybe 18 inches away and right at the fender well height in normal viewing distance would be you’d stamp be standing up and you probably three feet away so at this distance we have our noses in it and you can just barely pick it out but at three feet away in normal viewing distance this is totally undetectable