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I know that there have been discussions and links to touch-up and have read them in the past. However, I still have a specific question about vertical surfaces.

Recently, I had the fortune of having someone let their door swing into the driver's side rear quarter panel. It happened to hit right on the fuel door. There is a minor scuff of white paint on the door itself. However, on the top and bottom of the body panel, right on the corner where the fuel door meets the body panel, there are nice chips in the paint. I was wondering if there are any specific techniques to use to touching this up. I have read about thinning the touch-up paint and using a toothpick. It seems like there would be a problem of the paint running.

Thanks in advance for the help,

Jeff

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Jeff,

If you have shaken your touch up paint up enough, it is usually thick enough not to run. Don't put a big drop, use several layers of smaller drops to build up the chip.

If the paint is really thin, I have had luck putting 10 or 15 drops in the twist-off cap from a 20 oz soft drink (make sure its clean!) and letting the solvents evaporate a little before applying. That way, your original container of paint doesn't thicken, but the paint you apply is thick enough to stick on the vertical surfaces.

A variation on this works for spray cans. Spray some paint into a dixie cup, let it thicken, and then use it for touch-up.

I have used toothpicks, match sticks, and small hobby paint brushes with success.

Hope this helps.
 

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Jeff - try this link for some info.

http://www.autoeducation.com/carcare/paintchips.htm

Using the toothpicks and putting the paint in a small paper cup worked out well. The Honda touch up dries really fast and it was easy to mess with it too much.

Good Luck

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Thanks for the advice. The link has similar steps to what I have seen before, which makes me feel more confident about the process. I suppose that if there is so little paint applied that it will not run down the side of the van.

Jeff

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'01 SS EX
Cassette, Rosen Video System, Fog Lights, Splash Guards
Full Nose Mask, Donnelly ECT Mirror

See photos at:
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