The purpose of car touch up (and our main goal) is to make damage less noticeable. After touch up is performed, how little of the damage can still be seen depends greatly on the original severity and the color of the vehicle. We strive to make your car look as good as possible. If we aren’t confident we can make the damage look at least 70% better from 5 feet away, we will inform you and help you come up with the best plan of action.
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Services we don't perform and damage that should go to a body shop
Click here for a list of services we don’t perform and examples of damage we refer to body shops instead.
“Downtime” is the length of time you will be unable to touch the paint.
You may drive immediately, rain or shine, after it is completed. However, in most cases you will not be able to physically touch the painted surface, including washing it, for 48 hours. We will provide you with a “Reminder Card” that will state when it is safe to wash. Try not to apply any more than very light pressure directly to paint until two weeks has passed. Full cure time on the paint is 4 weeks which is only relevant if you plan to buff your car.
A general rule about car color concerning touch up is...
“the darker the color of the care the better it will look after repairs”
Click on your color in the table below to see a detailed explanation if available.
In order from easiest to hardest:
Black Yep! No misprint here.
Very Dark Grey
Most dark colors with and without metallics
In order from hardest to easiest:
Silver, Gold and most light metallic colors
Light colors without metallic fleck
Three stage paints (pearl white)
Some potentially useful paint terminology:
Metallic Paints: Paints with what may be called sparkle, glitter or fleck. (90% of all modern cars)
3 Stage Paint jobs: Paints with a second translucent layer on top of the base color layer. Yes, this is your “Pearl White” paint job.
Single Stage paint jobs: Paint jobs that do not have a layer of clear coat on top of the color layer. (Mostly on classic cars)
Murals: Paint jobs that produce a picture by applying multiple color layers.