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Old 07-27-2011, 07:51 PM
UTKRanger UTKRanger is offline
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Default touchup paint pen...

Just to get some opinions - what does everyone think about touchup paint pens? My truck is .. i believe Toreador Red in color .. and it has scratches here and there that wouldn't come out with just buffing and whatnot. So I was going to see about getting a touchup pen to cover them up.

Do they blend well? Would it loook good? Would I need to polish and wax again to help it blend?

Just looking for advice! THANKS.
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:53 PM
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Default Re: touchup paint pen...

i ve always heard they are crud, but ive nv used them so i may not be the best to listen too lol... just keep the scratches as a mark of offroadness lol
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:02 AM
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Default Re: touchup paint pen...

I can tell you know dont waste your money . Red is the most expencive paint out there . The reason red is more expensive is because the pigments used to make red are the most expensive. Paint is pigments suspended in liquid and those red pigments cost the most to manufacture. And it takes more pigments than any other color .

So it comes down to this if the ingredients dont match and they wont !!!!! There gonna stand out like a sore thumb . Oh and you cant blend with a touch up pen or brush .

Also I think your paint base is water born paint , only the clear is urethane .
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:08 AM
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Default Re: touchup paint pen...

I've had the same thought about mine, until I saw my girlfriend at the time's 05 silver corolla which had collision repair... trying to save a penny or two they used basically what you're describing.... talk about horrid. Not to mention the cold hard fact that red is the most expensive color. lol. thats why I love minez so much, red it is not. IMO, if you're gonna do something-- do it right and be done with it.

(mostly because 3 years afterwords she went back home to visit her parents and they redid the whole back end where the crappy paintjob was X-D )
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:48 AM
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Default Re: touchup paint pen...

I went to the local automotive paint store and had a pint of paint mixed to match my wife's white Odyssey. They put the paint in aerosol cans which are legal in my area. I some large areas and blended the haze in with 2,000 grit sand paper and then polishing compound. For rock chips I punched a small hole in a piece of paper and held it over the chip and sprayed through the paper towards the metal. The hole in the paper process decreases the area of haze. I suppose I could have blended the small repairs using 2,000 grit sand paper, but I didn't bother.

For your situation you could use the hole in the paper process, BUT it cost me almost $50 for the mixed paint installed in a aerosol can. Plus, white is the most forgiving color to touch up. A dark red is going to be one of the least forgiving colors to work with.

Whatever you decide to do make certain the paint is exactly the same color as your Ranger or your repair will stand out like a sore thumb.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:28 AM
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Default Re: touchup paint pen...

I've never seen one come straight out of the bottle that matches the paint on the auto.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:56 PM
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Default Re: touchup paint pen...

sounds like you guys are using the low-quality touchup paints they sell at autozone etc. I found automotivetouchup which isn't perfect but a lot better than the dupli-color crap
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:51 AM
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Default Re: touchup paint pen...

I have the Ford paint pen and it's not perfect but for a small nick I'd prefer to have it painted then stare at the bare metal. Up close you can tell there's chipped paint there but it doesn't glare at you from feet away... and I think it would look better if I bothered to spend more than 30 seconds on it. I wouldn't expect it to look flawless but I think it looks worse without the paint.

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I went to the local automotive paint store and had a pint of paint mixed to match my wife's white Odyssey. They put the paint in aerosol cans which are legal in my area.
I've been meaning to do this with the leftover paint the body shop had when they fixed my truck...
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