If you have never used a touch-up pen or other auto touch-up supplies, it might be overwhelming or intimidating to get started. We’ve seen many people have decision paralysis over choosing colors and supplies. That’s why at Central Alberta Paint & Supplies (CAPS), we offer more than just the things you need to complete the work. Below, we summarize how to get the most out of the materials you need. Keep reading for bonus insider tips and tricks.

The Tools You Need

At CAPS, we supply all the necessary equipment you need to make a great repair on your vehicle. Depending on the extent of the paint job you will be tackling, you may need any of the following supplies:

  • Car touch-up paint pens
  • Spray cans
  • Airbrush guns or hand brushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Clear coat
  • Tape
  • Filler
  • Wax and Grease remover

If you are unsure what the scope of your project will be, our in-house experts can assist you in determining the tools you will need. While the list above is not exhaustive it is many of the common items people pick up in store. Once you’ve purchased the tools you need for your project, continue reading to learn about how to do the best work.

How to Make it Seamless

After setting up your tools, it’s essential to know how to prime your vehicle for the car touch-up paint so your efforts are not in vain. Know that one of the most important things you can do is to do your research before you start. Your car should be washed before beginning, and the area in question should be waxed and free of grease.

Prep the Area

Prepping the area includes sanding down or removing any rust, filling any holes or dents with putty, and applying a primer to the area. After sanding, the primer should be applied within 24 hours or you risk it not fusing with the car properly. If you leave the car longer than 24 hours after sanding, we recommend scuffing the area again lightly before applying the primer.

Use the Car Touch-Up Paint

Whether you are using a car touch-up paint pen, a spray can, or a quart of paint (or more) you acquired from one of our stores in Canada, it’s important to understand the correct methods of application. Any of our in-store staff can walk you through best practices so that you feel confident in your ability to do it yourself.

Seal it in with a Clear Coat

Using a clear coat is sometimes overlooked but is an integral part of the process. Seal in the new paint with a clear coat to protect from UV rays and to keep that coat looking fresh. You may choose to buff the area once it has dried to achieve a nice, even shine.

Everything You Need at CAPS

For all of your car touch-up paint needs, any of our Canadian stores will have what you need to get the job done. Contact our expert team today with any questions you have, or visit us at one of our locations.