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I have a nice (not nice but huge) scratch in my rear passenger door...like down to metal. I want to put some touch up paint on it but I don't want it to look like a big glob of crap. :( Any tips? Thanks.
 

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I would tell you to get an empty aerisol can, which you can get at like a fred meyer or automotive store, stick your touch up in there and spray it on. But you'd have to like cover up all the area around the scratch and be really carefule and leave it for like a day. Then you'd need to sand it down, cuz it will spray on really thick. So unless you wanna do that. you may just want to bring it into a shop.
 

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has anyone here ever tried to fix a scratch themselves? i have 2 kind of big scratches i need fixed, one was from some lady hit me trying to parallel park, one was from when i crashed into my friends car this morning. i have an aerosol can of paint and all the thinners and stuff it says you need on the can, but if its going to look like shit ill probably just spring for a professional job. how much would that run?
 

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yeah..it's really more time and trouble then it's worth. Unless you have the time. If your really want it done right then go get it done professionaly. I have done touch up with mine and it doesn't work the best.

Exactly. I'll have to look into those spray cans. spraying is definitely better than having those nail polish looking streaks or globs. :(
 

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Is there a reason you're wanting to do it yourself? If you want the best job possible, talk to your dealer and see if they can do the work or who they recommend. Chances are they'll be able to match color and finish better than anyone else. If you still want to do it yourself, go ahead, but it's still going to look like a scratch that you touched up.
 

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same reason i want to do anything else myself... to save money. but if its guaranteed to look like ass ill probably take it down to the dealer. too bad i already got paint and stuff. how much you think they will get me for this? there are 2 reasonably sized places where the paint is scratched off down to the metal.
 

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That "touch up" paint stuff ain't worth it. I had used some to cover a scratch and now it looks even worse that the scratch itself.:-\ I'd say save yourself the trouble and have a pro do it.
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Touch up paint is good for small rock chips on the front bumper and front of the hood. It doesn't look as good as having it re-painted, but there's no point since I know it'll go back to looking the same in a month.

I can't quote you on a price, but I'll bet you could find out quickly with a phone call to the dealer. Sometimes it depends on how many panels are needing to be repaired. It sounds like you're saying that both scratches are on the same door, so that should cost less than if they were seperate. Some places charge by the scratch, in which case it doesn't really matter where they are.
 

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when you guys say get it professionally done, what do you mean? Do you mean have an auto body specialist put touch up paint? or repaint the ENTIRE body panel and blend it in? That can't be cheap.

Yeah I like to do things myself as well, unless I know it won't come out good. For example, I had a pro do my tint, but I installed my complicated alarm system. I've had good experience using LPHV (low pressure high volume) spray guns through schooling, but I don't have the equipment or talent to match the color...plus that would be a pain for a sratch. Ugh...I hate scratches.
 

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Your Infiniti dealer should have the capability to match your paint exactly. It's up to you to decide how far you want to go towards making it look like new again. Obviously the better the results, the more it will cost. You probably don't need to have the whole panel repainted, but that may be the only way to make it look brand new again.
 

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well...

Even at a Professional Body shop, you need to have it blended to the rest of the car because even though paints can be matched now 100% to factory, they cannot factor in the effects of time -- exposure to sun, rain, etc. which DOES change the overall finish/color of ANY car!!!!!
 

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Chris said:
Even at a Professional Body shop, you need to have it blended to the rest of the car because even though paints can be matched now 100% to factory, they cannot factor in the effects of time -- exposure to sun, rain, etc. which DOES change the overall finish/color of ANY car!!!!!

True. rmjjensen's car is a '99, so hopefully he keeps his car's finish clean and well waxed. If so, the paint should be pretty close to its original condition and be almost identical to the factory color. But you're right, Chris; there are a number of factors that could cause the paint to change. This is why touched-up surfaces will never look perfect. Red is notorious for fading, but newer paints are a lot better than older ones.

Since the scratch is down to the metal, I would suggest getting it taken care of ASAP. The last thing you want is a nice rust hole in your car! :eek:
 

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my scratches are one on the front and one on the back corner. id imagine theres quite a bit of fading on a 91 but then again the previous owner had the back bumper replaced when she backed into a truck so hopefully it wont be too bad (and that scratch is much bigger than the front one). you think the nissan dealer can get the colors right? (theres no infiniti dealer here at school. i dont want to drive all the way home).
 
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