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DIY touchup paint advice

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Zachdrescher, Dec 26, 2020.

  1. Dec 26, 2020 at 2:34 PM
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    Zachdrescher

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    Hello all,
    I would assume this has been covered in other threads, but I wanted to put my specific vehicle paint and info up here to get some advice. Attached are two photos. Just minor scratches on my 2020 Tacoma.
    This is my 4th Tacoma, a 2020, v6 4x4 with the XP Predator package. Paint job is Midnight Black Metallic (With a hint of blue specs if you look closely). Anyway, I have a small patch of scratches on the driver side back quarter panel, right at the bevel line above the wheel well (See attached). I assume this is from falling leaves/branches. I live on an island in South Carolina where there are literally a million trees. The second scratch is on the tail gate, right below the handle.
    I am looking for DIY touchup advice for this particular paint color. These are very minor scratches. In the past, I got some turtle wax buffing stuff for another Black Tacoma that I had. The scratches on that were way more substantial, so it didn't work very well. I also didn't continue to try and re-apply and buff because I didn't want to damage the rest of the paint.

    Advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

     
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    On the second pic some rubbing compound then polishing compound should get that right out with a buffer.

    Too one looks like it may be deeper. Hard to tell in a pic. If it’s not through the clear coat then use the same as above.
     
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    As a Painter I would say that you have to be as aggressive as it needs to be to correct the scratch or gouge so take it from mild to coarse. If the clear is scratched then a compound buffing should do but if the scratch is deeper to the base coat or primer then correcting the the base is required.$.02
     
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    Not sure your experience or comfort level with paint correction. Here are a couple of expensive lessons I’ve learned as an amateur. 1) Start with the least abrasive/aggressive option. It might be enough and will keep as much paint on there as possible. A fine polish or even the Sratch-X listed in the above post. 2) If you decide to use sandpaper, however fine, be prepared for things to get expensive. It’s easy to blow through the clear coat.
    Personally, I’d use a fine compound and/or polish. I like Griot’s products. If you need touch up paint, I like Dr. Colorchip. But matching metallic paint with touch up is really difficult. Good luck!
     
  6. Dec 26, 2020 at 5:51 PM
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    A lot of tw members live with the battle scars along with myself. Just wait until someone sideswipes you then paint everything.
     
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    I just "repaired" some rock chips in mine and a good gouge I did with my bike once and my bed cap more recently. Got some Attitude black/black midnight metallic which I had a hard time believing were the same.

    Only advice is clean it really well first, I was surprised how much better it looked after that alone. Tried applying with some microbrushes and some toothpicks. At first it looked better with the toothpicks because it filled nice and didn't have the brush stroke look. What I found after my first go around was that the drops off the toothpick collapse when it dries but the brush strokes look better after drying. Anyway after some trial and error I'm okay with the results. It's much better than the white marks jumping off the black truck. I got some paint cleaner stuff too which helped remove it from the paint that was find around the areas. I think it's just one of those things, it will look 90% alright with 50% effort but to get the last 10% or (perfect) it's going to take considerably more time effort or expertise.

    After it dries for a couple days give it a wash and wax and it looks a million times better.
     

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