How to Use Sandpaper to Remove Excess Touch Up Paint From Car

Written by dale yalanovsky
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Touch up paint application can vary from spot to spot. There might be a drip, a glob, or just too much that looks like a lump, and a bad looking touch up can spoil the paint job on any car. If a bad looking touch up has happened, you can use sandpaper and some regular clear-coat lacquer to make any spot disappear. It will take a little elbow grease and a lot of patience, but if you are up to this task, a touch up paint spot can be made to blend in and look as good as new.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 800 to 2000 grit sandpaper
  • Small artist paint brush
  • Clear-coat lacquer

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  1. 1

    Begin sanding the spot with 800 grit sandpaper. Sand down the spot until it is more or less even with your regular paint job.

  2. 2

    Switch to 1000 grit sandpaper, and even it out even farther.

  3. 3

    Switch to 1500 grit when the spot looks close to even with your original paint job. This is more of a polishing paper than an actual sandpaper.

  4. 4

    Switch to 2000 grit to blend in the spot with the surrounding paint.

  5. 5

    Dip the artists paint brush into the clear-coat lacquer. You don't need much, just cover the tip.

  6. 6

    Brush lightly over the spot. The lacquer will fill in any tiny scratches and make the area blend and look like the rest of the paint. Let dry over night.

  7. 7

    Polish the lacquer with 2000 grit sandpaper, if needed, and apply another coat.

Tips and warnings

  • To make it look like the original paint, use precision and patience with each step.

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