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Topic # 151028 11-Aug-2014 15:33
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I tried to get my car into a spot just a little too tight this morning and scraped the wing mirror pretty good. It's a 2003 Corolla, red, repainted a couple of years back to match the factory color - red. They gave me a tiny bit of touch up paint but it dried solid almost instantly.

Is it possible/practical for me to get a bit of touch up paint and fix it up myself? I figure a light sand and a bit of paint, possibly sprayed on from a can - I don't need a perfect job, just good enough. Where would I get that paint from?




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  Reply # 1106562 11-Aug-2014 15:43
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Likely you can. I know Rainbow paints here in Dunedin sell colour match paints. You either take in the fuel cap and the spectro it, or get the paint colour code off the build plate. Usually on the firewall under the bonnet. 



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  Reply # 1106564 11-Aug-2014 15:44
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I think the color code would work, they worked to that. Where would I get spray paint once I have the color code? I don't think brushing it on would look great.




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  Reply # 1106568 11-Aug-2014 15:48
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They should be able to give it to you in an aerosol can if you're old enough.

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  Reply # 1106571 11-Aug-2014 15:51
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Sorry to be specific, rainbow do give you an aerosol can. Their system is called Colorpak, I don't know where you're based but I'm sure someone local will have a similar/the same. Ring a panel beater and ask them when to get them locally. 



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  Reply # 1106573 11-Aug-2014 15:53
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I'm in Wellington. I'll grab the color code and call the people who painted my car, thanks :)




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  Reply # 1106584 11-Aug-2014 16:09
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Thanks for the tips guys, I called the painter I used and they said to go to Total Body Shop in Petone. $31.50 for a spray can of color matched paint.




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  Reply # 1106595 11-Aug-2014 16:33
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Or you could go to Union Hardware in Newtown. This is one of the things they specialise in.



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  Reply # 1106596 11-Aug-2014 16:36
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Another good option. I'm going to be in the Petone area in a couple of days so might as well go there.




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  Reply # 1106599 11-Aug-2014 16:47
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Dratsab: Or you could go to Union Hardware in Newtown. This is one of the things they specialise in.


I think they have closed down now :(  Killed off by Bunnings and the other mega stores I'm guessing. 

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  Reply # 1106600 11-Aug-2014 16:47
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Union Hardware are in Newtown Wellington. I have used both, Union are cheaper but take longer.

If it's red then you really need to clear the top coat otherwise the colour will fade quickly.

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  Reply # 1106605 11-Aug-2014 17:05
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Dratsab: Or you could go to Union Hardware in Newtown. This is one of the things they specialise in.


I think they have closed down now :(  Killed off by Bunnings and the other mega stores I'm guessing. 


I'm pretty sure too that Union have gone. I don't know how much ordinary hardware store competion counted they seemed to be a pro paint supplier.

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timmmay: Thanks for the tips guys, I called the painter I used and they said to go to Total Body Shop in Petone. $31.50 for a spray can of color matched paint.


Thanks for sharing that. When I bought my car there was no touch up paint included which surprised me because I always thought it was standard practice for the manufacturers to throw a little pottle into the glovebox before delivery. When I asked the dealer she said to go to a panel beater but I never got around to it.

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  Reply # 1106873 12-Aug-2014 09:38
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If the paint pigment layers have not been scratched you can use a Clearcoat repairer to deal with the scratch.




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  Reply # 1106876 12-Aug-2014 09:45
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I'm well through to the plastic this time.




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  Reply # 1106880 12-Aug-2014 09:57
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timmmay: I'm well through to the plastic this time.


You will need to sand back, Prime and coat as the paint wont be enough to hide  the blemish and it will still be visible.




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