Proper Use Of Wetsanding and Touchup Paint

Car: 1992 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4

Introduction: Today I did some work on VR4Dani's car to remove some of the previous owners poor attempts at covering up blemishes with touchup paint. The touchup paint that had been used before was a mix of poor quailty paints, possibly even nail polish. Needless to say, they did not match and as I later discovered, they actually made the blemishes look worse.

Scratch Removal: Started off with the normal scratch removal. The passenger side door had really been beat up with some key marks and had some pretty deep scratches. Luckily, only a few small scratches had gone into the basecoat of paint.


Before:

After:

Blemish Repair: After that relatively simple repair, I decided to tackle probably the worst blemish on the entire car. The previous owner had run into what looked to be a brick wall and tried to cover it with a non matching dark green paint then again with an even more non matching bright green nail polish. I knew it was bad but as I began to sand back layers of this junk I realized they had pretty much poured it on there and just let it dry. I had my work cut out for me.

Before:You can clearly see the different colors of the touchup paint in this picture along with the damage.

Wetsanding: Hit it with some 1500 grit then 2000 grit then buffed. The marks looked better already without the botched touch up paint.

Applying touch up paint:

Adding a few more layers of paint and wetsanding again:

And a final highspeed buff/polish:

Big Improvements: Only in the most direct light can you even tell that this is touch up paint

Other Blemished Spots: There was also a spot on the mirror that the previous owner had decided to "take care of." It looked like a large bug splatter but sadly it wasnt.

Mismatched Paint Removal: After a whole lot of sanding, I applied minimal touch up paint.

Just like nothing ever happened

It was a long, tedious, and meticulous process but the results were well worth it!