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Old 08-31-2009, 01:05 PM   #1
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Last Friday, my 5-year-old daughter decided it would be fun to use her scooter to scratch up my left-rear quarter panel (maybe a 12" x 4" area). Believe me, she got a lecture about respecting other's property, but it doesn't change the scratch marks left behind.

The car is a '95 SC1 with black gold paint. Personally, I'm not sure if it's worth putting $$ into something cosmetic on a 14-year-old car. But if I decide to, what would be the best route to go, considering GM closed all the Saturns in my area (Kansas City) earlier this year?

Would places like Maaco even carry the black gold paint needed to match the color?

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Old 08-31-2009, 01:27 PM   #2
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You need the paint code from teh label on the spare tire cover and then you get a spray can of color and clear from here. http://www.automotivetouchup.com/paintcodelocations.htm If it is only a couple of scratches you can color them in with a water color brush and a bottle of paint. Spray the clear coat though

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Old 08-31-2009, 02:56 PM   #3
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Any bodyshop can purchase or make up the paint you need. Not sure if Maaco would be any better or cheaper than a local shop (Is Earl Schieb still alive?). The guy who does my paintwork used to spray Corvettes, got tired of that and now does racing boat repairs (and my stuff, for beer money).

An automotive paint store could also mix up a pint/quart of paint which could be made into a spray can - there's a system with pressurized spray head screws into a a glass jar to make your own can of spraypaint.

Are the scratches through the paint and not just on the surface. I've had great luck with Meguiar's Scratch-X to make our marks and flaws that don't go past the paint layer.

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Old 08-31-2009, 04:08 PM   #4
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Get your paint code and then call some wrecking yards and see if you can find one in the same color, should be only $35.00 and it will match.

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Old 08-31-2009, 04:14 PM   #5
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Napa made me a 7oz can of black gold paint in ~2hrs. Stupid lunch break interrupted 'em. There's 2-3 "options" of the same code for '97 at least, one happened to have a tad bit more red, one's got a bit more gold and one hardly looks different then the regular black.

If they're good they'll have a paint chip book you can compare what your car's color is.

Be glad it isn't either white, or ford white. A friend of mine had to touch up his '95 Escort and had the dandgest time getting just the right shade of white for it.

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Old 08-31-2009, 05:45 PM   #6
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The paint code and the year will get you the right mix. Several colors shifted a bit across the years of use.

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Old 09-01-2009, 07:20 AM   #7
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Yes, unfortunately the scratches have gone through the paint...

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Old 09-01-2009, 08:37 AM   #8
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If the scratches are deep then use a touch up mix and apply it into the scratch with a good water color brush. It will take several coats to get the scratch mostly filled. Then spray on the clear coat through a mask unless you happen to have an air brush.

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Old 09-01-2009, 12:42 PM   #9
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I found a 1/2 oz. paint pen for $12.95 at automotivetouchup.com. Might this be a good, inexpensive option--and easier to apply than an aerosol can (I would worry about over-spray)?

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Old 09-01-2009, 12:53 PM   #10
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The pen will get the color close and will fill in the gouge. You will probably be able to see it when you look for the old scratch though.

The pens are a single coat process when you are patching/repairing a 2 coat process. The original finish is a base color coat that has no shine and then a clear coat for the shine and depth.

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Old 09-03-2009, 09:56 PM   #11
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You might take a look at http://www.paintscratch.com depending on how much you want to spend. Their paint is mixed to be an exact match to factory colors. I bought some from them a few years ago. Excellent stuff, though a little pricey.

In my case, I ordered the spray can. I was actually painting a scale model of my first car(81 Mustang Hatchback). I wanted to build a replica of the car I should have kept, and the paint had to be an exact match. Cost me $50 to get it right(actual car was 2-tone). But, that was cheaper then the local auto paint store that required I order at least 10 spray cans of each color before they would even think about mixing it up.

That's just my 2 cents worth. Whatever you decide to do, hope it works out.

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Old 09-03-2009, 10:21 PM   #12
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I don't have suggestions on paint sources, but I will say that I've found it pays to be careful even at professional paint shops. I had bodywork done on my car after I was rear-ended, and even after "matching" the paint to the Black Gold, it really isn't exactly right.

Hopefully if you have the exact shade # to request if you do decide to go the professional route, it will get the bodyshop closer to your actual car color if they make up your paint to order! From everything I read in this thread, it sounds like Napa is the way to go.

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Old 09-03-2009, 10:31 PM   #13
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Take your paint code to a automotive paint shop. NAPA is a parts store that sells paint.

Around here it is the PPG brand that has the stores. If you lay the color into the chips and scratches with a small round water color brush (yes, water color is important) they will be almost invisible when you are done. Go to the artist supply store and pay the $5.00 or so for the brush.

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