How to Touch Up Paint on Your Car

one, two, three, four! Rev up your engines! It’s time for the Scotty Kilmer Channel if your car needs a little touch-up paint because
the paints kind of peeling, then today’s your lucky day, because I’m going to show you
how to touch-up car paint using an airbrush, now as you can see here, a while
back somebody tried painting the bottom of
this car, black instead of silver the whole way, I’m going to paint it back to
silver, so it looks better since this is the bottom of the car,
we’re going to sand it down a little, but we don’t need to do a perfect job,
because it’s just the bottom, we want it to look one color to match the rest of
the car, instead of being the splotchy black and silver where they painted it
and came off, now once you’re sanding it off good, you can get some of this tack
cloth, and you wipe it to get rid of any impurities or dust that’s in the way,
it’s called tack claws, because it’s tacky, when you wipe it it’s sticky, and it’ll
pick up any impurities that are here before you spray-paint it, and you can
see it’s got the grease and grime off it so you can paint it, then you get out
your little airbrush compressor and airbrush wand for spray painting it with
and get yourself some paint, I just took the paint number off this car, went to an
auto paint store, and they mixed me up a tiny batch, and if you’re curious, here it
is on the door jamb, color of our trim there’s the numbers for the paint, and
make sure you have a little reducer to thin the paint, I use 50% thinner and 50%
paint on a job like, this so we pour half paint, and half reducer inside, I got this
at the same paint store then, you mix it all up inside this little eyedropper
that comes with the airbrush kit, then we put on the top, turn on the compressor,
and away we go, you want to spray in little arcs, putting
thin layers on, one at a time, you don’t want to put on too much and make a drip,
you want it so you’re putting layer over layer over layer and eventually it
fills the whole color in, and of course do what I do, put it all tarp over the
tire, so you don’t paint that inadvertently, you want to be patient,
you want to spray a little, like this, in an arc and then let go at the end, and
then spray it back, and let go at the end, once it starting to look good, then get a
big fan and let it air dry for five or ten minutes, and then put another few
coats on it to make a look better, then once you’re done painting, you get a
little older reducer and you pour it into the cup, and then spray it out just
to clean it out, that will get all the paint all the nozzles, and it won’t clog
up the next time you want to use it, look inside, its whistle clean now, and you can
use it next time, and if you really want to do a good job, you can put this clear
coat top coat on it, makes it shine even more, just wait to do that, oh, the
next morning when everything’s totally dry, a few coats of the clear coat, and
now it really looks good it matches the rest of the car, I don’t know why guys
painted at the bottom of them black, I guess it’s just a cover-up dents or
something, it looks a lot better one color than part of it black and part of
it silver anyway, so next time your car needs a little touch-up paint why not try
airbrushing it yourself, and remember if you have any car questions just visit
the Scotty Kilmer channel


  • Joseph Murray

    I would have just used a can of Krylon from my local ACE hardware.

  • Brandon Friesen

    How would I do this to a big paint chip on a door panel where the bare metal is exposed? Would I sand it down with sand paper and then paint it the same way? Or will that turn out bad?

  • charlie c

    hello Scotty! huge fan of yours and current subscriber. i was hopeing to ask you a question about my car – i have a clk 320 cabriolet benz, and when im sloped and accelerate , i feel as if the engine moves. my neighbor and mechanic of 30 years says that the engine mounts need changing or tightening.. should I change the tranny mount as well? figure I may as well since all that labor will be done anyways to get to the engine mounts. (car has 111k miles)

  • SleekMouse

    Scotty delivers the content I LOVE.  THANKS MR. KILMER.

  • killmore75

    Who cares about touch up paint for the rockers, Just slap some oil or grease to protect from rust!

  • Richard Jenkins

    hey i been a fan since you started an i was wondering if you could give my channel a shout out an i will do the same thing in return on my channel for you so please give me a shout out an i will give you one im adding you to my fetured channels on my channel i would really like a shout out please it will be the best thing ever thanks

  • Glenn Laycock

    Also if you are really lazy, those car paint places will make an aerosol spray for small jobs. Not as accurate I imagine.

  • Jeff Gowsell

    Hey Scotty I have some slight surface rust on my doors along the inside bottom of my car passengers side. How do I fix that? Thanks!

  • Joe Schenweld

    Hey Scotty I just bought a 1979 transam 3.8liter v6 automatic it seems that after it warms up if it sits at a stop for more than a minute when I start going it feels like it's going to quit then right before it dose it jerks forward as if it got all the gas at once I'm just wondering what It could be transmission carb rebuild?

  • ntr

    What's the advantage to use airbrush for this job, instead of spay can?

  • Il Cuggino Canadese

    Scotty, I love your videos but I think this is a bit complicated if you don't already own an airbrush and compressor. Most car paint stores will mix your paint and make you an aerosol spray-can with it and I've done that and used it many times, one spray-can is good for a whole bunch of touch-ups and cost me 14$. A hell of a lot cheaper and less trouble than a compressor, airbrush + thinner, the work in cleaning the airbrush, etc.

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  • OnTheChainwax

    Black and Silver, San Antonio Spurs colors!

  • mrbright0842

    Hey scotty will you do an overall review on Volvo cars, I just got one not long ago, and want to know if for a tune up, i have to take it to a volvo specialist.

  • Ron Townsend

    That thing looks like an old school pot pipe from years gone bye

  • Storm Silagy

    Hello Scotty, I have a car question. I am driving a 95 Cadillac Seville, and cannot afford anything better, so just trying to make do with what I have. Whenever I shift from forward to reverse or turn the wheel all the way to a side, It makes a horrible sounding clunk or clunks. I am guessing its a, or both drive shafts (front wheel drive), but I am not in the financial situation to guess what needs replacing. What do you think it is? Thank you for your time 🙂

  • Liamautomechanic

    good vid.

  • Natalie Luna

    i have a question about my truck can you please help me?

  • yasser aboamoud

    @Scotty Kilmer Hi . I hear some squeak noise when my car is loaded (regular load).specially when I drive on ramp or driving up hill .I took it to mechanic he said nothing looks wrong and noise didn't show up at the shop because the car is not loaded .I replaced all struts 10k ago but didn't changed the coils , what can I do ??. car is Hyundai sonata 2008

  • Bostonclassics1

    Unless it's a $10 K  or more car; $2 sandpaper and $10 can of spray paint is the best.
    I do appreciate your videos.

  • T2T-

    You should mask the doors to prevent overspray. I can see paint mist flying around above the ground, so it must be getting on the rest of the body too.

  • JustLouIt

    Hey Scotty, I got a 08 VW Rabbit. I've noticed the A/C takes almost 4 minutes to get cold. The air flow is good and there are no signs of leaks. Any ideas? Thanks!!

  • ChompChompNomNom

    Can you do a video on Jap vs Euro cars. Sorry not American because we don't get those in this part of the world. I had a VW Golf 1.8 Turbo which had 2 pages of work needed done on the MOT. I now have a £200 Toyota Corolla with dents and a dirty engine and all that was wrong with it is a misshapen tyre and a couple of corroded brake hoses.

  • John Smith

    How critical is it to have the tires rotated on a car with 20k miles. I have not had them rotated for 12,000 miles so far. Do tires require rotating every 5,000? Is there indications when the tires should be rotated so they wear out evenly because the suspension is perfectly aligned.  THANKS!

  • Carlos Gomez

    Hey Scotty! Could you please help me? I have a 2001 Ford F-150 that struggles when accelerated I have changed the fuel filter and new air filter and spark plugs plus cables and I still have the same problem what can I do!?

  • Gamers Lust

    Is that your mustang?

  • Mac Ten

    Hello sir, I just bought a 2001 Honda civic car. What are the pros and cons of the car please ?

  • Mario

    I just changed the brake pads and rotors myself on my car, but now the front driver's side rotor won't move, it is stuck against the caliper bracket once the bolts are tightened. I disassembled everything and put it back together thinking I had made a mistake, but everything checks out and it is still like that. I tried driving my car after and that one wheel won't turn because of it, all the other wheels are fine. What could be causing this? Car is a 2007 BMW 328xi by the way. The only thing I could think of is that I received the wrong rotor, the wheel bearing could have randomly gone bad, or something else altogether. Let me know what you think because I would rather fix it myself than have someone else do it. That's why I watch your videos.

  • proseinc proseic

    I friend of mine has a 2001 blazer and her a/c wont work
    one day it works and the net day it don't
    she took it to get repair they replaced the switch and still want work
    rerplaced the low pressure switch still not working
    had Freon checked and it is right on money that is when they hot wired the compressor
    got any ideas she is getting ready to drive it off a cliff
    also forgot to mention some dude did some thing under the dash more like under the glove box years ago to get it going and it seemd to work for a year then it went out

  • Krys Sulich

    I have a 91 F250 I baby this truck. Recently I noticed it's got some rust spots about the size of a dime on the to of the roof in the cab and has some rust above the wheels would this technique make it look newer?

  • diver dave

    I was wondering Scotty ole boy… wouldn't it be a good idea to mask off the area , so that the wind or unsteady hand wouldn't allow paint on other areas of the car ?

  • splashcat

    Wow! great little video. Do you have any suggestions for touching up clear coat in a visible place? I've got a couple spots about the size of quarters flaked off my new 2004 cranberry Sentra sedan.

    –Or, if I can find a self-levelling clear coat professionally done like Vivilon's Forevernu or Clear-FX should I spring for it? The car hasn't been garaged for the last 4.5 years and I don't have a garage or carport either now.

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  • ahbalone

    Hey Scotty,Great videos! I hope that's your Shelby at the end this video.

  • Jeremie Lison

    you really shouldnt use a fan to dry the paint especially out doors, it blows lots of crap onto the paint.

  • kd6101

    hey Scotty you live in Michigan, just wondering the car in the video had a MI plate. I am from Mi.

  • HeinousRacingProductions

    Eh Scotty! Where can I get a compressor that size?

  • NoStress90s

    if this douche canoe was peeling out like that in the neighborhood I live in, id call the cops on his ass

  • rickovideo

    Scotty. You remind me of Joe Pesci the actor.

  • If you want to be free, follow Jesus.

    You are AWESOME Scotty!

  • Mark

    why black?  because you dont have to get paint mixed. black spray paint is cheap and plentiful

  • Pat

    Sweatin' duckets!

  • Cole Hyde

    Hey Scotty, what kind of compressor are you using? The job looks great!

  • MrHillfolk

    Sometimes in a pinch you can hillfolk a tack cloth like this:
    Get a blue Scott towel and a can of spray paint and mist the towel lightly and wipe.
    Those tack cloths are a little pricey and an old timer body shop guy told me that one.

  • Jason Fehr

    How well will this work on say door scratches or more noticeable areas of the car? Is the new paint noticeable against the old stuff?

  • Daniel San

    What if it was under coating to prevent rust

  • oobie2b

    The black on that flange is probably "Body Schutz". I know you know what that is Scotty.

  • Curtis Neilson

    the road construction where I live is good at ruining paint job

  • Joss 9

    I have two questions;
    Is metallic paint for cars enamel mostly?
    What clear coat is compatible with metallic paint? For example an Audi with Light metallic silver color. What type of clear coat would it need?

  • Bailey Lauzon

    Hey Scotty, what could I do for a paint bubble that has been chipping around the rear drivers door handle? It's has surface rust and its spreading and I would like to do this before it gets worse. The car is a pearl white 2006 Hyundai Azera. Thanks.

  • Tomer Tzur

    hey scotty
    i need your advice on how to level chips touch up paint blobs
    but without sanding because its a 2015 mercedes
    i ordered scratchwizard kit and i dont know if the scratch lever thats removes excess putty can do the same with the touch up paint
    thanks alot.

  • yahyah

    I want to replace my bumper, what's the cheapest way to go about protecting it from rust etc? not too worried about painting a certain color.

  • datboyphil

    hey scotty will this work for scratches too ?

  • Monte Olsen

    Scotty another great video.

  • Mike Blake

    Another good one thanks Scotty ?

  • Eugene Herrera

    Is there a way to also airbrush the clear coat? Just reduce it like the paint? Thanks. Great video.

  • sailorbob74133

    What are the specs on that little compressor you're using, and where can could I use it with a larger size air brush gun?

  • Chris_Niby

    is it possible to just get a spray can with the correct color, spray it in the lid and use some nail or very small brush to dip the paint onto a small scratch or something? we changed a trunk list to a badge free one. the old list had the badge inside it, which made it a little taller in the middle, which obviously now have made deep scratches into the paint.

  • roadstar499

    i bought a deluxe airbrush and mixed some clear to touch up and for some reason it would not spray…maybe it was to thick,but it did not seem to be,,,i then made sure airbrush was still working and sprayed straight reducer through it…is auto clear much thicker then base and thats why it did not spray? thanks

  • VapeTag LLC

    scott, need help, my car got keyed : ( its's kinda deep. do i need to put putty on it before i airbrush it?

  • Beeastman123

    How can I touch up chrome rims?

  • Beeastman123

    Must be an Italian owns that car if Scotty is in the trunk! Pay your gambling depts dood!

  • ndiaz7829

    You're the man !

  • Chaseshaw

    where did you find your sprayer? can you recommend one in particular? am looking for a good one but there are so many on amazon I can't tell what's what.

  • Tracy Dalton

    rust bubbles or paint bubbles?

  • Harpreet06

    One of my roof tiles blew off and hit the bonnet of my car, now I got 2 dents on it and the paint came off in the dents. The garages around me are telling me it will take 2-3 days to repair and paint it plus cost a few hundred. Anyway I can use touch up paint on it?

  • Tomer Tzur

    scotty do a vid how to repair rock chips with air brush

  • CLKlasse

    I like ur sunglasses!!!

  • Hygoog

    Man I love your channel.

  • Hygoog

    Where did you get that air brush and compressor?

  • Davey 94

    Macomb county here! nice work love the enthusiasm!

  • KoalaJoanne

    Hey Scotty, can you use this method to touch up certain parts on a plastic bumper?

  • Rull Mourn

    is reducer an actual product or is that what you're calling the paint thinner?

  • Luis Albeto Marin

    I love the energy on your videos! Thank you for all the information Scotty you are awesome! (y)

  • Thundering T

    where can I get that reducer? I have been looking online but can't find the dt885 reducer anywhere for sale

  • Scotty Kilmer

    Things I used in this video:
    1. Airbrush Paint Kit:
    2. Paint Reducer:
    3. Clear Coat Aerosol:
    4. Sand paper:
    5. Tack Cloth:
    6. Disposable Gloves:
    7. Common Sense
    8. 4k Camera:
    9. Mini Microphone:
    10. My computer for editing / uploading:
    11. Video editing software:
    12. Thumbnail software:

    ?Check out my Garage to see what I use every day and highly recommend:

    ❗️Check out the Scotty store:

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  • Theo Bolton

    Do you use thinner for the clear coat if using a airbrush?

  • Kakashi Hatake

    Thanks Scotty, for all those who have a better idea then add or subtract methods. To keep a video shorter and to the point is most helpful (too much detail can confuse many )… Do your research on Diy repairs and there's no shame it having a honest mechanic employed to do the job. just check with the bbb .

  • pat1981lux

    Scotty, you're a bad body worker. The result looks gross.

  • Paul Rickett

    ruff as guts!

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  • cbnx82703

    Yeah put that fan on high on the dirt filled driveway and just blow shit all over that wet paint and make it non skid ! You dumbfuck!

  • Lloyd Dailey

    looks like you can do the same thing with a spray can !

  • Robert King

    You cannot fix clear coat issues that way.

  • Han Skinslo

    Viewers, also check out ChrisFix's videos on this subject, especially if you have more extensive work to do!

  • Joe Blog

    Maybe do this if you have an old car you don’t care about but never ever do this on a car you like. The most dodgy way of doing it. You’ll get dust on it and orange peel.

  • arihantagarwal

    These days you can also get a spray can of your the color number. Much easier if you don't have the equipment.

  • Johnny Wishbone

    Scotty K sweatin bullets

  • aynjel011

    Hey scotty no primer?

  • iliketakingshowers

    You know scotty you have always annoyed me in the past. This video however has been useful. Thanks. Subbed

  • Bobby Nova

    A spray can would have been faster and cheaper.

  • Rock&Roll

    Good but after working in a paintshop this is tedious. No never use rattle can only primer but anything else never. Use a touch up pen, why u can avoid over spray paint and use the actual factory paint. Don’t take advice from people using spray can be prepare for paint reaction like peeling paint over spray everything else. Airbrush is okay though just don’t buy the water color get matching factory paint.

  • David Griffiths

    Phew hot still day

  • MicBergsma

    wrong thumbnail…. I thought you are going to show the paint chip on the hood like in the thumbnail…. disappointed…

  • Steve D

    No primer Scotty?

  • KingLuseer

    "I just wanna make you swet…"

  • J GRM

    Mr. Scotty, you're interestingly crazy. I'll continue to watch your crazed videos.

  • Delta MS

    I love how he started the video with nice brushed hair. And ended the video with crazy sweaty hair. Hahaha

  • Virus world

    Dude u make good videos, ur persona is very unique and entertaining. Thx ! For being original!


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