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FAQs about Questions About Touch Up Paint

Do you have touch-up paint for my car?
Unfortunately, we do not yet sell automotive and car touch up paint. We recommend that you check out our partners who DO sell a wide variety of automotive touch-up paint. Automotive Touch Up Paint products make it easy and affordable to restore your automobile to like-new condition thanks to their precision touch-up paint technology.
How much touch-up paint can I buy at a time?
We specialize in exact match touch up paint solutions for any application. We can exact match any color/finish and provide this paint in aerosol spray paint, brush-in-cap bottles, cans in any size and touch up paint pens in small to large quantities. Whether you need one-ounce jars with a built-in brush cap for hassle-free and mess-free touching up of small imperfections on-site, aerosol spray cans, half-pint, pint, quarts, gallons, or five-gallon cans - we provide solutions that will best meet your specific needs. We have no minimum orders and do offer bulk discount pricing.
What is the formulation fee and do I need to pay that on a reorder?
The formulation fee - or match fee - is a one-time fee. Once your color is in our database, that color will have its own dedicated web page where you can reorder at any time without sending samples or repaying the matching fee. This fee generally ranges from $75 to $175, but some specialty match situations can cost $400 or more. Note that we generally waive Matching Fees when paint purchases exceed 128 units, contact us directly if you have a bulk order.
Can I use a Pantone color code for a touch-up application?

Unfortunately, no.

Manufacturers sometimes specify Pantone color codes as a touch up solution for their products, but Pantone colors do not work well as a proxy for a touch-up solution.

There are several reasons why. First, a Pantone code doesn't include any information about sheen. Second, Pantone color tolerances are not tight enough for touch-up applications. The Pantone Matching System was designed as an ink standard and the color swatches across color books vary too much to be used as a touch-up standard. Third, the methods often used by a manufacturer to determine which Pantone color code to use also has error which compounds the problem.

Touch up paint needs to be very precise. The smallest difference stands out like a flashing light and after seeing hundreds of examples of both production parts and the specified Pantone color code that is supposed to match, we can tell you that 99% of the time the color is pretty far off.

When we match Pantone colors we are matching to a swatch in a Pantone book - not to your product.

The only way to provide a true touch-up solution for your product is to precisely match the sheen and color of a production part or control standard. Unfortunately, there isn't an effective way to 'spec' the color well enough to produce a touch-up without a physical part.

Read more about using Pantone for touch-up.

Learn more about our paint color matching service.


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