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Re: Stone Chips and Touch up paint

As far as I have always been aware, touch-up paint is exempted from the regulations concerning VOC's and should therefore, be solvent- rather than water-based.

I make most of my own touch-up paints (unless its a really complex modern colour with 7-8 pigments, then I buy it in), and its good old solvent-based. Which is still available from automotive paint retailers - especially those which supply bodyshops.

I have used a water-based paint for touching in (customer had a tin from a previous repair), and it is possible to apply, but trickier.

Effectively, you apply the paint as solvent-based, then after 30 mins or so, apply a normal, solvent-based clearcoat lacquer over it (but don't thin it by much), this will seal over the colour, leaving a waterproof coating.


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