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To Touch-up or Not to Touch-up?

Touch-up is to make a surface look better with small improvements requiring modest effort.

In the automotive world, paint touch-up traditionally has been very broadly construed to cover a very wide range of paint damage, ranging all the way from:   

  • rock and stone chips (road rash) 
  • door edge chips
  • bumper scrapes
  • light scratches and scuffs
  • deep key scratches, and 
  • even more.

Touch-up is appropriate for many of these paint issues, but certainly not for all of them. In some cases professional body shop work is needed. When a vehicle’s paint finish is damaged it is important to know what kind of repair is needed. The main considerations when evaluating paint damage on your vehicle to determine if touch-up is the right repair choice include:  

  • The type of damage you have.
  • The extent of the damage.
  • Has any rust formed?
  • Your preference –how do you want to handle the repairs?  By doing it yourself or having someone else do it?
  • The cost to do it yourself compared with having it professionally repaired.  
  • And, finally, the benefits and detriments of doing it one way as compared to another way.

Any damage to your paint should be repaired, for both economic and aesthetic reasons. 

Your paint issues may not even need touch-up--light scratches and scuffs can simply be buffed or polished out. No painting would be needed for this.   

Nonetheless, almost every vehicle will suffer some damage to the paint and finish over the course of time just from ordinary use.  Especially rock and stone chips, also referred to as "Road Rash" on a car hood (the picture above illustrates a split comparison of a road rash repair).  It’s almost impossible to avoid getting chips on your paint finish. 


But is aesthetics the only reason, or just the main reason, to touch-up a vehicle’s paint finish?  

Most of us think of appearance as the primary reason for touching up a paint’s finish. However, appearance affects value, and this is always an important consideration. What can I reasonably expect from touch-up for my vehicle? Can I really make the finish look better with only modest effort?  Well—yes, you can!    

Touch-up is a cosmetic repair.  The desired end result of a good touch-up is for the great majority of the chips to not be noticeably visible from the normal viewing range of the car, three feet or so. Small ones will seem to have disappeared altogether.  The appearance of scratches, however,  will vary, from completely unnoticeable to less unsightly. 

What shouldn’t you reasonably expect from touch-up? Professional body shop repair will restore the appearance of the damaged areas to a “like new” condition. Touch up can’t do that.  Yet, a good touch-up can make a world of difference -- as you can see from the photo of the white Toyota 4Runner at the top of this page.  There were rock chips across the entire front of this hood.  A first-time user of the ChipMATE  touched-up one side and we then snapped a photo.  A world of difference!

Here are some reasons as to why a good touch-up makes sense.

Economic sense.  The cost to professionally repair rock chips and small scratches will generally greatly exceed any value added to the vehicle. In many cases touch-up is the best alternative to full panel repainting or spot blending an area. Both of these processes usually require paint professionals, taking considerable time and expense.  

  • A good touch up will help to protect the underlying metal from its major enemy, rust, while improving the appearance of your vehicle at the same time. 

  • Touch-up is affordable and can add as much value as professional repairs costing ten or more times as much.

  • Touch-up is usually done at your home at a time that is convenient for you.

  • Professional repair is scheduled, performed at a shop, and usually leaves you without your vehicle for several days.  Some shops provide free loaner vehicles, most do not.

  • Visible imperfections to your paint finish can lower a vehicle's resell condition from "very good" to "good" resulting in a considerable reduction in value. Touch-up provides a higher resell value. You can test this out on Kelly Blue Book. 

If touch-up is appropriate for your vehicle, what are your options? There are many, many paint touch-up products to choose from. 

There are touch up systems that require lots of materials and lots of time to perform even a few touch ups on a vehicle.  Some extend over two or more days due to cure and drying times required.

CarChipFix™ does not.

Check out other touch up systems to compare with ours if you haven’t already – but be sure to also compare results – after all, you are after an excellent result, right?


CarChipFix™ delivers this every time. 

Our touch-up system is designed primarily to fix rock chips, door edge chips, and various paint scratches, although it can be used for larger areas in certain circumstances. 

So -- how well does it perform what is it designed to do? Our paint touch-up system is a superb way to perform a cosmetic repair of rock chips and various scratches on your vehicle, in a nearly fool-proof manner. 


Fast, Easy, and Clean. The end result is an enhanced appearance and long-lasting protection for your vehicle’s paint finish.

We believe that we have the best available touch-up solution:  meaning the best value for the cost, the best results for the efforts, and committed to providing the best customer service.

Here’s how it works.

Starting with a clean surface, the ChipMATE™ precisely deposits the paint in the chips and scratches—there’s no excess paint to wipe away, no rubbing or polishing to do afterwards, no waiting for drying between coats—it’s all done at one time, a sort of “Once & Done™” approach.

Having the touch-up kit available gives you the ability to fix damage as it occurs, keeping your vehicle looking good all the time -- while providing a level of protection from rust and further deterioration of the paint finish.

Because it is such an efficient system and ready to use immediately out of the kit, you can use it as often as you please—right at home at a time convenient for you - no need to fix things just once a year.

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We answer these 4 questions:

  • What is touch-up? 
  • When is it appropriate?
  • What  CAN it do?
  • What  CAN'T it do?

CarChipFix™  is FAST, EASY and CLEAN!

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What's included in the CarChipFix™ Auto Paint Touch-up Kit?

CarChipFix™ Complete Auto Paint Touch-up Kit

The complete CarChipFix™ automotive paint touch-up system consists of:

  • All items enclosed in a heavy duty hard case box with a custom cutout foam insert to securely hold for all the contents. The hinged top opens flat to serve as a tray during use and packs away for easy storage.

  • CarChipFix ChipMATE™.   Quality engineered and machined precision touch-up painting tool made from high grade stainless steel. The handle is knurled and ergonomically designed for ease of use and aid in pen control for precise placement of paint via the reservoir tip. The Cleaning Pin is conveniently stored inside the handle for protection and to avoid losing it when not in use. Includes protective PVC cover for the reservoir tip.

  • CarChipFix™ Touch-up Paint (0.5 oz.)   Specialty paint mixed to the OEM color formula for use in the ChipMATE™. Ultra low VOC, it provides superior coverage and truer, brighter color quality from a high concentration of solids. Environmentally preferable, no special disposal requirements as found with other (solvent) touch-up paints.

  • CarChipFix™ MultiPurpose Solution (4.0 fl.oz).   Specially formulated solution that serves three purposes: (1) to prepare surface for painting, (2) to adjust paint to proper viscosity for the ChipMATE™, and (3) to clean the ChipMATE™ reservoir.

  • Bristle cleaning brush to wipe away residual paint in the ChipMATE™ reservoir after use.

  • Easy-to-follow instructions located inside the top lid of the case; printed on both sides, with photos and a  QR Code to scan that directs you to quick start tutorial videos.

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Ah! The birds and the bees—and my car!

What To Do About Bird Droppings On Your Car Paint


What’s this?  

       The birds and the bees and my car?  

            A ménage à trois?!  No, that’s too bizarre!

                  But, what harm could there be, anyway?  

Well, birds, bees, and bugs can all be harmful to your vehicle’s paint finish.  And tree sap, and dirt, not to mention setting grocery bags and purses on the trunk lid.  

All of these can either scratch or etch the paint and result in unsightly and expensive-to-repair damage if not quickly addressed.  

But birds, bees, and bugs are the subject of this article:  What to do when they’ve done their business on your paint, or in the case of bugs, died when they got in your way.

Defensive measures are few, mainly trying to avoid parking under trees and power lines…but there are some protective measures that you can take and some repair tips that you can utilize.

But why are their droppings so harmful to your paint?  

The short answer is ‘the uric acid in the droppings is strong  and caustic enough to etch the paint’ – the more complete answer would address the acid content, the kind of paint, the temperature, the ‘resting time’ on the paint, even the kind of birds and their diet, and latitude and cloud cover!  

But you don’t need to know all this—what you need to know is:

  1. Avoid if possible.

  1. Clean off as soon as possible if you couldn’t avoid it.

Bees leave little yellow spots (of pollen, etc.) and these are more easily removed than bird droppings (lots of water, no hard rubbing, just wiping with a clean cloth surface in one direction for each swipe).  Mostly just unsightly, minimal or no damage to the paint if wiped off right away.

Treat bug residue the same as bird droppings.  Remove promptly. 

So – what about protective measures?  

Regular washings and a good wax job every so often…how often, you ask?...NOT an easy question to answer—there are many variables, but here goes:

Wax every 2-3 months if parked outside most of the time, otherwise 5-6 months.

Removal tips.  

There are many good web articles and YouTube videos about this, but they all amount to the same thing and we agree!

  • Immediate removal wearing disposable gloves (latex or nitrile are fine), 
  • Using lots of water, soaking hardened spots 
  • Wipe with a soft cloth, minimal rubbing, and
  • Throwing away the gloves and cloth to keep from getting any bird germs or diseases.  
  • Then, waxing.

Repair tips.

Use the same evaluation method that you would use for touch-up.

Earlier I mentioned "many variables" when considering how often to wax your car. Stay tuned and we’ll be discussing that next! 

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Interesting Facts

Did you ever notice that bird droppings are white when first deposited on your car, or anywhere else, for that matter?  It’s biology, and you can read all about it here:

"Know it All: Why is Bird Poop White?"

Water and Drinking

"What Makes Bird Poop White? - And why is it so hard to wash off your car?

An excerpt from the Audubon article:

         “…It appears that drivers of some

        cars might be asking for trouble. A 

        study in England found that red 

        cars are most likely to be the target

        of bird droppings, followed by blue

        and black. Green was the least likely. 

        So be careful where you park. And

       give that red Mustang a wide berth…”.

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