How to Buff Out Touch-Up Paint

by Lacy Enderson

When there are only a few nicks in the paint, instead of repainting the entire car, touch it up. Touch-up kits come with supplies and instructions on how to fill in small chips with paint. The problem some automobile owners confront, is how to buff out the touch-up paint once it is applied. Depending on the color of the paint, and the size of the damage, there are a few procedures that work best.

Step 1

Buff out the touch-up paint on the car with a 600 grit sanding block. You can purchase a sanding block at any auto retailer store.

Step 2

Use circular motions to smooth out uneven touch-up paint. Carefully buff out only the area of the touch-up paint to avoid damaging the car's finish.

Step 3

Switch to a 1000 grit sand block, then move to a 1500 grit sand block. The higher the grit, the finer the sand.

Step 4

Apply a pro-grade, silicone-free paint polish, which can found at any auto retailer. Rub the area by hand with a clean white towel. Use circular motions until the touch-up paint is smooth and shiny.

Apply a hand glaze as the final step. Lightly rub the area with a clean white towel until it is glossy.


  • Sanding paint touch-up with a drizzle of water lubricates the sandpaper and washes away the excess grit.


  • Never use a rubbing compound to buff out touch-up paint. Do not use any type of wax on a freshly painted car.

Items you will need

  • Sanding block
  • 600, 1000, 1500 grit sandpaper
  • Paint polish
  • Hand glaze
  • Clean white towels

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