10 Best Automotive Touch-Up Paints 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks
It’s tough to keep the dents and scratches from ruining your car’s finish. It’s just as challenging to find touch up paint that matches the color of your vehicle and does an excellent job of masking the offending marks. Sorting through the jungle of online reviews is time-consuming and frustrating, and touch up paint is not something you want to try out to see if it works.
We’ve already reviewed dozens of different brands of touch up paint, and we have chosen ten brands for you to check out. We’ll give you the Pros and Cons of each brand, so if you can see if you agree while learning more about the features that interest you.
We’ve also included an automotive touch-up paint buyer’s guide where we examine precisely what a touch-up paint should be, what different kinds are available, as well as what features they might have.
Keep reading for our in-depth reviews of each automotive touch-up paint, where we compare applicators, the clearcoat, fumes, and color, to help you make the smart, informed choice.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 10 Best Automotive Touch-up Paints – Reviews 2020
Let’s look at the ten brands of automotive touch up paint we’ve chosen to review for you.
1. Genuine Toyota Touch-Up Paint Pen — Best Overall
The Genuine Toyota 00258-00202-21 Touch-Up Paint Pen is our choice for best overall. It features a pen applicator for small areas and a brush for more significant scratches and chips. It’s filled with high-quality paint that’s durable and won’t fade. There’s a fair amount of paint in the container that should cover plenty of scratches and chips.
In our experience, the paint was thin enough to fill in chips, and cover scratches without leaving brush marks. The only downside we experienced was a bad odor while we applied it.
2. Dupli-Color Filler Primer — Best Value
The Dupli-Color EBPR00310 Filler Primer is our pick as the best value, and you’re likely to agree that the Dupli-Color is the best automotive touch up paint for the money. This brand is one of the only spray paint type of touch-up paint on our list. It gives you 8 ounces of high-quality paint to fill and cover all your nicks and scratches, and it dries quickly.
The only thing to worry about with this touch-up paint is that the spray can be messy, and you need to wait for the right kind of weather.
3. Ford Genuine Touch-Up Paint — Premium Choice
The Ford PMPC-19500-7283A Genuine Touch-Up Paint is our premium choice, and this is an excellent paint for someone who wants a high-quality touch-up paint and isn’t afraid to spend some extra money to get it. This product is a genuine OEM paint designed for Ford vehicles. It matches the paint perfectly and has a strong, durable finish when it dries. It’s easy to apply, goes on smooth, and there’s a clear coat included for extra protection and shine. The clear coat wasn’t as thick as some of the other brands on this list and wasn’t as noticeable when it dried.
The only thing we could complain about is the bad smell, and the only thing keeping it from the top spot is the high cost for a smaller amount of paint that matches fewer vehicles.
4. ACDelco WA8555 Four-In-One Touch-Up Paint
The ACDelco 19328528 WA8555 Four-In-One Touch-Up Paint is specially designed to match the color of any GM vehicle. The ACDelco is a four-in-one touch-up paint that features brush and pen applications and quick-drying paint. A special color matching code will ensure you get a perfectly matching color for your vehicle.
We had a hard time getting the pen started and had to press quite hard at first, after which the pen paint was hard to control and difficult to apply without making a mess. This product also contains a minimal amount of paint that won’t cover any big jobs and will only cover a few small scratches.
5. Genuine Honda Accessories Touch-Up Paint
This Genuine Honda Touch-Up Paint, as the name suggests, is specially designed to touch up the paint of select Honda vehicles. It features a brush side and a pen side for more versatility when touching up your scratches and chips. The high-quality paint has built-in UV protection so it won’t fade over time.
In our experience, the color was a perfect match, but the paint was a little thick and difficult to work with on the brush side. The pen side didn’t work at all on our model. We also needed a magnifying glass to read the directions, so luckily, it’s not too complicated to figure out.
6. Dupli-Color Fix All-in-1 Touch-Up
The Dupli-Color AFM0360 Fix All-in-1 Touch-Up paint features pen and brush application. The touch-up paint goes on smooth, covers well, and dries quickly. This Duplicolor also features an abrasive tip that you can use to sand away old paint or rust before applying the touch-up paint. It also has a clearcoat well for after the color is applied.
While using this product, we found it easy to spill and had paint on our hands even when we knew what to expect. The added clearcoat is a useful option, but the sponge applicator is not up to the task of spreading it, and ours ripped after two applications.
7. Rust-Oleum U5001C Automotive Touch Up Paint
The Rust-Oleum U5001C Automotive Touch Up Paint is a high-quality paint from a well-known brand. This paint goes on very smooth and is easy to work into scratches and small chips using the brush. Ingredients in the touch-up paint make it resistant to UV light so that the color won’t fade over time.
The Rust-Oleum brand also features a roll-on applicator, but we didn’t have a pleasant experience with that because it either didn’t work or leaked out too much paint. It also has a powerful odor.
8. SONGVEN Car Touch Up Paint
The SONGVEN Car Touch Up Paint is an ultra-compact touch-up paint pen. It features a unique design that uses small moving parts to mix the paint like spray paint. Better mixing leads to consistently even paint not just on one job but across all fixes. The fine tip on the pen applicator worked well on this model and unscrewing the pen reveals a small brush for fixing larger chips and scratches.
What we didn’t like about this model is that the paint is extremely thin, and it could drip when using the brush and when trying to get out the brush. We also felt that it was a small amount of paint, only suitable for a few jobs.
9. Genuine Ford Motorcraft Touch Up Paint
The Genuine Ford Motorcraft PMPC-19500-7291A Touch Up Paint is a Ford product created to match their paint. It features a pen and a brush applicator and comes with clearcoat and applicator.
In our experience with this product, it matched the color exactly, but it had a nasty smell. The clear coat is an excellent addition, but it was very thick and extremely challenging to apply. When we used the clearcoat, it would invariably dry with a slightly raised surface that you can see from a distance. In many cases, the repair was more noticeable than the scratch after we applied the clear coat.
10. Mopar PW7 Touch Up Paint
The Mopar 8542050915 PW7 Touch Up Paint is the final product on our list. This touch-up paint is not as good as our top three picks, but it might be useful in an emergency. It features pen and brush applicators, clear coat, and comes equipped with a sanding tip that removes rust and loose paint before you apply the touch-up paint.
It only comes with a minimal amount of paint, enough for just a few jobs, and it has a terrible smell. The paint is very thin and almost has a watery consistency. We found that when applying it with a brush, it could drip. The clearcoat also had a bad smell and caused the repair to stand out.
Let’s look at the critical elements of automotive touch up paint.
Many manufacturers of automotive touch-up paint create it for a specific brand of automobiles to guarantee that the color matches. The best place to start is with the make and model of your vehicle, so you can find out exactly what color you need and which touch up paint manufacturers make that color.
Amount of Product
Because we’re talking touch up paint, the products we purchase will usually only contain a few ounces of paint or less, meant for small, hardly noticeable scratches. Make sure you check how much paint a product contains to make sure there’s enough for your needs. We recommend getting extra, so you don’t need to match colors again in the future, and you can stay on top of chips and scratches to keep any oxidation from setting in.
Safety and Cleanup
Cleanup is an important consideration because most of these paints are oil-based. If any paint should spill or splatter onto your skin or nearby objects, it can be a challenge to get it off. We recommend reading over the directions carefully, no matter how straightforward it seems. Unscrewing a cap that should have been pulled off can make a big mess. Many of these devices feature a pen on one side and a brush on the other. Flipping these devices around can lead to leaks if you’re not careful. Spray-paint and airbrushing are almost always messy because the paint must travel through the air to reach the surface it intends to coat.
We recommend that you always wear a gas mask and work in areas with plenty of ventilation when using touch up paints, no matter how small the job. Wear rubber gloves and cover your arms with old long sleeve shirts.
Keep plenty of newspapers around as well as old rags and paper towels. If any paint spills, you will need acetone or mineral spirits to clean it up, so keep some close by so you can clean any spills before they dry.
Automotive touch up paints come in several varieties, including paint pens, brush in bottle, and aerosol cans.
Aerosol cans are your standard cans of spray paint. This type of touch up paint is great for larger jobs, but it can get messy and require a lot of extra prep work.
Paint pens are like a marker or ball point pen. These devices have a soft tip that you press into a scratch or chip to spread the color. The downside to painting pens is that they only contain a small amount of paint, and it’s easy to press too hard, which will cause too much paint to come out at once and blotch up.
Brush in Bottle
Bush in bottle touch up paints are like nail polish but often contain a higher quality brush. This type of touch up paint is easy to apply and usually contains more paint than a pen will, but it does require patience and some skill not to leave brush marks behind. Because of the brush marks, this type of paint is only useful for tiny chips in your paint and some small scratches.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading about automotive touch-up paints. Hopefully, out reviews and buyer’s guide have helped you learn something new and brought you closer to deciding on a paint. As our best choice overall, the Genuine Toyota 00258-00202-21 Touch-Up Paint Pen provides enough paint to cover plenty of chips and scratches, and the high-quality paint doesn’t drip or blotch. The Dupli-Color EBPR00310 Filler Primer is our choice for the best value, and this spray paint will cover larger chips and scratches quickly and economically.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Automotive Touch-up Paints – Reviews 2020
- 1. Genuine Toyota Touch-Up Paint Pen — Best Overall
- 2. Dupli-Color Filler Primer — Best Value
- 3. Ford Genuine Touch-Up Paint — Premium Choice
- 4. ACDelco WA8555 Four-In-One Touch-Up Paint
- 5. Genuine Honda Accessories Touch-Up Paint
- 6. Dupli-Color Fix All-in-1 Touch-Up
- 7. Rust-Oleum U5001C Automotive Touch Up Paint
- 8. SONGVEN Car Touch Up Paint
- 9. Genuine Ford Motorcraft Touch Up Paint
- 10. Mopar PW7 Touch Up Paint
- Buyer’s Guide
- Paint Types