TouchUpDirect logo
TouchUpDirect logo

All articles

How to Use Pen ClearcoatUpdated 8 months ago

The clearcoat provides the gloss on a paint job and is the protective coating designed to withstand the elements. Clearcoat is required to achieve the proper color match.

TUD Clearcoat is UV and chemical resistant and is an essential step in a successful paint repair.

  1. Use a soft cloth to prime the tip of the Touch Up Pen Clearcoat. Carefully depress the tip until it is saturated with clearcoat. This will take 30-60 seconds.
  2. Prior to the first coat, and between all additional coats, using the TUD Tack Cloth is recommended. Lightly dab the clearcoat onto the area to be painted. Do not use a drawing or rubbing motion as if using a marker; simply dab the clearcoat on. Cover the area thoroughly and allow it to dry for 15 minutes between coats. Repeat this process applying 2-3 coats of clearcoat. Do not exceed 4 coats.
  3. Allow to dry for 48 hours before polishing.

We do not generally recommend wetsanding the clearcoat on small touch up repairs. With smaller types of repairs handled by a touch up pen or touch up brush it is often very easy to accidentally sand through the clearcoat and basecoat, requiring you to redo the project. However, if you feel sanding is critical to the success of your paint project, please see these Finish Sanding Instructions.

Was this article helpful?