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How to Use the Touch Up Combo PrimerUpdated 6 months ago

The Combo is a unique touch up tool with dual applicators, a brush on one end and a pen on the other. The dual applicators enable more types of repairs to be performed successfully.

Prior to beginning your touch up job, determine which side of the combo applicator you will be using.  Continue using the selected applicator for each step in the process, i.e. if you determine you need to use the brush, use the brush for all steps.

The pen and brush each serve different purposes. The pen is best for tiny stone chips, fine line scratches, and anything where you need to minimize the amount of paint you are applying. The brush works best for slightly larger scratches where more paint is needed. We recommend practicing on the included test card with both applicator types to help determine which is best suited for your project.

  1. Clean the entire vehicle or part with soap and water to remove surface dirt. Make sure to rinse and dry the surface thoroughly.  
  2. Prepare the surface to be repaired using sandpaper (see Sanding Instructions).
  3. Clean again with soap and water. Then remove any remaining contaminants by lightly wiping the area with the wax and grease remover.
  4. Tape off the area to be painted. Taping creates a boundary to protect the non-damaged area from any touch up work.
  5. If using the brush applicator, hold the container with the black brush cap pointing up. Twist to open. Remove excess primer by lightly dragging the brush along the inside opening as you remove it from the container. If using the pen applicator, use a soft cloth to prime the tip. Carefully depress the tip until it is saturated with primer. This will take 30-60 seconds.
  6. Lightly dab the primer onto the area being painted. If using the pen end, do not use a drawing or rubbing motion as if using a marker; simply dab. If using the brush end, lightly brush the primer onto the area being painted. Cover the area thoroughly and allow it to dry for 5-10 minutes.  Repeat this process applying 2-3 coats of primer. 
  7. The primer covers very well and builds up quickly. If you are attempting to fill or level a scratch or chip using the primer, you can repeat step 6 multiple times. However, after 3 coats, extend the dry time to 15-20 minutes and lightly sand the primer with 800-1000 grit sandpaper. If the damaged area is still not as smooth as you like, repeat step 6.  
  8. Once satisfied with the application of the primer, allow it to dry for 15-20 minutes before applying the colorcoat.
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