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            ARB Paint Review

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            • Performance 5
            • Ease to Use/Intallation 5
            • Quality 4
            • Price 4
            Overall Rating 4.5

            It is impossible not to scratch the car's paint. Loose stones and road debris can get kicked up by the tires and hit the sides of the vehicle, causing a few scratches and paint chips. Even when being parked, the car's paint is prone to anything that could cause slight damage to the car's paint job. Such paint chips are usually too minor to require a new paint job. This is where the importance of a touch-up paint comes in. It allows you to restore your ride's finish without having a costly paint job. It is important, however, that you get a touch-up paint color that matches your ride's paint.

            Those who have a black car can try ARB paint, particularly the brand's satin black powder coat touch-up paint pen. We've used it in our Jeep when it got several paint chips after a serious off-roading, and here's what we can say about this product:

            Features

            • Satin black powder coat paint
            • Touch-up paint pen
            • Conceals unsightly scrapes
            • Protects the underlying metal from rust
            • Same size as the average highlighter
            • Sold individually

            The upside

            • Since this is a touch-up paint pen, application has never become an issue for us. While we still make sure to always clean and prime the affected area, we find the application of this touch-up paint such an easy feat. We just tapped the pen gently on a hard surface and the paint easily started flowing. We've painted a horizontal line evenly by wiping off first the excess paint that flowed out of the tip before painting the scratch.
            • Another advantage we observed about this touch-up paint is that it minimizes the instance of leaving excess paint on the vehicle's surface as you can easily control the amount of paint going out of the pen's tip. This is very beneficial since it is rule of thumb in automotive painting to apply several thin coats of paint instead of one thick coat.
            • Its size makes it very easy to store and to bring anywhere. It easily fits in the glove or tool box. It also isn't fragile, so we didn't worry much even if it shares storage space with other tools.

            The downside

            • This type of touch-up paint isn't advisable for paint chips larger than the size of a pencil eraser, so if your ride has multiple dents and scratches of different sizes, you'll still need to purchase spray paint.

            Our final thought

            We find this ARB touch-up paint pen really useful since most of the chips and scratches we have in our Jeep are small, horizontal ones--the likes that may have been caused by bushes. The color of this paint pretty much matches the black finish of our ride, so the result is really satisfying. This, however, isn't recommended for larger paint chips and scratches.

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