A simple-to-use solution for automotive appearance professionals.
Over 500 companies worldwide trust the ScratchOut system to fix minor paint damage on their customers’ cars. Highlights:
- Affordable. At $1295, the ScratchOut system is the only full-service touch up system below $1600.
- Easy to learn and use. Study with our exclusive DVD training. A simple pre-mixed color matching process makes repairs fast and easy.
- Flat, color-matching repairs (all makes and models). Only the ScratchOut kit FILLS scratches and chips to produce FLATTER less visible touch ups. And our 300 formula Color Deck ensures superb color matches.
- Unique guarantee. 30 days money-back…including shipping in both directions. You can “demo” the ScratchOut kit for a month with literally no risk.
[wptabtitle] Introduction[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]
What is the ScratchOut kit?
The ScratchOut kit is the world’s most affordable professional grade automotive paint touch up system. Repair rock chips and scratches on all colors of cars quickly, simply, and permanently.
- Extra revenue per car you service (average charge: $40).
- Offer a service your competition doesn’t.
- Attract more dealer accounts.
- Happier customers.
What does it repair?
- Rock chips. Recolor chips up to the size of a pencil eraser.
- Deep scratches. Fill and repair deep scratches with our exclusive deep scratch repair process.
- Long scratches. Use a squeegee to fill long scratches, then clean excess paint with our proprietary chemical, Paint Leveler.
- Road rash. Repair hundreds of small rock chips using our “wipe on, wipe off” technique.
Who is it for?
The ScratchOut kit includes such innovations as a match-by-eye color matching system and DVD training. It was created specifically for these 3 businesses:
- Auto Detailers. Touch up those scratches that didn’t buff out in about 10 minutes.
- PDR Techs and Other Mobile Techs. A lot of dents include base coat damage. Fix the dent…and the scratch. Add another service and maximize revenue per service stop.
- Auto Dealers. Fix minor chips and scratches in-house and save $40 per car.
NEXT: OUR 4 STEP PROCESS
[wptabtitle] How it works[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]
Step 1: Fill with Bondo Putty
Paint is a poor filler: it shrinks 85% once dry. Filling a scratch 4, 5 or 6 times with paint, waiting for it to cure, then wetanding and buffing can take hours…not practical for a busy tech. We created a process in which you fill deep scratches with Bondo putty using a squeegee and then use a remover chemical—Paint Leveler—to remove the excess putty. In a few minutes you create a flat and level foundation for color-matching paint.
Step 2: Select Color
Our Color Deck contains an array of 300 colors of automotive paint (metallics, pearls, and flats) that, over a year of testing, were proven to be effective at touching up small damage on cars of all colors: American, Asian, and European. We found no discernible difference when comparing the Color Deck’s colors to manufacturer’s exact formulas. Remember, you’re not respraying large areas…just recoloring millimeters of paint. Place the Color Deck on the car’s hood and choose the closest-matching chip.
Step 3: Mix Paint
Below the matching chip you will find simple mixing instructions such as: 10 drops of Blu02 : 10 drops of Blue03. In the toolbox, find bottles Blue02 and Blue03 (paint bottles are organized in foam trays from lightest (Blue01) to darkest (Blue06)). Place the paint in a paper cup—counting drops—and stir. In just a minute, you have prepared enough color-matching paint to touch up an entire car.
Step 4: Apply with Brush or Squeegee.
Why do so many touch up repairs look awful? Too much paint! Excessive paint creates blobs and scars that draw attention to repairs. We teach you to use artist-grade fine-tip touch up brushes and beveled rubber squeegees to accurately recolor just the repair area. The result: virtually invisible repairs. Your customers, mostly familiar with the flawed do-it-yourself touch ups, will be impressed with the accuracy of your work.
NEXT: OUR EXCLUSIVE TRAINING PROCESS
[wptabtitle] Training[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]
Expert training…no travel necessary.
Our DVD trains you to perform all 4 repair types:
- Deep scratch repair. Scratches that have reached primer or bare metal first require a foundation of Bondo scratch and chip putty.
- Long, shallow scratch repair. Squeegee repair of long clearcoat scratches that, in some areas, have removed some basecoat.
- Road rash repair. The “sky full of stars” effect on dark cars with 100s of tiny rock chips across the bumper, hood, and mirrors. We have created a process in which you “smear” paint over the road rash, then remove the excess paint chemically.
- Basic touch ups. 90% of cars require basic touch ups only: 5 – 10 rock chips, chipped door edges, and small scratches that just need a touch of paint.
Color user manual.
The user manual contains color photos and critical information about:
- Color matching. How to choose the right color: dark, light, pearl, and metallic paints.
- Pricing. Setting prices relative to your time, materials cost, and customer (wholesale or retail).
- Marketing and sales. Undersell and over-deliver. How to set realistic customer expectations and exceed those expectations with your results.
- The boundaries. Learn what can be touched up, and what must be forwarded to a body shop.
Train in 3 steps.
Watch the DVD, read the manual, and practice on a few cars to build your confidence…you’re ready to offer professional touch up service to your customers.
No franchise fees or licensing.
Add chip repair to your existing business (auto detailing, car dealer, body shop, car wash, wheel repair, paintless dent repair) or start a touch up business as a stand-alone business. Lots of paint chips = plenty of opportunity.
Next: Contents of the Kit
[wptabtitle] Contents[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]
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Our Industry-Exclusive Color Deck
A complete array of whites, yellows, oranges, silvers, golds, reds, blues, greens, and blacks. Sample chips are real automotive paint (not computer printed). 70% of formulas are metallic. 30% are flat (black, yellow, bright red, white). Can be tinted (per instructions in the user manual) to form 1000s of unique colors. A truly professional system for repairing rock ships and scratches.
[wptabtitle] Repair Photos[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]
The rear bumper of this maxima has 20+ small cuts and scratches. These are commonly caused by parallel parking and dragging luggage over the bumper as it’s loaded into the trunk.
After the touchup paint is applied, the cuts and scratches look quite good from 10+ inches away. If we examine the repair from 6 inches or closer, the touchup paint can be spotted. However, because the bumper is low and a dark color, this $50 touchup is a fine alternative to a $400 repaint. The ScratchOut kit is a useful piece of equipment to a mobile detailing, fixed location detailing, car washing, or car dealer business.
Large Chips in Bumper
The front bumper of this Subaru has a few large rock chips that have exposed the black plastic beneath. Once dry, the touchup paint blends well with the surrounding area. The chips have been thoroughly cleaned, and this is a permanent repair.
Large/Small Chips in Hood
Deep red Lexus has large and small chips. Touch up large chips by hand and remove small chips with our “wipe on” “wipe off” in which we squeegee paint into the chips and remove with our excess paint remover, Paint Leveler.
The bumper of this Camry is cut deep. A body shop would charge $350 to fix this damage. Because the damage is low on the bumper, and it is a solid color, the cut could be filled, then touched up permanently in about 15 minutes…a significant savings of time and money.
Metallic Grey Hood
Body shop quoted $1500 to paint this Audi A8 hood and blend into the fenders. This is a tough color because of the coarse metallic flake in the paint…very hard to blend a touch up repair. But with our excess paint remover, Paint Leveler, we were able to remove the “excess” paint that causes “blobs” and “scars.”
Here’s a deep cut in a passenger mirror. It’s in a high, obvious location, and this car dealer needs a repair that will pass a “walkaround” on a test drive. We fill it with putty, allow to dry (2 minutes), remove excess putty with our chemical Paint Leveler, choose a color match, and apply color-matching paint with a fine-tipped touch up brush. This repair took 15 minutes.
- Squeegee Putty
- Remove Excess Putty
- Choose Color Match
- Apply Paint With Fine Brush
NEXT: REPAIR VIDEOS
[wptabtitle] Videos[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]
Deep Scratch Repair: Metal (5:13)
Deep Scratch Repair: Plastic (3:31)
Road Rash Repair (3:01)
Long Scratch Repair (4:16)
NEXT: COMMON QUESTIONS ANSWERED
[wptabtitle] FAQ[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. Return your kit to us within 30 days and receive a full refund. Use all the materials you need…there is no penalty for material use. We also refund your return shipping fees.
Do you offer technical support?
Call 8 – 5 pm Pacific for technical help.
Do you have distributors?
No. We sell directly to our customers from our office in Portland, OR USA. Because we have no distributors, we can sell our touch up paint system for about 40% off retail price. We provide a lot of detail here about our touch up system, as well as photos and video but ultimately there is some risk to buying a product you can’t “touch” and “feel.” That’s why we offer a 30 day refund period and even pay for outbound and return shipping.
Where do I go for refills?
Order directly from us via phone or email. Each 1.5 oz. bottle of paint is $13. Paint Leveler is $20 for 16 oz. The other materials (thinner, reducer, wax/greaser remover, etc.) can be bought at local auto parts stores. The kit is well-equipped with enough paint to touch up over 1000 cars. Most customers only order refills twice a year.
What kind of paint is this?
PPG urethane basecoat.
How do I learn to use the kit?
A full color 25 page manual includes photos of common scratch and chip types and how to repair them. Included are instructions on how to sell the service, what % visual improvement you can expect from touchup, and what price to charge for the repair. We now include a DVD with the ScratchOut kit that demonstrates all of the major scratch repair types: basic touch ups, deep scratch repair, road rash, and long scratch repair.
Are the repairs permanent?
As long as the repair area is clean (no dirt, wax, or grease), ScratchOut paint is permanent and will not wash or chip away. The repairs can be buffed, polished, and pressure washed.
What can I charge for touch up service?
This depends on a lot of factors. Is the customer retail or wholesale? How large is the damage? About how long will the repair take? Are you travelling to the customer, or is he coming to you? On average, the charge for touching up an entire car is $40 and the job takes 10-15 minutes including clean up. We do discuss pricing in detail in the training manual.
What is the shelf life of the paint?
The caps on our paint bottles are air tight. We have paint touch up systems as old as 5 years old with still-fresh paint. However, if the cap on a bottle is left open, the contents will dry up in 7 – 21 days.
Why should I invest in a paint touch up system?
Customers demand it! Minor paint damage is such a common irritant–almost every car with at least 5000 miles has a few scratches and rock chips. They have tried touch up themselves, but get “blobby” results and are happy to pay $30 – $50 for professional quality repairs that improve minor paint damage without having to pay body shops $400 per panel for a respray.
How was this kit developed?
We used to operate a busy mobile touch up and auto body repair business. Half our work was respraying bumper damage. The other half was simple brush touch ups of chips and scratches. Our touch up process was slow and wasteful. We were spending up to 10 minutes finding a car’s paint code and mixing 6+ toners on a scale to the hundreth of a gram, then using about 5% of the paint on the repair and discarding the rest. We decided to make a faster and more efficient system just for brush touch ups.
The color deck system we developed eliminates the need to use manufacturers’ codes and large, expensive ($3500) paint mixing systems from Standox, PPG, or DuPont. Over 12 months of using the ScratchOut system “in the field” we perfected a compact, fast, and effective system that served our customers with top quality repairs and saved our company significant time and materials. We brought our touch up system to the market in 2006 and have sold hundreds to detailers, dealers, rental companies, PDR techs, interior techs, and touch up techs all over the world.
Why should I choose your touch up system?
The ScratchOut kit was created to improve on existing systems in 3 ways: cost, simplicity, and speed of repairs. Our price is 40 – 80% less than our competitors…just Google them. By creating the eye match color chart, we eliminated the complex process of finding paint codes, querying paint formulas on laptops or microfiche, and pouring out 7 different paint toners onto a scale to the hundreth of a gram. This “old way” of doing things is so complicated that owners avoid using their equipment and teaching it to employees.
Finally, our streamlined process reduces repair times by as much as 70%. Our premixed color system and everything-in-one-box approach allows you to preclean the damage, perform repairs, and clean up your materials faster than any other kit on the market, yet still deliver repairs of equal quality.
Can you really match the quality of a traditional $3500+ toner-based system with your premixed system?
For touch up purposes, yes. Toner based systems are essentially spray repair systems dumbed-down for touch up. We removed their complexity and cost yet still deliver the same quality of repair. In fact, we proved this for several years in the field; when we switched to our premixed system, our dealers never noticed a difference.[/wptabcontent]