Subaru Touch Up Paint by ERA Paints

Let ERA Paints help you find all the information you need on Subaru touch up paint. Use our knowledge library to find Subaru paint codes and Subaru paint colors. Our matching system won’t be beaten.


Our unique matching system will help you restore your vehicle with Subaru touch up paint that guarantees a perfect manufacturer’s match.

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Whether it is for your Subaru Outback, Legacy, Tribeca, WRX, Crosstrek, or any other model – your Subaru paint codes are just a click away.

If you are trying to find the right Subaru paint codes and colors, then ERA is the perfect place for you. Our extensive how-to guides and videos make it easier than ever for you to get rid of any blemishes and scrapes you may have.

Whether it’s your 2011 Tribeca, 2009 Impreza or your Paprika Red Pearl WRX, we have the Subaru touch up paint colors you are looking for. In fact, at ERA, we even stock Subaru Legacy colors.

The OEM paint that we provide is the gold-standard in the automotive industry, it is great for repairing sun damage and provides an excellent finish every time. On top of that, we offer all our products at fantastic value and provide free shipping on all items.

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Regardless of what you need, we can provide the information that you are looking for. We have a Subaru touch up paint guide to help walk you through the process. You will find information on:

  • Identifying what your Subaru paint code is
  • Discovering the correct touch-up product – whether it is the Subaru touch up paint pen or other spray products
  • How to apply the paint
  • What colors are the best to maintain – Is it a White Subaru? Or Ice Silver?
  • Repairing sun damage on older models
  • The Subaru paint code location
  • Finding the equipment, you need to perform a touch up DIY style
  • Safety tips, tricks, and instructions

We pride ourselves on the quality of our customer service. If you have a question that we have not answered here, make sure to give us a call. Along with our FAQ guide, we also have videos that can talk you through how to perform a paint touch up on your Subaru vehicle.

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Where can you find the Subaru paint codes? The expert guide to Subaru paint code location.

Finding your Subaru color code is simple, to locate your Subaru paint codes you will need to find a sticker that has your VIN number on it:

  1. Check on the driver or passenger strut tower.
  2. Check the passenger or driver door edge or door jamb.
  3. The code will be next to a Color Code heading on a coloured sticker or plaque that may be made out of metal.
  4. Subaru paint codes are usually 3 digits long.
  5. They contain both numbers and letters
  6. The location can depend on the age of car with newer Subaru’s having the sticker in the door jamb.

Subaru have not made it particularly easy to find the color code, on all Subaru’s the color code can be found in either the strut tower or the door jamb on either side of the car. Keep a lookout for the sticker with the details on it.

Once you have located it, the code will be under or next to the Color Code heading, and it will always consist of 3 digits. Usually, the code will be made up of both numbers and letters, make sure to quote all of these when trying to find the perfect paint color.

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An example code is:


The numbers and letters above represent the code for  Black Granite Pearl which can also be entered as Subaru 8Y7. Once you have found the color code and made a note of it, the rest of the process is straightforward. Look up the code online and order one of our Subaru touch up paint kits. Then we will ship it to you with the delivery being free of charge.

One thing to note is that Subaru often uses different color names for the same color. This means that your Spark Silver Metallic Forester may have a different color name that your friends 2009 Impreza. But both will use the same CS3 code.

How to repair the damaged paint for your Subra using only the highest quality Subaru touch up paint.

Whether it is your XR Crosstrek or your Caribbean Green Metallic Legacy, completing the touch up paint process is simple, and you can easily do the process at home. Doing it yourself will save you a tonne of money, not to mention time. It also means you don’t have to work around the timetable of the local body shop, and can have your Subaru looking fresh in under a few hours.

We have outlined a step by step process for touching up your Subaru. By following these, you’ll have your Subaru back to its original factory finish in no time. Temperatures must be at least 50 degrees F when painting, if the temperature is lower than 70 degrees F, then you may need to wait for a more extended period.

  1. Wash the area you wish to work on with soap and water. Make sure to use grease remover on the area.
  2. Put masking tape around the chipped part of your Subaru.
  3. Apply numerous coats of primer and let it dry overnight – it is essential to set time aside for the layers to dry for at least 5 minutes in between coats.
  4. Once the area has dried, use 220 grit sandpaper followed by 600 grit sandpaper to sand the scratch
  5. When you apply the Subaru touch up paint, do it in several thin layers.
  6. Build up the paint until it is in line with the surrounding area
  7. Let the area dry overnight
  8. Spray the repair with clear coat 3 times – dry for 10 minutes between each coat
  9. Wait a minimum of three days before using any rubbing compound on the area
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If you need further instruction on how to perform the paint touch on your Subaru, we have Youtube videos that are clear and easy to follow. You must follow the instructions that come with your paint for a flawless factory finish. Contact us for more details, and we can help you with any issues you may have.

Should I buy a Subaru touch up paint pen, spray paints or something else?

The equipment that you need for you Subaru touch up paint job depends on the size of the problem. Two main products can be used for touch ups.

  • Subaru spray paint is more useful when tackling large areas
  • Subaru touch up pens can be suitable for small spaces. This needs to be used alongside the 12 oz Aerosol Spray Canister

At ERA we have a quality first policy, and this means that we do not sell Subaru touch up paint pens. They do not provide the same degree of quality that we like to offer our customers. Whether you need touch paint for your Spark Silver Metallic Forester or Carribean Green Metallic Legacy,  the touch up pen does not lay the metallic flakes correctly. They do not provide an ideal color match.

Subaru spray paint is essential for larger projects, and this includes significant scratches and big chips. If a large panel of your Venetian Red Pearl Subaru Outback is damaged, you will need multiple spray cans to complete the job in one sitting.

Our spray canisters come in 12-ounce sizes, which saves you money on larger areas when compared to the 10-ounce cartridges offered by other companies. We love delivering exceptional value. For smaller scratches and chips, jars with dabbers on their end are the best choice.

What supplies do I need to fix my Subaru myself?

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Fixing the damaged paintwork on your vehicle can be hugely rewarding. Thankfully, the Subaru touch up paint process is easy enough to do yourself. However, it is essential to have the right equipment to be able to do the necessary work quickly and effectively.

All of the equipment can be purchased in a kit and these are cheaper than buying everything separately. Our recommended list is:

  • The primer is essential for the touch up paint process
  • Make sure to choose your OEM matched color paint which comes in a spray or a jar
  • We use the Clearcoat at the end
  • We prepare the area with wax and grease cleaner
  • Soap and water should be on hand to help clean the area
  • Using 320 and 600 grit will help smooth the area
  • We recommend masking tape to prevent paint from getting on other areas of the vehicle
  • Having a towel on hand can help shine the car after the clear coat has set
  • Purchase nitrile gloves to stop your hands getting dirty

Should I consider going to a body shop or doing it myself?

One of the most significant benefits of Subaru touchup kits is that they are great value and straightforward to use. The great things about doing it yourself are:

Protecting Subaru Paint
  1. You avoid getting ripped off on the cost of labour and get all your products delivered to you for free.
  2. You can do it from the comfort of your garage.
  3. The whole process is more convenient because you don’t have to drop your car into the shop and wait on their schedule.

They are perfect for small to medium sizes scratches, scrapes and for help repairing sun damage. Once you have the experience, you can also look to do large sections yourself too.

However, for extensive work, it would be beneficial to go to a body shop because:

  1. You risk the results not being as great for significant areas – this could include damage from a severe crash where large portions of the vehicle are damaged.
  2. It is unlikely that fixing larger areas yourself would be cost-effective in terms of materials, and the amount of time needed.
  3. More substantial portions require more technical skills, and the correct timing may be harder to achieve.

Make sure to weigh up your options before deciding whether to go into the body shop. If you have some time to spare and want a challenge, then doing it yourself is the perfect option for you.

Doing bodywork yourself, which stuff can you do yourself?

Subaru Paint Scratch

A lot of people are often hesitant to do auto body repairs on their Subaru’s themselves. It can be nerve-racking trying to fix something that you have spent a lot of money on. That is why it is important to set limits and only do the stuff that is achievable with a DIY setup.

  • Removing or replacing glass is tricky but possible for the more experienced hobbyist
  • Applying Subaru touch up paint and finding Subaru color codes can be done by even a first-timer
  • Fixing a dent and reshaping the body can be completed by someone with moderate experience but does require some specialist equipment
  • Repairing windshield cracks can be done by yourself, but ordering the right kit is essential and needs to be done before the chip spreads and ruins your window.

It is important to remember that undertaking these tasks on your own will require you to purchase an extensive equipment list. For large paint repair task, you will need to high-quality LED lights to illuminate the vehicle’s body.


Our aim for this information is to provide you with the knowledge to do complete a Subaru paint touch up and to let you know the Subaru paint code location. We want to save you time and money, and take away the need to visit expensive shops. If you have any other issues, please contact us, and we can help out.

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