Quality Touch-Up Paint for Any Volkswagen; Precisely Mixed to Always Give You That Perfect Match
Be it Beetle, Jetta or Golf, give your Volkswagen a great touch-up with the right paint products. It will thank you for it.
Your Journey Starts Here. Take The Right Steps with Our Ultimate Guide to Everything Volkswagen in 2020. Paint Codes, DIY Repairs and Purchasing Tips.
Scratches, dings, dents and, rock chips; so many things can happen to your Volkswagen on a daily basis and you need to be able to deal with them. It can be a daunting task, having to figure it all out on your own. After all, where do you even start? If that’s a question you’ve asked yourself before then you’ve come to the right place.
Whether it’s your Nocturne Black Metallic 2014 Routan or your Night Blue Metallic 2013 Touareg that’s in need of a touch-up, ERA Paints’ guide to all things DIY Volkswagen repair will be sure to help. We’ve got you covered like a retractable hardtop. Always there when you need us.
This how-to guide will cover everything you need to know about getting your Volkswagen back into tip-top shape. This includes:
- How to find your Volkswagen paint-code.
- How to use our premium-quality, American-made touch-up paints to fix up your Volksie.
- The right touch-up paint products to get for your Volkswagen
- The right supplies to get for your touch-up job.
- How to match the paint color on your car.
- What the hardest color to match on a car is.
Feel free to check out our FAQs, YouTube videos or give us a call if you have any questions, concerns or if you just want to hear the words, “free shipping on your purchase,” and, “savings”. Our customer service representatives are always ready to help you figure out the next step of your touch-up journey.
Volkswagen Paint codes. Here’s Where to Find Them and What to Look for.
The truth is that finding your Volkswagen color codes can be as hard as dealing with Mondays: You know you have to do it but you just don’t know how to. It doesn’t make it any easier that the color codes come printed on a paper id tag that could fall off. We can’t help you with your Mondays but we can show you how to go about finding your paint codes. All you have to do is let us answer some of the tough questions.
First, the question of, “Where?” A lot of the time, your Volkswagen color codes will be printed on a paper color ID tag that you’ll find if you check around the spare tire area. This will be the same ID tag that contains other information such as your VIN.
With all of the information on the tag, how are you supposed to know what your color code looks like? Volkswagen color codes generally follow a similar format across all models. They can be up to four numbers long or a combination of letters and numbers up to four characters long. Usually, however, the color code will be followed by a forward slash and a few more letters.
For instance, the color code for your 1989 Alpine White VW Polo would be L90E/P1. The first part is most likely your color code but, in some models, it may be the second part. Need to clarify
Volkswagen, like many other manufacturers, may use the same shade of paint on different models but under different names. This is why knowing your color code is so important. Without it, you may not be able to get the ideal color match for your Volkswagen paint job.
Finally, is there a less confusing way to find a color that matches your original factory finish? Once you know your paint code, you can try custom matching. Also, you could give us a quick call and we’d be happy to help you.
Your touch-up to-do list. Here’s how to fix chips and scratches on any Volkswagen quickly and conveniently.
Taking your Volkswagen to a body shop for a touchup can be a hassle. At best, you lose your car for a day or two. At worst, you’ll be weighed down by a bill so heavy that you’ll have to be careful about how you approach speed bumps as you drive home from the shop. So how do you get back your Volkswagen’s original factory finish without hassles? DIY, that’s how.
And, here’s a six-step guide to your Volkswagen touchup:
- Prep your Volksie for the touch-up. First, you have to make sure that the ambient temperature is over 50 degrees Fahrenheit then clean the damaged area with soap, water and a clean cloth. Apply some wax and grease remover then ring the damaged area with masking tape to protect the paint around it.
- Clean off any rust. Use some #320 grit sandpaper or a wire brush to get rid of rust before applying some rust converter.
- Prime the area. Coat the area with several thin coats of primer to prepare it for the VW touch-up paint. Always make sure to let each coat dry before applying the next. Let the last coat dry completely then gently sand it down with some #320 grit sandpaper followed by some #600 wet and dry sandpaper.
- Apply your Volkswagen Touchup Paint. Layer the paint thinly until it matches the area around it and let each coat dry before applying another.
- Apply some Clearcoat after the paint dries.
- After three days, give your Volkswagen a good shine using a clean, soft cloth, circular motions and, some rubbing compound.
For the best paint job be sure to read and follow the full set of instructions included with your shipment. Also, you can check out our FAQ’S and instructional videos on YouTube or call us and let our friendly customer service representatives answer any questions and guide you through the process.
How to pick the right products for your Volkswagen touch-up.
Your Volkswagen was built for precision so you need paint products that give you a precise finish; yellowish just doesn’t cut it when you need yellow. What choices do you have though?
Here they are:
- Paint pens
- 2 oz. paint bottles how many chips for our ¼ oz?
- Cans of Volkswagen spray paint
If its precision paint products you’re looking for, look anywhere except paint pens. They’ll go about as well with your OEM paint as a bottle of Jägermeister goes with good decisions. They also form blobs, occasionally leak and, only work on tiny paint chips. Who needs that kind of hassle in their life, right?
2 oz. paint bottles, on the other hand, may only work on paint chips that are smaller than a dime but will give you a much better finish. They’re also great for when you have multiple small chips and, in most cases, come with a dabber for easy application.
For large chips, or if you need to re-do whole sections of your Volkswagen’s body, a can of spray paint is your best bet. They’re easy to use, they’ll match your Volkswagen colors perfectly and a few cans of spray paint go a long way.
So, if you want your Volkswagen to look as great as it runs, you need to pick the right product for it. Now, you know how. If you need to know where there’s only one name that needs to come to mind: ERA Paints.
Give those expensive body-shop bills a body blow with these cost effective supplies for your Volkswagen touch-up job.
Fixing up your car doesn’t need to break the bank. All you need to get your VW paint back up to scratch is:
- Soap and water
- A clean cloth
- Wax and grease remover
- Masking tape
- #320 grit sandpaper
- Rust converter
- #600 wet and dry sandpaper
- OEM-matched touch-up paint
- Rubbing compound
You may also want to get some gloves and an air-purifying mask if you’re working with spray paint or have sensitive skin. Also, in the spirit of savings, you could get one of our Volkswagen kits that bundle most of these things together. After all, every little bit counts.
How do I match the paint color on my car?
Matching your cars original paint color isn’t as difficult as it seems. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps and you’ll be in the clear.
First, you need to find your car’s color code. This is the combination of numbers and letters that represents your car’s original paint. Where the color code can be found varies based on the manufacturer, model and, year the car was made. Therefore, this information is very important in helping you find the color code and match the paint. On Volkswagens, for instance, this information can be found around the spare tire area.
Second, order the paint online or at a reputable auto body supply or repair shop. Some sites will even offer color matching tools that will make your work much easier. Always remember that different factors, such as drying time, type of product and, number of tones used, come into play. Feel free to ask questions so that you can get the best results.
Finally, if your paint isn’t ready-to-use, mix your paint until you achieve the right color for you. You may want to do this on a small sheet at first and then compare it to your car in the light of the sun. Starting with varying shades of light and dark and working your way down to a middle ground can also help. Once you have the right shade, blend it with your car’s paint to get your flawless factory finish back.
What is the hardest color to match on a car?
Metallic paints, silvers and pewters in particular, are the hardest colors to match on a car. They are often lightly colored and have different hues when looked at in different conditions. They also have a high content of metallic flakes that need to align the right way to achieve the right shade.
Some metallic paints are also multi-stage paints. This means that there are multiple, commonly three but can be up to five, layers of visible paint applied to achieve the desired effect. This also means that how your paint job looks will depend on the angle of your light source and any reflections.
You can see why, even in ideal conditions, this would difficult to match. To compound the problem, touch-up paint can usually only be applied in a few layers so you may not be able to achieve the effect even if you do manage to match the color to the original manufacturers paint.
Like an artisan’s watch, your Volkswagen was built for precision. Unlike an artisan’s watch, your Volkswagen wasn’t meant to have the time showing on its surface. Let your Volkswagen look precisely as it did when it left the factory. Get yourself some touch-up paint.
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