Toyota Touch Up Paint
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Find Your Toyota Color and Toyota Paint Code
Toyota made it pretty easy to find the color code. On all models, there is an color ID plate on the drivers door jamb. When you locate it, it will have the letters C/TR and then the three digit paint code follows. You can match this color code up with what you find on our site. You may see something like:
C/TR 3P1 FA09
So the color code is 3P1 and the FA09 has nothing to do with the color code. These additional codes can cause confusion but they are really just interior option codes.
Example of a Toyota's Color Id Tag and Color Code Location
The color code in the example image above is "1F7".
You can see the actual code location and color plate in the following pictures of a 2010 Toyota Prius
Toyota, like all manufacturers, uses the exact same color across many models and then will have a different color name for each model. It's the same paint! This is why the color code is so important to order the correct paint.
For example, 3P1 above we call Impulse Red Metallic Clearcoat. It could also be called Red Metallic Clearcoat, Wine Metallic Clearcoat, etc. depending on what the marketing department decided to call it. You can also find your color code by calling your dealer with your VIN. They can bring up the exact vehicle you bought and tell you the color code. You can also try calling Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
How To Repair Damaged Toyota Paint With Toyota Touch Up Paint
By following these Toyota paint repair directions, you can make your Toyota paint shine again! For more detailed instructions, including how to use Toyota spray paint, see our Directions for How To Apply Touch Up Paint.
1. Prepare Your Toyota for Touch Up Paint
Make sure the temperature is over 50 degrees F, then wash the damaged paint on your Toyota with soap and water. Use a wax and grease remover on the area. Placing masking tape around your scratched Toyota paint will help protect the surrounding auto paint.
2. Repair Rusted Areas Before Applying Toyota Touch Up Paint
Remove all traces of rust from your Toyota with 220 grit sandpaper or a wire brush. Then use rust converter and apply it to the rusted area of your Toyota.
3. Apply Primer Before Painting Your Toyota
If you have an unpainted surface on your Toyota, like bare metal or plastic, apply primer before Toyota touch up paint! Apply several thin coats of primer to the Toyota paint you are going to repair. Only apply a small amount of primer to your Toyota at time. Let the primer dry, overnight if possible, before applying the Toyota touch up paint. Once dry, lightly sand the primed Toyota paint area with #220 grit sandpaper followed by #600 wet and dry sandpaper.
4. How to Apply Toyota Touch Up Paint
You are now ready to apply Toyota touch up paint to your car. Apply several thin coats of Toyota touch up paint to build up the damaged paint area to the same depth as the surrounding surface. Let the Toyota paint dry for ten to twenty minutes between coats. After the final coat, let the paint dry thoroughly before applying a clearcoat layer. Usually if you let the Toyota paint dry overnight, it will be dry. If temperatures are below 70 degrees F, allow additional time for the Toyota touch up paint to dry.
5. Protect Repaired Toyota Paint with Clearcoat
Make sure the Toyota touch up paint you applied earlier is dry. Apply several thin coats of clearcoat over the touched up Toyota paint, drying for ten to twenty minutes between each coat. Let the clearcoat dry overnight, or longer if temperatures are less than 70 degrees F.
6. Use Rubbing Compound to Make Your Toyota Paint Shine
Rubbing compound will help your Toyota touch up paint repair become smooth and shiny like the original paint. Let the clearcoat dry for at least three days, then use rubbing compound on your Toyota. Apply rubbing compound to your Toyota paint with a clean, soft cloth like an old tee shirt, but not wood products like paper towels. Place a small quantity of rubbing compound on the area where you applied Toyota touch up paint. Use circular strokes while applying even pressure to the surface. Buff with a clean cloth to a high gloss. For best Toyota touch up paint results, let your Toyota's finish dry for thirty days and then apply a good quality automotive wax.
Toyota Touch Up Paint Pens, Spray Paint, and Other Toyota Paint Products
Once you are ready to repair your Toyota with touch up paint, you need to decide which Toyota paint repair products to order. Toyota touch up paint pens are great for small and quick Toyota paint jobs, while Toyota spray paint is better for repairing larger areas. 2 oz. Toyota basecoat paint bottles work well if you have many Toyota paint chips to fix.