Find your BMW paint color by clicking your vehicle's year:
Find your BMW paint color by clicking your vehicle's model:
Find Your BMW Color and BMW Paint Code
BMW codes are hidden somewhere on the car and finding them can be quite difficult. Why did BMW make this so hard? BMW color codes can be on the firewall, on the radiator support,
on the door jamb, in the trunk. You name it, BMW tried to put a color
plate there. So patience is the key. When you select your vehicle year, make and
model, take a look at the diagram we have under Finding Your Color
Code as the location varies by year.
Location of BMW Paint Code on a Color ID Tag:
For the color ID tag above, the color code is 300. The typical BMW color code format is three numbers like 300. Following the color code is typically a forward slash, and then other digits which are not part of your color code.
In the example above, the color code 300 corresponds to:
Alpine White III Clearcoat
Same BMW Color Code, Different Name
BMW, 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, 300, above we call Alpine White III Clearcoat. It could also be called White Clearcoat, Premium White Clearcoat, etc. depending on what the marketing department decided to call it.
BMW Touch Up Paint Tips, Suggestions and Tricks
Please read through the following list of BMW touch up paint tips for best car scratch repair results.
- Do not try to use the paint pen on areas larger than a pencil eraser. Larger areas must be sprayed.
- Paint can easily leak out of the paint pen if you do not use it correctly!
- Do not try to brush areas larger than a dime. Larger areas must be sprayed.
- The pints, quarts and gallons of basecoat, midcoat, clear and primer are ready to spray and do not require thinning.
- If you get paint on your skin, remove with paint thinner and wash thoroughly with soap and water.
- When spraying, always test for paint compatibility. Paint an inconspicuous part of the vehicle, let dry and see if there is any reaction.
- Do not spray our paint over enamel paint that is less than two years old.
- Do not spray primer, paint or clearcoat in direct sunlight!
- Use an approved automotive paint respirator and WEAR safety goggles and gloves when handling automotive paint to protect your eyes and skin!! Please read the information below for best results.
- First time? Did you know you can completely remove any new paint with automotive lacquer thinner and start over without damaging the original finish?
- Make sure you use SEM Adhesion Promoter if you are spraying a non-metal surface. Failure to do so will result in the paint peeling off within a few months!
How To Repair Damaged BMW Paint With BMW Touch Up Paint
By following these BMW paint repair directions, you can make your BMW paint shine again! For more detailed instructions, including how to use BMW spray paint, see our Directions for How To Apply Touch Up Paint.
1. Prepare Your BMW for Touch Up Paint
Make sure the temperature is over 50 degrees F, then wash the damaged paint on your BMW with soap and water. Use a wax and grease remover on the area. Placing masking tape around your scratched BMW paint will help protect the surrounding auto paint.
2. Repair Rusted Areas Before Applying BMW Touch Up Paint
Remove all traces of rust from your BMW with 220 grit sandpaper or a wire brush. Then use rust converter and apply it to the rusted area of your BMW.
3. Apply Primer Before Painting Your BMW
If you have an unpainted surface on your BMW, like bare metal or plastic, apply primer before BMW touch up paint! Apply several thin coats of primer to the BMW paint you are going to repair. Only apply a small amount of primer to your BMW at time. Let the primer dry, overnight if possible, before applying the BMW touch up paint. Once dry, lightly sand the primed BMW paint area with #220 grit sandpaper followed by #600 wet and dry sandpaper.
4. How to Apply BMW Touch Up Paint
You are now ready to apply BMW touch up paint to your car. Apply several thin coats of BMW touch up paint to build up the damaged paint area to the same depth as the surrounding surface. Let the BMW 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 BMW paint dry overnight, it will be dry. If temperatures are below 70 degrees F, allow additional time for the BMW touch up paint to dry.
5. Protect Repaired BMW Paint with Clearcoat
Make sure the BMW touch up paint you applied earlier is dry. Apply several thin coats of clearcoat over the touched up BMW 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 BMW Paint Shine
Rubbing compound will help your BMW 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 BMW. Apply rubbing compound to your BMW 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 BMW touch up paint. Use circular strokes while applying even pressure to the surface. Buff with a clean cloth to a high gloss. For best BMW touch up paint results, let your BMW's finish dry for thirty days and then apply a good quality automotive wax.
BMW Touch Up Paint Pens, Spray Paint, and Other BMW Paint Products
Once you are ready to repair your BMW with touch up paint, you need to decide which BMW paint repair products to order. BMW touch up paint pens are great for small and quick BMW paint jobs, while BMW spray paint is better for repairing larger areas. 2 oz. BMW basecoat paint bottles work well if you have many BMW paint chips to fix. You can find more information about which BMW touch up paint products to order here.