Ford Touch Up Paint
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Find Your Ford Color and Ford Paint Code
Ford makes it fairly easy to find the color code. It is always on the drivers door jamb. Ford color codes are simple - just two digits which can be numbers and letters. The illustration below is based on the a typical Ford color ID tag and shows where to find a Ford color code.
Ford Paint Code Location:
In the example above, the color code is "PM" which corresponds to Bright Calypso Metallic Clearcoat. Not too hard, right?
Pre 1970 Fords can be problematic though. Ford was calling different paint colors the exact same name so a Ocean Blue in 1966 was completely different from an Ocean Blue in 1967. Different color code too.
Typical color code format for Ford
In our example plate above, the code is PM which corresponds to our:
Bright Calypso Metallic Clearcoat PM/M6599.
However, you will rarely ever see the M6599 part.
You will typically just see PM. The color plate above shows Exterior Paint
Colors but often the color plate will show EX PT (for
Exterior Paint, but I bet you knew this already??) and then above or below
this, you will see the color code. To make matters just a tad confusing,
sometimes the actual color is embossed on the plate right in the middle and not where one
would expect it.
We get lots of emails from customers thinking their color code is LX3 which would make sense given the location!
PM Bright Calypso Metallic Clearcoat.
Two Tone Combination
Ford has many two tone combinations for some cars. Two tones are two different colors on your car. Ford did not do a great job with two tone color coding and often the secondary color information is just missing so this makes it impossible to know without borrowing a color book from us what colors you actually have.
Same Color Code, Different Name
Ford, 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, PM/M6599 above we call Bright Calypso Metallic Clearcoat. It could also be called Bright Green Clearcoat, Speed Green Clearcoat, etc. depending on what the marketing department decided to call it.
How To Repair Damaged Ford Paint With Ford Touch Up Paint
By following these Ford paint repair directions, you can make your Ford paint shine again! For more detailed instructions, including how to use Ford spray paint, see our Directions for How To Apply Touch Up Paint.
1. Prepare Your Ford for Touch Up Paint
Make sure the temperature is over 50 degrees F, then wash the damaged paint on your Ford with soap and water. Use a wax and grease remover on the area. Placing masking tape around your scratched Ford paint will help protect the surrounding auto paint.
2. Repair Rusted Areas Before Applying Ford Touch Up Paint
Remove all traces of rust from your Ford with 220 grit sandpaper or a wire brush. Then use rust converter and apply it to the rusted area of your Ford.
3. Apply Primer Before Painting Your Ford
If you have an unpainted surface on your Ford, like bare metal or plastic, apply primer before Ford touch up paint! Apply several thin coats of primer to the Ford paint you are going to repair. Only apply a small amount of primer to your Ford at time. Let the primer dry, overnight if possible, before applying the Ford touch up paint. Once dry, lightly sand the primed Ford paint area with #220 grit sandpaper followed by #600 wet and dry sandpaper.
4. How to Apply Ford Touch Up Paint
You are now ready to apply Ford touch up paint to your car. Apply several thin coats of Ford touch up paint to build up the damaged paint area to the same depth as the surrounding surface. Let the Ford 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 Ford paint dry overnight, it will be dry. If temperatures are below 70 degrees F, allow additional time for the Ford touch up paint to dry.
5. Protect Repaired Ford Paint with Clearcoat
Make sure the Ford touch up paint you applied earlier is dry. Apply several thin coats of clearcoat over the touched up Ford 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 Ford Paint Shine
Rubbing compound will help your Ford 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 Ford. Apply rubbing compound to your Ford 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 Ford touch up paint. Use circular strokes while applying even pressure to the surface. Buff with a clean cloth to a high gloss. For best Ford touch up paint results, let your Ford's finish dry for thirty days and then apply a good quality automotive wax.
Ford Touch Up Paint Pens, Spray Paint, and Other Ford Paint Products
Once you are ready to repair your Ford with touch up paint, you need to decide which Ford paint repair products to order. Ford touch up paint pens are great for small and quick Ford paint jobs, while Ford spray paint is better for repairing larger areas. 2 oz. Ford basecoat paint bottles work well if you have many Ford paint chips to fix.