Jeep Touch Up Paint
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Find Your Jeep Color and Jeep Paint Code
Jeep codes can be difficult to find as they may be located in several possible places. In newer Jeeps, you can find the color code located in the drivers side door jamb. Sometimes it may be located in the firewall or under the drivers seat. In the good old days, they used to do their best to hide the color code on top of the radiator support, making it virtually impossible to locate since it would get all covered with grease.
Example of where to find your Jeep color code on the color ID Tag:
Anatomy of a Jeep Color Code
In the example above, the paint code is "GBS". Most jeep paint codes are three digits long. In this example, only the BS is the actual color code. This can also be shown as "QBS", "PBS", "TBS", etc. - we're not sure why they did it like this! The first letter is the mysterious "Year Code" which regardless of what the intent was, it just makes for confusing color codes.
"BS" corresponds to Deep Water Blue Pearl Clearcoat. Again, the G in the GBS is not part of the color code. Lately, Jeep has been wising up and just listing the paint codes as BS.
Two Tone Combination
Jeep has many two tone combinations for some cars. Two tones are two different colors on your car. Jeep 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
Jeep, 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, BS above we call Deep Water Blue Pearl Clearcoat. It could also be called Blue Clearcoat, Ocean Clearcoat, etc. depending on what the marketing department decided to call it.
How To Repair Damaged Jeep Paint With Jeep Touch Up Paint
By following these Jeep paint repair directions, you can make your Jeep paint shine again! For more detailed instructions, including how to use Jeep spray paint, see our Directions for How To Apply Touch Up Paint.
1. Prepare Your Jeep for Touch Up Paint
Make sure the temperature is over 50 degrees F, then wash the damaged paint on your Jeep with soap and water. Use a wax and grease remover on the area. Placing masking tape around your scratched Jeep paint will help protect the surrounding auto paint.
2. Repair Rusted Areas Before Applying Jeep Touch Up Paint
Remove all traces of rust from your Jeep with 220 grit sandpaper or a wire brush. Then use rust converter and apply it to the rusted area of your Jeep.
3. Apply Primer Before Painting Your Jeep
If you have an unpainted surface on your Jeep, like bare metal or plastic, apply primer before Jeep touch up paint! Apply several thin coats of primer to the Jeep paint you are going to repair. Only apply a small amount of primer to your Jeep at time. Let the primer dry, overnight if possible, before applying the Jeep touch up paint. Once dry, lightly sand the primed Jeep paint area with #220 grit sandpaper followed by #600 wet and dry sandpaper.
4. How to Apply Jeep Touch Up Paint
You are now ready to apply Jeep touch up paint to your car. Apply several thin coats of Jeep touch up paint to build up the damaged paint area to the same depth as the surrounding surface. Let the Jeep 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 Jeep paint dry overnight, it will be dry. If temperatures are below 70 degrees F, allow additional time for the Jeep touch up paint to dry.
5. Protect Repaired Jeep Paint with Clearcoat
Make sure the Jeep touch up paint you applied earlier is dry. Apply several thin coats of clearcoat over the touched up Jeep 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 Jeep Paint Shine
Rubbing compound will help your Jeep 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 Jeep. Apply rubbing compound to your Jeep 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 Jeep touch up paint. Use circular strokes while applying even pressure to the surface. Buff with a clean cloth to a high gloss. For best Jeep touch up paint results, let your Jeep's finish dry for thirty days and then apply a good quality automotive wax.
Jeep Touch Up Paint Pens, Spray Paint, and Other Jeep Paint Products
Once you are ready to repair your Jeep with touch up paint, you need to decide which Jeep paint repair products to order. Jeep touch up paint pens are great for small and quick Jeep paint jobs, while Jeep spray paint is better for repairing larger areas. 2 oz. Jeep basecoat paint bottles work well if you have many Jeep paint chips to fix.