Mini Touch Up Paint
Find Mini paint by clicking the year or model.
Find Your Mini Color and Mini Paint Code
BMW makes the Mini Cooper so Mini codes are much like BMW codes. Mini codes are hidden somewhere on the car. How anyone ever finds them, I don't understand. They an be on the firewall, on the radiator support, on the door jamb, in the trunk. You name it, Mini tried to put a color plate there. So patience is the key. When you select your year, make and model, take a look at the diagram we have under Finding Your Color Code as the location varies by year.
The typical color code format is:
which corresponds to:
Alpine White III Clearcoat
Same Color Code, Different Name
Mini, 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.
How To Repair Damaged Mini Paint With Mini Touch Up Paint
By following these Mini paint repair directions, you can make your Mini paint shine again! For more detailed instructions, including how to use Mini spray paint, see our Directions for How To Apply Touch Up Paint.
1. Prepare Your Mini for Touch Up Paint
Make sure the temperature is over 50 degrees F, then wash the damaged paint on your Mini with soap and water. Use a wax and grease remover on the area. Placing masking tape around your scratched Mini paint will help protect the surrounding auto paint.
2. Repair Rusted Areas Before Applying Mini Touch Up Paint
Remove all traces of rust from your Mini with 220 grit sandpaper or a wire brush. Then use rust converter and apply it to the rusted area of your Mini.
3. Apply Primer Before Painting Your Mini
If you have an unpainted surface on your Mini, like bare metal or plastic, apply primer before Mini touch up paint! Apply several thin coats of primer to the Mini paint you are going to repair. Only apply a small amount of primer to your Mini at time. Let the primer dry, overnight if possible, before applying the Mini touch up paint. Once dry, lightly sand the primed Mini paint area with #220 grit sandpaper followed by #600 wet and dry sandpaper.
4. How to Apply Mini Touch Up Paint
You are now ready to apply Mini touch up paint to your car. Apply several thin coats of Mini touch up paint to build up the damaged paint area to the same depth as the surrounding surface. Let the Mini 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 Mini paint dry overnight, it will be dry. If temperatures are below 70 degrees F, allow additional time for the Mini touch up paint to dry.
5. Protect Repaired Mini Paint with Clearcoat
Make sure the Mini touch up paint you applied earlier is dry. Apply several thin coats of clearcoat over the touched up Mini 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 Mini Paint Shine
Rubbing compound will help your Mini 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 Mini. Apply rubbing compound to your Mini 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 Mini touch up paint. Use circular strokes while applying even pressure to the surface. Buff with a clean cloth to a high gloss. For best Mini touch up paint results, let your Mini's finish dry for thirty days and then apply a good quality automotive wax.
Mini Touch Up Paint Pens, Spray Paint, and Other Mini Paint Products
Once you are ready to repair your Mini with touch up paint, you need to decide which Mini paint repair products to order. Mini touch up paint pens are great for small and quick Mini paint jobs, while Mini spray paint is better for repairing larger areas. 2 oz. Mini basecoat paint bottles work well if you have many Mini paint chips to fix.