Subaru Touch Up Paint
Find Subaru paint by clicking the year or model.
Find Your Subaru Color and Subaru Paint Code
Subaru did not make it easy to find the color code. For some reason, they put the color plate on top of the drivers side strut. Now, this is a ridiculous location but so it goes. Look for the three digit code on the strut tower. Typical Subaru paint color codes are three digits long and compsed of numbers and letters.
Examples of Where to Find Your Subaru Color Code
Example #1: Illustration of a typical Subaru label showing the color code "3M6":
Example #2: Actual picture of a Subaru color plate:
Example #3: Picture of a Subaru color plate by the strut tower:
Subaru Color Code Formats
In the example above, the color code has the format of "3M6" which corresponds to:
"Two Tone Color Combination 3M6
Atlantic Blue Pearl 33A
Granite Gray Opal Clearcoat 35S".
If your car has two colors, you will see the two tone color code. When you look on our site at your year, make and model, you can see a listing of the two tone color codes and the corresponding paint colors.
Subaru, 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.
How To Repair Damaged Subaru Paint With Subaru Touch Up Paint
By following these Subaru paint repair directions, you can make your Subaru paint shine again! For more detailed instructions, including how to use Subaru spray paint, see our Directions for How To Apply Touch Up Paint.
1. Prepare Your Subaru for Touch Up Paint
Make sure the temperature is over 50 degrees F, then wash the damaged paint on your Subaru with soap and water. Use a wax and grease remover on the area. Placing masking tape around your scratched Subaru paint will help protect the surrounding auto paint.
2. Repair Rusted Areas Before Applying Subaru Touch Up Paint
Remove all traces of rust from your Subaru with 220 grit sandpaper or a wire brush. Then use rust converter and apply it to the rusted area of your Subaru.
3. Apply Primer Before Painting Your Subaru
If you have an unpainted surface on your Subaru, like bare metal or plastic, apply primer before Subaru touch up paint! Apply several thin coats of primer to the Subaru paint you are going to repair. Only apply a small amount of primer to your Subaru at time. Let the primer dry, overnight if possible, before applying the Subaru touch up paint. Once dry, lightly sand the primed Subaru paint area with #220 grit sandpaper followed by #600 wet and dry sandpaper.
4. How to Apply Subaru Touch Up Paint
You are now ready to apply Subaru touch up paint to your car. Apply several thin coats of Subaru touch up paint to build up the damaged paint area to the same depth as the surrounding surface. Let the Subaru 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 Subaru paint dry overnight, it will be dry. If temperatures are below 70 degrees F, allow additional time for the Subaru touch up paint to dry.
5. Protect Repaired Subaru Paint with Clearcoat
Make sure the Subaru touch up paint you applied earlier is dry. Apply several thin coats of clearcoat over the touched up Subaru 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 Subaru Paint Shine
Rubbing compound will help your Subaru 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 Subaru. Apply rubbing compound to your Subaru 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 Subaru touch up paint. Use circular strokes while applying even pressure to the surface. Buff with a clean cloth to a high gloss. For best Subaru touch up paint results, let your Subaru's finish dry for thirty days and then apply a good quality automotive wax.
Subaru Touch Up Paint Pens, Spray Paint, and Other Subaru Paint Products
Once you are ready to repair your Subaru with touch up paint, you need to decide which Subaru paint repair products to order. Subaru touch up paint pens are great for small and quick Subaru paint jobs, while Subaru spray paint is better for repairing larger areas. 2 oz. Subaru basecoat paint bottles work well if you have many Subaru paint chips to fix.