Volkswagen Touch Up Paint
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Find Your Volkswagen Color and Volkswagen Paint Code
Volkswagen codes can be difficult to find. Most Volkswagen color codes are going to be somewhere around the spare tire area. They are printed on a paper color id tag which is guaranteed to fall off and disappear just when you need to find it. VW color codes are typically two, three, or four numbers long. Somtimes they can also be a combination of letters and numbers.
Example Volkswagen color code location:
The image above is an example of where to find your VW color code on a typical Volkswagen ID tag. In this example, the color code is "LDX7".
The typical color code format for Volkswagen is:
The color code above is actually two different color codes, LD7X and 2R which can be used. Typically most Volkswagen's have the LD7X, but occasionally we see the 2R. Why did they do this? Who knows!
LD7X corresponds to Platinum Gray Metallic Clearcoat Again, the 2R is also used on some Volkswagen's for the same color. Really old Volkswagen can be nearly impossible to figure out. Plus, they are discontinuing some of these toner colors so custom matching is the way to go.
Same Color Code, Different Name
Volkswagen, 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, LD7X, above we call Platinum Gray Metallic Clearcoat It could also be called Gray Clearcoat, Platinum Moonstone Clearcoat, etc. depending on what the marketing department decided to call it.
How To Repair Damaged Volkswagen Paint With Volkswagen Touch Up Paint
By following these Volkswagen paint repair directions, you can make your Volkswagen paint shine again! For more detailed instructions, including how to use Volkswagen spray paint, see our Directions for How To Apply Touch Up Paint.
1. Prepare Your Volkswagen for Touch Up Paint
Make sure the temperature is over 50 degrees F, then wash the damaged paint on your Volkswagen with soap and water. Use a wax and grease remover on the area. Placing masking tape around your scratched Volkswagen paint will help protect the surrounding auto paint.
2. Repair Rusted Areas Before Applying Volkswagen Touch Up Paint
Remove all traces of rust from your Volkswagen with 220 grit sandpaper or a wire brush. Then use rust converter and apply it to the rusted area of your Volkswagen.
3. Apply Primer Before Painting Your Volkswagen
If you have an unpainted surface on your Volkswagen, like bare metal or plastic, apply primer before Volkswagen touch up paint! Apply several thin coats of primer to the Volkswagen paint you are going to repair. Only apply a small amount of primer to your Volkswagen at time. Let the primer dry, overnight if possible, before applying the Volkswagen touch up paint. Once dry, lightly sand the primed Volkswagen paint area with #220 grit sandpaper followed by #600 wet and dry sandpaper.
4. How to Apply Volkswagen Touch Up Paint
You are now ready to apply Volkswagen touch up paint to your car. Apply several thin coats of Volkswagen touch up paint to build up the damaged paint area to the same depth as the surrounding surface. Let the Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen paint dry overnight, it will be dry. If temperatures are below 70 degrees F, allow additional time for the Volkswagen touch up paint to dry.
5. Protect Repaired Volkswagen Paint with Clearcoat
Make sure the Volkswagen touch up paint you applied earlier is dry. Apply several thin coats of clearcoat over the touched up Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen Paint Shine
Rubbing compound will help your Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen. Apply rubbing compound to your Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen touch up paint. Use circular strokes while applying even pressure to the surface. Buff with a clean cloth to a high gloss. For best Volkswagen touch up paint results, let your Volkswagen's finish dry for thirty days and then apply a good quality automotive wax.
Volkswagen Touch Up Paint Pens, Spray Paint, and Other Volkswagen Paint Products
Once you are ready to repair your Volkswagen with touch up paint, you need to decide which Volkswagen paint repair products to order. Volkswagen touch up paint pens are great for small and quick Volkswagen paint jobs, while Volkswagen spray paint is better for repairing larger areas. 2 oz. Volkswagen basecoat paint bottles work well if you have many Volkswagen paint chips to fix.