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Get Your Land Rover’s Colors Back Up to Scratch with our Premium Touch-Up Products and Matching Process
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The Step-by-Step Guide to Land Rover Touch-Up Paint Repairs: Everything You Need to Know About Paint Codes, Picking the Right Paint and, Fixing Up Dings
There’s a joke that 98% of people are dissatisfied with their lives and the other 2% are Land Rover owners. When your car can plow a field, plow through snow, cut bush trails and, look as good as Land Rovers do, it’s not difficult to see why. So, what do you do when unpleasant but inevitable scratches threaten your Land Rover’s looks? You do what your Rover does, you fix the situation.
ERA Paints’ guide to all things DIY Rover repair will show you how to fix any scratches, dings or, dents on your car. Whether it’s a 1976 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Discovery Sport or Evoque, finding your paints codes and finishing up your touch-up has never been easier.
On top of that, we only provide quality products that are made by American hands using premium paint. Bottom line is you get the highest quality paint that works to give you the color match of your dreams and, you get it shipped for free. No more dealing with expensive body shops or losing your car for days on end.
This guide covers:
- Finding your Land Rover paint codes
- Applying your premium paint to fix chips, dents and other types of damage
- Deciding on the best touch-up products to buy
- Planning out the supplies you’ll need for your touch-up job so that you can hit the ground running
- What a two-step Paint System is and whether you really need a clear coat
- Whether you need any special equipment to fix your Land Rover paint at home
Land Rover Paint Code Locations: How to Find and Identify Your Codes Easily
Land Rover paint codes have evolved just like Land Rover has. Initially, they were more a product of function than accessibility. In earlier models, you could find the paint codes on the radiator support under the hood or, as it’s called across the pond, the bonnet. Nowadays, however, you can find them on driver’s side door-jamb.
As long as you know the format the paint codes take, it shouldn’t be too hard to identify them on the paint tag. The standard format is three letters and numbers followed by a backslash and three more characters. For instance:
LRC867/1AA would be the paint code for Fuji White or LRC820/1AG is the paint code for Santorini Black.
On the paint tag, you may just see LRC820 or 1AG but, they refer to the same color. The issue, however, may come in when the same color code is used under different names for different models. That’s why it’s really important to know your color code. Fuji White may not, always, be called Fuji White but the color code will always remain the same.
Identifying your color code is extremely important because it lets you match your touch-up paint to the OEM paint that your Land-Rover was manufactured with. If you don’t match it right, you could end up with a patch of paint that doesn’t match the color of the paint around it. The steps for doing this are:
- Know the year your Land-Rover was manufactured
- Open the door or pop the hood open
- Look for the tag
- Note the characters printed onto the tag
- Match the characters to your vehicle’s model to see what color the codes represent
- Order your touch-up paint
- Enjoy the result
In case you have any questions about color-matching, feel free to check out our website, FAQ’s and videos or contact us at 971-770-2372 so that we can help you find a shade of paint that matches yours perfectly.
The 10-Step Guide to Fixing Scratches and Chips on Your Land Rover or Range Rover: Everything You Need to Know to Make It Look Factory-New Without Paying an Arm and a Leg at a Body Shop
With a few tools, a little time and some elbow grease, your Rover could get its flawless factory finish back.
- Order your products and accessories
- Test the color on the test card included in your shipment to make sure it matches your OEM paint
- Get the conditions right. This means low humidity, little direct sunlight and, ambient temperatures between 60 to 70° Fahrenheit.
- Prep your Rover for the touch-up by cleaning the damaged area with soap and water, then wax & grease remover. Tape the repair area with automotive masking tape and paper to keep the surrounding area clean.
- Get rid of any rust by sanding down the area with #320 grit sandpaper or a wire brush and covering it with rust converter.
- Apply primer to the damaged area in thin coats and let them dry before sanding them down with #320 grit sandpaper and #600 wet and dry sandpaper. Clean the area again.
- Apply several thin layers of your touch-up paint until it is even with the surrounding paint. Allow it to dry completely.
- Apply several thin layers of clear coat, allowing them to dry for 10 to 20 minutes between coats. Use light strokes or the clearcoat may lift the basecoat and ruin it.
- Wait three days then apply some rubbing compound and buff.
- Wait 30 days and wax.
The steps above describe the Rover touch up paint process and are for guidance only. To achieve a flawless factory finish, always read & follow instructions included in your shipment. For more tips and tricks, check out our FAQ’s, YouTube videos or, call our dedicated customer service representatives, so that they can answer any questions you may have.
The Right Paint Products to Purchase for Your Rover Repairs
You generally have three choices when picking a paint product for your touch-up job. However, two questions should guide your decision when picking the right product and amount for you:
- How much damage am I dealing with?
- What result am I looking to achieve?
Sure, cost is also a consideration but, think of it this way, if you’re reading this then, you’ve already noticed the ding and, you’re not okay with it. So, will you be okay with continuing to notice it?
The three choices are:
- Land-Rover touch-up paint pens. These are used on tiny chips.
- Bottles of Land-Rover touch-up paint. For multiple chips or scrapes, that are smaller than a dime, these are your best bet.
- Land-Rover spray paint. For touching-up larger areas of damage, spray paint works great.
Those are the questions, and the choices, but some truths have to be faced as you pick the right paint product for you. These are:
- Paint pens don’t give a great match when compared to the other options. They also leak occasionally and don’t lay down metal flakes properly when applying metallic paint.
So, determining what you need is driven by the size of your DIY repair.
At the end of the day though, all of this is just advice and the choice remains with you. All we want is to help you find a product that works for you and delivers the best results possible. That’s the ERA Paints way.
Your DIY Shopping List: All the Supplies You’ll Need for Your DIY Land-Rover Repairs
Just like the camping trip your Rover will take you on, you need supplies before you start your DIY journey. However, figuring out exactly what you need can be tough. And, just like you never know whether you may need that bear repellent, it may be hard to determine whether you need wax remover or just soap and water. That’s where this list comes in.
All you need is:
- OEM matched touchup paint
- Rubbing compound
- A clean, soft cloth
- Automotive wax for that great finish (optional)
- Soap and water & wax and grease remover
- Masking tape
- #320 grit sand paper or a wire brush
- Rust converter
- #600 wet and dry sand paper
What is a Two-Step Paint System and Do You Really Need Clear Coat?
A two-step paint system requires the application of paint in two stages after applying the primer. First, the basecoat is applied then the clear coat is applied on top of the basecoat. This method takes longer and costs more than a single-stage paint system but provides better results and a more durable finish.
Single-stage paint systems were popular before the 1990s and had the basecoat and clearcoat applied as one formulation. They were replaced when the potential of two-stage paint systems became well-known.
No matter the paint-system, however, the primer is necessary for a flawless finish. This is because the primer evens out the damaged area so that it is level with the paint around it, protects against corrosion and, makes it easier for the paint that follows to set onto the car’s surface.
Do you need any special equipment to fix your Land Rover paint at home?
Some special equipment is required but, don’t worry, you don’t need to open up a whole body shop. Most of the equipment required is just meant to keep you safe and, to make the painting process easier. Here’s what you need:
- Nitrile gloves to protect your hands from the paint that you’ll be working with
- Safety goggles to keep your eyes safe
- An automotive paint respirator so that you don’t inhale any fumes or paint particles (if a big project)
- Sandpaper to sand down the layers of paint and primer
- A wire brush to get rid of rust
- Clean cloth to wipe down and buff surfaces
That’s about it. Plus, everything on the list is, most likely, an item that you have lying around the house or that you can get from your local hardware store or mall.
Being the best 4×4 by far takes a toll on your Land Rover. It goes above and beyond for you. Wouldn’t you like to do the same?