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Quality Touch-up Paint for Any Saturn; Mixed Precisely to Always Give You a Perfect Match.
“DIY Saturn Touch-up,” has a nice ring to it. Here’s how to get your Saturn’s factory-new look back with our paint products, tips, and tricks.
Saturn Paint Colors; A Guide to Finding Your Paint Code, Picking the Right Paint and, Fixing Scratches.
Sometimes, it can feel like your life revolves around your Saturn. Commuting to work, trips to the grocery store, the only thing more constant than your Saturn’s presence is the possibility of damage. All it takes is a pebble flung from the tire of the car in front of yours, to put a ding on your Saturn’s paint job. With all of these risks, how do you make sure that your Saturn always looks its best? That’s right. DIY repairs. All the quality of a body shop but with added convenience.
Whether it’s your Saturn S Series or a Saturn Astra that needs a touch-up, this DIY guide from ERA Paints will make your repair work feel like a breeze. All you need to do is follow the steps provided, purchase the right products, and settle into the fact that ERA Paints has your back.
This guide covers all the details on all things Saturn paint, including:
- Finding your Saturn paint-code
- How to use ERA Paints’ premium-quality, American-made touch-up paints
- The right touch-up paint products to get for your Saturn
- The right supplies to get for your touch-up job
- What kinds of bodywork that you can do for yourself
- Can you fix scratches yourself, even if you have no experience?
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Saturn Paint Codes: How to Find and Identify Your Code.
If you don’t know how to look for your Saturn’s paint code, it may take you light-years to find it. General Motors definitely hasn’t made it easy. They don’t have a standardized location for their color plates across models and, they have the habit of switching it up every few years. Just to check whether car-owners are paying attention.
On the bright side, it may be difficult, but if you follow these simple steps, it shouldn’t be rocket science:
- Check the glove box
- Check the spare tire well
- If you haven’t found it yet, check everywhere else
At this point, the question of whether you even know what you’re looking for may come up. Now, that’s rocket science. Saturn paint codes follow a format that’s basically a cryptograph.
The typical color code format is:
51/WA316N which represents Gold Mist Metallic
This, in turn, may be preceded by a, “BC/CC” The color code would then be either BC/CC 51 or BC/CC 316N. The WA is a strange addition that may or may not be present in your color code.
But we’re not done, the color codes may be preceded by a U or L that corresponds to the terms, “Upper,” or, “Lower,” color. This comes in when you have a two-tone combination. Which, for some reason, happens a lot with Saturn’s. Two-tone combinations are when you have two different colors on your car. Two-tone combos always come with their own unique color code. For instance:
BC/CC U316N or BC/CC L316N. The U stands for upper color, and the L stands for the lower color.
As with other car manufacturers, General Motors often uses the same color on a variety of models but may have a different name for that same color. Your color code is the key to breaking the code and ordering the right paint.
How to Fix Scratches and Dings on Your Saturn’s exterior.
Time and a feeling of accomplishment. That’s what you might miss out on if you choose to take your Saturn to a body shop. Savings; that’s what you’ll definitely miss out on.
Sure, body shops have trained, experienced staff, but what is experience other than what you do with what you are given? And, within this short guide to DIY Saturn repair, you’ll be given all the steps you need to take to ensure that your Saturn looks as good as it did when it came off the factory floor.
- Make sure that the temperature within your work-area is over 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Clean the damaged area with soap, water, and a clean cloth.
- Apply some wax and grease remover then ring the damaged area with masking tape to protect the paint around it.
- Use some #320 grit sandpaper or a wire brush to get rid of rust
- Apply some rust converter.
- Coat the area with several thin coats of primer to prepare it for the touch-up paint. Let each coat dry before applying the next.
- Let the last coat dry completely then gently sand it down with some #320 grit sandpaper followed by some #600 grit wet and dry sandpaper.
- Layer the basecoat paint thinly until it matches the area around it and let each coat dry before applying another.
- Finally apply several layers of thin clearcoat to protect the paint and ensure the best color match.
- After three days, give your Saturn a good shine using a clean, soft cloth, circular motions and, some rubbing compound.
Please feel free to check out our FAQ’s and instructional YouTube videos and be sure to always fully read the instructions included with each order. Also, give us a call, and our trained customer service representatives will be Saturn to help.
The right paint products to buy for your DIY Saturn repair job.
Paint pens don’t offer much precision. They’re like trying to shoot a wet mop out of a bow at a target. All you end up with is wet patches where you didn’t want any. They blob up, occasionally leak, can only be used on tiny chips, and will go about as well with your OEM paint as a St Patrick’s day outfit goes with a corporate job interview.
For paint chips smaller than a dime, you’ll want to go with our 1/4 oz. paint bottles. They work great on areas with multiple chips and are as easy to use since they come with applicators. They also give you a much better finish and greater control during application so you can apply multiple thin layers of paint.
Spray paint is excellent for large repair jobs. If you need to fix a large scratch or re-do a whole panel, then you’ll want the convenience of just spraying on a few layers of paint and walking away. They also are much cheaper than other types of paint since a can goes a long way. They are not, however, ideal for small chips and scratches.
ERA Paints offers all of these products and three assurances. First, they’ll be high-quality products. Second, that they’ll be American-made. And, third, that they’ll be shipped to you for free. What are you waiting for?
Saturn Supplies: Here’s What You Need to Get Your Repair Job Done.
Unlike body shops, fixing up your Saturn doesn’t need to empty out your bank account. All you need is a few supplies. ERA Paints offers all these, or you can purchase from the closest store, and you can get your Saturn’s original look back. Whether it’s a Saturn Ion or Saturn Sky, here are the supplies that you’ll need:
- Soap and water
- A blue shop towel
- Wax and grease remover
- Masking tape
- #320 grit sandpaper
- #600 wet and dry sandpaper
- OEM-matched touch-up paint
- Rubbing compound
To keep your skin safe, it is also essential to get gloves. Also, if you’re working with spray-paint, an air-purifying mask will protect your lungs.
What Kinds of Bodywork Can I Do Myself?
Before getting started on any DIY auto-body repairs, it’s essential to know what you’re getting yourself into. Part of that is knowing what you can or cannot do. However, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. For instance, panel beating may seem like merely hammering a piece of metal into shape, but, in truth, it requires much more than that. Therefore, if you’re considering any DIY work on your car, you may need first to ask the question, “Can I do it?” This section provides the answer.
These are the types of bodywork that you can do at home:
- Fixing paint scratches: Scratches need to be filled in with multiple layers of touch-up paint or scratch filler if the damage is particularly severe.
- Fixing dents: For minor dents, a suction-cup dent puller works well enough. However, significant dents require a filler and paint job to make them look even with the area around them.
- Gouges and scrapes: Gouges and scrapes can easily be fixed using fillers and touch-up paints.
- Fixing broken tail-lights: With a few simple tools, even fixing your tail-lights becomes a breeze.
Can I Fix Scratches Myself, Even If I Have No Experience?
The question of experience often comes up about the same time that the topic of fixing things does. Is it fitting for you to check your pipe fittings? Or should you call someone who’s been in the piping pipeline for a while now?
When it comes to scratches on cars, however, experience plays less of a part in the process than technique does. All you need to know is the steps, and you can fix any scratch that comes your way.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fine grit sandpaper
- A bucket of soapy water
- Some automotive wax
- Buffing cloths
- Your bottle of paint
The first step is to wash the damaged area thoroughly with soapy water, paying particular attention to any dirt that may get in your way when applying your touch-up paint. Next, wet your fine-grit sandpaper and carefully sand the edges of the scratch, making sure to keep your sandpaper wet. Dry the area thoroughly and leave it to sit until it dries completely.
Shake the bottle of touch-up paint properly then brush on a light coat of paint to the damaged area. Once each coat dries, apply another thin layer until the damaged area is even with the paint around it. Allow the paint to dry completely before applying rubbing compound and, finally, a coat of wax to protect your finish.
Your Saturn gets you where you need to go so that you can keep aiming for the sky. Repay its hard work by keeping it in top shape. Get the best paint products from ERA Paints and follow our tips and tricks for an excellent finish on your Saturn.