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Paint Pens - Finding MINI OEM Paint Color & Frequently Asked Questions

Tupp paint pen
where to find paint name for your MINI
The paint name is found on a sticker on the right passenger's side
near radiator under hood on most MINI vehicles.

Q. How do I find my MINI Cooper Paint Name?
A. MINI has made paint color matching easy by using the name of the paint color as the "code". This OEM paint name is easily found under the hood. The paint color name label is located adjacent to the headlight washer reservoir filler on the right shock tower (see picture above.) Click Here for a full list of Paint Pen Colors available by vehicle model and year.

Q. How can I obtain the best results with my Paint Pen?
A. Always start with a clean car. Paint will not stick to dirt or wax. If you are washing your car yourself, use a natural sponge or chamois for best results. Make sure the car is dry. Wipe the area you are going to touch up with a cotton swab dampened with alcohol.

Q. Why does paint sometimes flow out of the sides of the Paint Pen when I depress the tip?
A. This may happen if you press the tip too hard on a surface. Remove excess from the side with a shop towel or paper towel.

Q. Does the temperature make a difference when I touch up my car?
A. Yes. Never touch up your car in the direct sunlight. The ideal temperatures are between 65 and 80 degrees.

Q. What if I don't like what I've just done?
A. Place a small amount of paint thinner on a cotton swab. Gently wipe it over the area you just touched up. You can shine up any dulled areas later on with a little wax.

Q. How do I get a high gloss finish?
A. Make sure every coat is dry prior to applying another coat of paint. For an even higher gloss, you may purchase one of our clear coat pens from us.

Q. How long before I can wash my car?
A. Wait at least 1 day.

Q. How should I store my Paint Pen?
A. Store the pen on its side and keep it in a cool, dry place. Never keep it in your car.

Q. What is the difference between solid paint, metallic and tri-coats paint?

  • Solids: Solid colors were the first colors to be used on cars, and are still widely used today. They have no metallic or pearl flakes added to the color. Solid colors look the same from any angle.
  • Metallics: Metallic colors contain very fine, sparkling metallic flakes. This makes the paint glitter and sparkle. Metallic colors are very popular in all makes and models today.
  • Tri-Coats or 3 Stage Paints: A tri-coat or 3-stage paint has three different layers: base coat, pearl coat and clear coat. The base coat can be a solid color or a metallic color. The pearl coat is a translucent paint with pearl flakes mixed in. The last coat is the clear coat, which is a shiny see through paint. This is also a protective coat from the sun. Tri-Coats show slight highlights of diverse colors when you look at your car from different angles.

Q. I have a metallic green car. Will the Paint Pen match the color of my car?
A. Metallic and Tri-Coat paints will always look different touched up versus sprayed on. When spraying these paints, the metallic flakes will spread out and lay down differently. If you touch up these paints, the metallic and pearls will look more condensed, since there is no air behind the painting process. Your paint pen color is produced to the manufactures specifications, so the color match will always be consistently good.

Q. What is a Paint Code? Can't I just give you the name of the color?
A. The paint code is a combination of numbers and sometimes letters assigned by the manufacturer of the car. To get the exact paint color for your car, the paint code is necessary to have. Some of today's metallic and pearl colors have multiple variances of the same color. The only difference in the paint code could be a dash and a letter. It is also necessary to have the paint code and not the paint color because the factory may call the color Mint Green Metallic for example, and the actual specification color will be called wintergreen metallic.

Q. What elements can have a negative effect on my paint job?
A. The worst adversary of your car's paint include the following three classes:

  • Rust: The catalysts for rust on your car are water and salt.
  • Sunlight: The sun's UV rays are the lead cause of sun damage to your car.
  • Acid Rain: This means airborne contaminants caused by industrial fall out. These are dissolved in rainfall or in overnight condensation.
  • Natural Hazards: Examples of natural hazards are dead bugs, wet leaves, water from your sprinklers and bird droppings. All of these have elements in them to eat right through your paint job.

Q. How can I protect the finish of my car?
A. There are many things you can do to take care of your car. Below are a few basic things to do.

  • Always park your car in the shade.
  • Do not park your car under or near trees or factories if possible. Sap or industrial fallout can make marks in your paint finish.
  • Avoid driving on gravel roads; this will chip the finish quickly.
  • While at the gas station, be very careful not to spill gasoline or any other fluids that may damage the paints finish.
  • Wash your car at least once per week with a natural sponge and dry with a chamois to avoid scratching the paint.
  • Put a coat of wax on your car at least every 6 months. For best results, always use Carnauba Wax and apply with a cloth diaper or 100% cotton T-Shirt. Either one of these will not scratch your paints surface. Always apply wax in a shady area.
  • Keep your car covered as much as possible, either in a garage or with a MINI Cooper Car Cover.
  • As soon as you see a paint chip or scratch that is through to the primer or metal, address it immediately. Do this by first cleaning the damaged area with a cotton swab dampened with alcohol. Then touch up the area.

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