On this page you will find the information needed to buy the right paint product(s) to touch up your 2001 Toyota Highlander.
Every Toyota comes with a color code that matches the year and model of the vehicle. This
is a unique code to Toyota.
This is not a situation where you can presume your Highlander is black, silver, white, etc., and find some black, silver, or white paint. You do not want to risk touching up your paint with a close color. It needs to be the exact color. Toyota and other car manufacturers publish a specific code so that paint manufacturers can custom make the right color for you.
This is manufacturer specific as there is not yet a uniform industry coding system.
To get the exact color match touch up paint for your 2001 Toyota Highlander you need the color code for your 2001 Toyota Highlander.
Your color code is not your VIN or Vehicle Identification Number. It is typically not printed in your Toyota owner's manual.
If you already have your Toyota Highlander paint code you can proceed to Step 2.
Otherwise, if you need help knowing where to look for your Toyota paint color code check this link:
The size of touchup needed for your Toyota will determine how much touch up paint you need to buy. You have several options:
Touch Up Paint Pens - Paint pens are useful for smaller touch up work, and when you need to apply paint to a hard to reach place.
Paint Bottles - This is your basic product with a bottle of paint sufficient to cover most paint jobs with extra supply on hand whenever you need it.
Paint Spray - For larger jobs you will want to use spray paint to quickly cover a larger area.
After knowing how much paint to get there are related product needed to make sure your repair job makes your Highlander look like new.
Primer is needed if you are down to the metal. First you apply primer and then apply your touch up paint. The primer will help ensure that your paint sticks to your car.
Clearcoat is a third layer applied after your paint (basecoat). Using clearcoat is very important to give your touch up paint a glossy effect. This is needed blend the repair with the surrounding paint and give the area the shine associated with the original Toyota paint.
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, which is not the same as Toyota. For auto supplies
OEM refers to original part or paint specifications. Sellers like Toyota have massive supply
chains providing tires, lights, batteries, and innumerable other products that go into making the car. Toyota
develops specifications but obviously does not manufacture all of this itself.
Microfinish is one of the few certified OEM auto paint providers.
This is the company to buy from because it is the original source of paint and the company can offer a unique guarantee about matching the paint color of you Toyota Highlander.
This is the company your body shop or repair business is likely getting OEM paint from when fixing your car.
Microfinish will custom prepare your paint for you. This is important because it means your paint has not been sitting in a bottle, under whatever label, on a shelf for who knows how long and potentially separating into base components. You do not want that. You want freshly mixed paint.
Take Care of Rust Before Painting
If rust has developed it needs to be eliminated before you paint if you want your paint to properly adhere to your Toyota and to have a completely smooth surface.
To get rid of any rust in the region to be painted on your Highlander, use sandpaper or a wire brush. If you use sandpaper it should preferably be 180 grit. If the sandpaper itself causes any scratches on your Toyota do not worry. Use 320 grit sandpaper to remove them.
You can also use a rust converter and apply it to the rusted area on your 2001 Toyota Highlander Touch Up Paint. This converts the rust into a protective layer that can then be painted over.
Prepare Your 2001 Toyota Highlander Touch Up Paint Before Using Touch Up Paint
You want clean, dirt free, and a clear working area before using any touch up paint.
Check the temperature. It should be at least 50 degrees. If it is colder move the car into your garage.
Clean the paint area on your Toyota Highlander with a clean cloth. Have a bucket of soap and water to remove any material such as dirt you do not want to see embedded in your Toyota paint.
For any difficult residue use a wax and grease remover.
If you use painters tape around the area to be painted on your Highlander this will help protect the surrounding paint from your repair work.
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