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Where can I find my paint code?

You can fix that scratch yourself with the right paint code.

Where can I find my paint code?

Deciding to touch up the chips or scratches on your car yourself? Where is your car paint code? Not all cars paint codes are located in the same place. Most cars information is located on the vehicle placard. Your car color may look white, but without the right code you can easily apply the wrong shade, making the finish of your car worse not better.

Let’s take a look at how you can determine the correct color code for your car:

FIRST, Open the driver’s door — Like other information placarded on your vehicle, paint code information is typically found inside the driver’s door on the door jamb or the inside of the door. Two types of paint codes are listed — one is for the exterior paint, the other is for the cabin or interior color. One code may say “paint” the other “trim.” Jot down the paint code and call your dealer’s service department to have them decode this for you.


Other places you may look for your vehicles information placarded are; under the hood, inside the glove box, in the trunk, inside the passenger door, or in or around the engine compartment.


Check the owner’s manual — If you can’t find the paint code, check your car owner’s manual as that book may identify where the paint code placards have been placed. Other places to look include each door jamb and under the top of your car’s hood.

Jot down your VIN — Every passenger vehicle has a vehicle identification number, a unique to your car 17-digit serial number. With pen and paper in hand locate your VIN, something that can typically found on the left side of the dashboard and viewed through the windshield. Write down that number, contact your dealer’s service department and ask them for the color code based on your vehicle. Then, ask your dealer to supply you with the precise name for that paint so that you can purchase it. Car dealers, collision repair shops and automotive parts stores are among the retailers selling car paints.

Things to consider when searching for your paint code; 

Be careful when using the Internet to decode your car number. There are a handful of websites that match paint color codes with paint names, but that information may not be correct. I had to check my color code number twice when I realized that PV1 was actually PW1 representing stone white, not the light pearlstone metallic found on some Jeep models.

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