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How to Find Out What Your Car Paint Color Is

Worker Painting the Car
There are many reasons why you might need to know the specific paint color for your vehicle. You may want to add a painted door molding trim, or you may have a car with chipped paint and you will need a matching paint color that will not stand out. Finding the right paint color might not be as simple as you think. You not only need blue; you need the exact shade of blue.

Your Car Paint Color Might Not Be What You Think
The most common car paint colors are: black, white, silver, and gray. But there are many different shades of the same color. Even the specific name for a shade of a color is not enough. For example, if your car was painted a festive green, the paint may be altered a year later to make the color more appealing. So the festive green will not match the original version of that color.

A Full Paint Job Is Expensive and Time-Consuming
You need to consider whether you want to keep the original car paint color or choose a new color. Painting your car a different color is a great way to make a used car feel new again. However, it is more expensive to choose a different paint color than it is to just use your original paint color.

Part of the reason why choosing a new color is more expensive is that almost everything has to be removed. For instance, the engine must be taken out so that the car can be painted fully with the new color. It can also take a long time to paint. You may be without your car for as long as a week.

Your Car May Just Need a Touch-Up
Another consideration is whether you need to repaint your vehicle at all. You should definitely repaint your vehicle when damage has lead to bare metal being exposed. This problem can lead to your car rusting and will begin as a cosmetic issue. As the rust progresses, your car may need significant repairs and the rust may even be the death of your car.

Even if the car is not at risk of rusting, you may wish to touch up your paint job if the paint has faded or is scratched. Even minor scratches can make your car no longer look like new. When deciding whether your car is worth it, consider how much your car is worth. It makes little sense to pay more to paint your car than what it's worth.

Detective Work Might Be Required to Find Your Paint Color
Fortunately, you can usually find your exact color code on the door jam on the driver's side. Occasionally, the color is not located there and is instead near the VIN number on the windshield, which is located on the bottom-right section of the driver's side. The VIN number will allow you to locate the manufacturer.

Another place you can find your car color is in your vehicle's service history and in your owner's manual. Your owner's manual may direct you to the location of the sticker located on your car. For some cars, the sticker is in the glove box, trunk or under the hood.

When you have none of the above, you can determine the right paint color based on your car's make, model, and year. Then, you can identify the types of paint colors that were used with that model. However, you can avoid all of this if you simply have the paint touched up by professionals.

Rather than touch-up your car yourself, it is better to turn to the professionals at Coats Auto Body & Paint. We will be able to track down the exact paint and give your car an auto body painting.