Where is my paint Code?

Paint Code Location:   It changes per vehicle.   “Click and Call” Chris and he will help you locate it.

For the umpteenth time you’ve taken your car to the store and like several times before it has acquired a new ding or a scratch. This time some paint was removed, exposing your finish to the elements and making your car look less than desirable. You need a professional to restore your vehicle’s appearance and prevent rust!  Fortunately Chris is your local touch-up and rust prevention expert!  217-638-2543

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

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.

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 or inside the drivers door jam. Write down that number or take a photo with your cell phone camera (check the photo before leaving the vehicle, to make sure you can read all 17-digits) 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.


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 pearl stone metallic found on some Jeep models.

Do it yourself paint touch-up is extremely discouraged, you can devalue your vehicle fast and cause extreme damage.