How to Get a Perfect Paint Match for Your Vehicle

spot paint for cars

Scratches, nicks, and dings on your car are a fact of life. At some point, despite your best efforts, your paint job will take a hit. When this happens, you have two options. Patch the paint yourself or take it to the pros.

You will be more successful in your attempt if it’s a very small area that is damaged. You can pick up some spot paint for cars from your local auto repair supply shop and apply it with the appropriate techniques. Larger areas, such as a quarter panel or more, are more difficult to match well. It’s best to let the pros handle that kind of damage.

Do I Need A Professional Body Shop To Color Match

It is possible to color match your auto’s paint job without a professional body shop. You do this by finding your vehicle’s color code. Depending upon the make and model of your car, this could be in one of several places. For example, here are different locations for a few vehicles makes:

  • Acura/Honda: There is a color ID plate on the driver’s door jamb.
  • Audi: It is written on a paper tag in the spare tire well.
  • Mercedes: The color ID is located by the radiator.
  • Subaru: It can be in different spots, but is most commonly under the hood by the strut towers.
  • Ford: It is usually on the driver’s door jamb with the words, “Exterior Paint Code.”
  • Mitsubishi: It can be under the hood or on the driver’s door jamb.

If you can’t find the paint code, you will need to search online by make, model, and year of car. There are several helpful websites that deal with general car maintenance, such as how to jump start a car or how to change a tire, that can tell you where to find your color code.

In addition to the color code, you will need your car’s VIN, or vehicle identification number. The VIN tells you which paint formula variance was used for your car. You can find the VIN at the front of the dashboard on the driver’s side of the car. It’s best to look through the windshield to see it. You can also find it if you open the driver’s side door and look at the doorpost. 

Once you find your VIN, enter it into a VIN decoder to learn more about your paint variance. This is also a good way to find other car parts that you may need.

Where Can I Find My Color Match For My Car

With the color code and paint variance information, you are ready to match your color to one of the commercially available auto paint brands. Most manufacturers offer charts online that match your information to their products. Typically, you can purchase the paint in different quantities, such as small touch-up cans, aerosol spray cans, and pints and quarts. 

With these tips, you should be able to match your vehicle’s paint job. Always ask the pros for help if you have any questions.