Looking for automotive paint? What's the name of a color? Remembering the first car you ever owned? These questions and more can be explored on PaintRef.com. We do not sell paint, but we do try to help you find the paint codes so that you can order them from a paint company like the ones we have links to on the right.|
You can help us, consider becoming a member. We own original copies of everything on this site. This, plus web server fees, costs a lot. Consider becoming a member for a few dollars a month to support us. You will get access to an additional database and more high resolution paint chips.
What makes our paint database different than all the rest?
(1) We have a method to easily cross-reference the use of a paint formula on different automobile models, years, and paint manufacturers from the 1,357,712
paint codes in our database.
(2) We show the model/year paint code as well as the longer GM/Ford/Chrysler manufacturing paint code
(3) Wherever possible we try to use the model/year promotional paint name which comes from sales brochures which we also have available for viewing (45,141
pages and growing).
(4) We show the corresponding codes of all major manufacturers of paint (OEM and touchup paints, we try to avoid alternative or complete repaint options because they don't match well)
(5) We not only show scanned in paint chip pages (82,490
pages, the largest online paint chip collection anywhere!) but we also link them to the names and codes in in our database (ever try manually searching an online jpg image for a color name? Well, you can do that automatically in our site!)
(6) In many cases we show examples of the paint, even on real cars. If not, check out the Google/Bing/Yahoo image search links for each color listed.
(7) You can also search on generic color shades such as Orange or Red Corvette or 1969 Blue or Chyrsler Green, we even have summary lists which show the use of these color shades on a specific model throughout the years (i.e. Blue Mustang or Orange Camaro or Green Chevy Truck.
Why do we do this? To understand the history of color usage as well as how codes and promotional names for the same paint have changed with time.
For example, did you know that for color choices offered each year on a model, White has been very consistently offered starting in the 1950s until a rise starting in 2006. Black is black but white comes in different shades. Black has been offered as a single choice by most models over the years, but there has been almost 2 times more white offerings each year. Since 2006 the number of offerings of White equal those of Black, and both are on the rise. They have reached the steady number of red offerings and with Blue on the way down; White, Black and Red will compete for second after silver/gray soon.