GM code WA8523 - black
This black automotive paint color is most commonly known as simply 'Black'. The color formulation has been used between 1985 and 1986, primarily by Oldsmobile; but also by Pontiac, GM, Buick, and Chevrolet. See the full detailed list below.

GM paint manufacturing codes come in two forms, the short 1 to 3 digit model/year code which changes frequently; and beginning in the 1960's a longer 4 digit code which starts with the letters "WA" or "WE". Sometimes called "Fisher Paint codes"; codes beginning with WA are production paints, WE are commercial or special order paints with codes typically starting with '5' (i.e. WE5xxx).

Variations of the exterior paint code WA8523, which may appear on body data tags include: 8523, U8523, and L8523 (the prefix U for upper body, or L for lower body). Location of the GM paint code plate (Service Parts Identification tag) varies depending on the year and model of the vehicle common places are on the top or near the top of the back engine compartment shroud panel just behind the steering wheel, hinge pillar of the driver's side door, trunk or rear hatch, side of door, glove compartment, or behind the driver's seat. Check for either the short year/make/model paint code or the longer manufacturing (Fisher) paint code.


Example of the color GM WA8523
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Usage list of GM paint code WA8523 (more information)
yearmakemodelcodepaint namecomment
1985BuickBuick17Blackmetallic color
1985GM17Blackmetallic color, base and clearcoat
1985OldsmobileOldsmobile17Blackmetallic color
1985PontiacPontiac17Blackmetallic color
1986BuickBuick17Blackmetallic color, base and clearcoat
1986ChevroletChevrolet17Blackmetallic color, base and clearcoat
1986GM17Blackmetallic color, base and clearcoat
1986OldsmobileOldsmobile17Blackmetallic color, base and clearcoat
1986PontiacPontiac17Blackmetallic color, base and clearcoat

Paint Manufacturer Codes
GM(Fisher code) : WA8523
Make/Year Code : 17
PPG/Ditzler : 3752
Dupont : B8537
Sherwin Williams : 34421
RM/BASF : 15007
Glasurit : GM-8523

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