GM code WA8979 - red
This red automotive paint color is most commonly known as Medium Garnet Red. Other common color promotional names include Maroon and Medium Red. The color formulation has been used between 1988 and 1998, primarily by Chevrolet; but also by Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, GM, and Buick. We have records of this color appearing on the following models: Eldorado, Seville, Deville, Lumina, Beretta, Corsica, Fleetwood, Caprice, Firebird, Venture, Monte Carlo, Malibu, Chevy Truck, and Brougham. 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 WA8979, which may appear on body data tags include: 8979, U8979, and L8979 (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 WA8979
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Usage list of GM paint code WA8979 (more information)
yearmakemodelcodepaint namecomment
1988BuickBuick72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1988CadillacCadillac72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1988ChevroletChevrolet72Maroonclearcoat, Corsica Beretta
1988GM72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1988OldsmobileOldsmobile72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1989BuickBuick72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1989CadillacCadillac72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1989ChevroletChevrolet72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1989GM72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1989OldsmobileOldsmobile72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1989PontiacPontiac72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1990BuickBuick72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1990CadillacCadillac72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1990ChevroletChevrolet72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1990GM72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1990OldsmobileOldsmobile72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1990PontiacPontiac72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1991BuickBuick72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1991CadillacCadillac72Medium Garnet Redmetallic, Deville Eldorado Seville
1991CadillacDeville72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1991CadillacEldorado72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1991CadillacSeville72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1991ChevroletBeretta72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1991ChevroletChevrolet72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1991ChevroletCorsica72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1991ChevroletLumina72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat, sedan, van
1991GM72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1991OldsmobileOldsmobile72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1991PontiacPontiac72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1992BuickBuick72Medium Garnet Red
1992CadillacCadillac72Medium Garnet Redmetallic, Deville Eldorado Seville
1992CadillacDeville72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1992CadillacEldorado72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1992CadillacSeville72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1992ChevroletBeretta72Medium Garnet Red
1992ChevroletChevrolet72Medium Garnet Red
1992ChevroletCorsica72Medium Garnet Red
1992ChevroletLumina72Medium Garnet Redsedan, van
1992GM72Medium Garnet Red
1992OldsmobileOldsmobile72Medium Garnet Red
1992PontiacPontiac72Medium Garnet Red
1993BuickBuick72Medium Garnet Red
1993CadillacBrougham72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1993CadillacCadillac72Medium Garnet Redmetallic, Brougham Deville Fleetwood Eldorado Seville
1993CadillacDeville72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1993CadillacEldorado72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1993CadillacFleetwood72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1993CadillacSeville72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1993ChevroletBeretta72Medium Garnet Red
1993ChevroletCaprice72Medium Garnet Redsedan, wagon
1993ChevroletChevrolet72Medium Garnet Red
1993ChevroletCorsica72Medium Garnet Red
1993ChevroletLumina72Medium Garnet Redsedan, van
1993GM72Medium Garnet Red
1993OldsmobileOldsmobile72Medium Garnet Red
1993PontiacPontiac72Medium Garnet Red
1994BuickBuick72Medium Garnet Red
1994CadillacCadillac72Medium Garnet Redmetallic, Eldorado Fleetwood Seville
1994CadillacEldorado72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1994CadillacFleetwood72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1994CadillacSeville72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1994ChevroletBeretta72Medium Garnet Red
1994ChevroletCaprice72Medium Garnet Red
1994ChevroletChevrolet72Medium Garnet Red
1994ChevroletCorsica72Medium Garnet Red
1994ChevroletLumina72Medium Garnet Redsedan, van
1994GM72Medium Garnet Red
1994OldsmobileOldsmobile72Medium Garnet Red
1994PontiacFirebird72Medium Red
1994PontiacPontiac72Medium Garnet Red
1995BuickBuick72Medium Garnet Red
1995CadillacCadillac72Medium Garnet Redmetallic, Deville Eldorado Fleetwood Seville
1995CadillacDeville72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1995CadillacEldorado72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1995CadillacFleetwood72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1995CadillacSeville72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1995ChevroletCaprice72Medium Garnet Red
1995ChevroletChevrolet72Medium Garnet Red
1995ChevroletLumina72Medium Garnet Redsedan, van
1995ChevroletMonte Carlo72Medium Garnet Red
1995GM72Medium Garnet Red
1995OldsmobileOldsmobile72Medium Garnet Red
1995PontiacFirebird72Medium Red
1995PontiacPontiac72Medium Garnet Red
1996BuickBuick72Medium Garnet Red
1996CadillacCadillac72Medium Garnet Redmetallic, Deville Eldorado Fleetwood Seville
1996CadillacDeville72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1996CadillacEldorado72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1996CadillacFleetwood72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1996CadillacSeville72Medium Garnet Redmetallic
1996ChevroletCaprice72Medium Garnet Red
1996ChevroletChevrolet72Medium Garnet Red
1996ChevroletVenture72Medium Garnet Red
1996GM72Medium Garnet Red
1996OldsmobileOldsmobile72Medium Garnet Red
1996PontiacPontiac72Medium Garnet Red
1997BuickBuick72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1997GM72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1997OldsmobileOldsmobile72Medium Garnet Redclearcoat
1998BuickBuick72Medium Garnet RedSkylark
1998ChevroletChevrolet72Medium Garnet RedMalibu
1998ChevroletChevy Truck72Medium Garnet Red
1998ChevroletMalibu72Medium Garnet Red
1998GM72Medium Garnet Red
1998OldsmobileOldsmobile72Medium Garnet RedAchieva, Cutlass
1998PontiacPontiac72Medium Garnet RedGrand Am

Paint Manufacturer Codes
GM(Fisher code) : WA8979
Make/Year Code : 72
PPG/Ditzler : 3986
Dupont : B8713
Sherwin Williams : 35894
RM/BASF : 17021
Glasurit : GM-8979

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