Ford code M5681 M5681A - red
This red automotive paint color is most commonly known as Candy Apple Red. Another common paint color promotional name is Candyapple Red. The color formulation has been used between 1980 and 1998, primarily by Ford; but also by Lincoln and Mercury. We have records of this color appearing on the following models: Ford Truck, MarkV, Bronco, and Thunderbird. See the full detailed list below.

Ford paint manufacturing codes come in two forms, the short 1 to 3 digit model/year code which changes frequently and the longer 4 digit code which starts with the letters "M", "WT", or "MX70x". M are production paints, WT and MX are commercial or special order. These longer codes don't change over the years for a particular paint formulation; therefore, it is the best code to track the usage of Ford paint. Ford production paint codes starting with M are usually followed by a 4 digit number and the letter "A" indicating its an exterior paint. The same code ending in the letter "G" is common for interior paints. For Ford, this longer 4 digit paint code is often not found printed anywhere on the vehicle. Many times it is coded on the factory build sheet which may have stayed with the vehicle after production and is sometimes found under the interior carpet or rear seat. Factory repaint or special order paints may have the 4 digit paint code hand written on the radiator shroud with a wax pen.


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Usage list of Ford paint code M5681 (more information)
yearmakemodelcodepaint namecomment
1980Ford2KCandy Apple Red
1980FordBronco2KCandy Apple Red
1980FordFord Truck2KCandy Apple Red
1980FordThunderbird2KCandy Apple Red
1980LincolnMarkV2KCandy Apple Red
1980MercuryMercury2KCandy Apple Red
1981Ford2KCandy Apple Red
1981FordBronco2KCandyapple Red
1981FordFord Truck2KCandy Apple Red
1981MercuryMercury2KCandy Apple Red
1982Ford2KCandy Apple Red
1982FordFord Truck2KCandy Apple Red
1982LincolnLincoln2KCandy Apple Red
1982LincolnMarkV2KCandy Apple Red
1983FordFord Truck2KCandy Apple Red
1984FordFord Truck2KCandy Apple Red
1987FordFord Truck2KCandy Apple Red
1988FordFord Truck2KCandy Apple Red
1989FordFord Truck2KCandy Apple Red
1990FordFord TruckEUCandy Apple Redmedium heavy duty truck
1991FordFord TruckEUCandy Apple Redmedium heavy duty truck
1992FordFord TruckEUCandy Apple Redmedium heavy duty truck
1993FordFord TruckEUCandy Apple Redmedium heavy duty truck
1994FordFord TruckEU,2KCandy Apple Red
1995FordFord TruckEUCandy Apple RedMedium/Heavy Duty Truck
1997FordFord TruckEU,2KCandy Apple Red
1998FordEU,2KCandy Apple Red

Paint Manufacturer Codes
Ford : M5681
Make/Year Code : 2K, EU
PPG/Ditzler : 3279
Dupont : C8053
Sherwin Williams : 30538
RM/BASF : 11443
Glasurit : FDU-5681

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