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.|
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 767,376
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 (34,764
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 (36,098
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.
There are some historic, muscle car, popular oranges, but where have they been used? Hugger Orange from GM started in 1969 on the Camaro, on the Corvette as Monaco Orange, and on the Pontiac as Carousel Red. Its also Northwest Airlines corporate color. Hemi Orange from Chrysler started in 1969 on the Challenger, Charger, and other Mopars. Its also still around today. Competition Orange from Ford started in 1964 as Poppy Red on the Mustang, became Competition Orange in 1970, has been used in 2004 and in 2012, and is also used by Case and American Airlines. Omaha Orange is a bright orange used by most manufacturers for trucks and other fleet vehicles from 1930 to the present.