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Can I Find My Car Colour by Reg?

If your car needs a paintwork repair, you may need to locate the colour code of your car. While some might consider black to be a universal colour, each manufacturer has specific paint codes. Even if two colours look the same, car manufacturers make many different paint colours each year, so you need to know the exact colour code for your vehicle.

How to Find the Colour of your Car

It all comes down to the colour code. This correlates with a specific paint formula and name. There are several ways to locate your paint code within the vehicle. Including inside the driver’s door frame, under the bonnet, in the glove box and in the spare wheel well. There are various points where your car’s colour code is listed, but the image below shows the most common locations.

Diagram of how to find cars colour paint code

There are also a few online guides that will tell you the location of your colour code. This guide from Car Colour Services, or your car handbook may be able to help.

It gets more difficult with classic cars, but it’s not impossible. The number of places where the code can be found is greater and varies according to the year of manufacture. Often the code will be somewhere in the engine bay.

Registration Number

There is currently no online tool that identifies the car’s paint code from the registration (REG) number. However, if you contact your local dealership, they should be able to provide the colour code from your registration and car details.

Owner’s Manual

Your car’s paint colour code should also be in your owner’s manual and service history booklet.

ChipsAway Colour Match Technology

With a ChipsAway repair, you don’t need to worry about finding your car’s paint code. This is because ChipsAway specialists can quickly locate the manufacturer’s colour code and then use the latest technology and something called a spectrophotometer to scan the paint for the specific tone. ChipsAway specialists then replicate the paint colour with their specialist range of tints. As many as 7 tints can go into the mix to create the perfect colour.

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What Type of Paint is Used on Cars?

To help the paint adhere to the metal, cars are first sprayed with a primer. The paint is then applied, followed by lacquer to create the best finish.

EU legislation was introduced in 2014 affecting the supply and application of automotive paint products. This limits VOC emissions, which potentially damage the environment. Acknowledging this legislation, ChipsAway developed AquaClear. This allows the highest quality paintwork repairs to be carried out safely and legally. We can do this within both mobile and Car Care Centre environments. AquaClear retains the use of much safer non-Isocyanate materials.

Our Favourite Car Colour Names

In the course of researching this post, we came across several inventive colour names, but these ones stood out:

  • Panther black (Ford)
  • Willow catkin (Hyundai)
  • Silky beige (Hyundai)
  • Nightfall blue (Lotus)
  • Strawberry red (Nissan)
  • Aromatic aqua (Suzuki)
  • Prosecco (Porsche)

So, if you need a paintwork repair, contact your local ChipsAway specialist today for a free no-obligation estimate, and leave the colour code search party to us.

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