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Finding your Ford paint codes is surprisingly easy. Here’s how to do it.
Each Ford usually comes with two characters, numbers or letters, printed onto a label on the driver’s side door or door jamb. These are your Ford’s paint code. So, all you have to do is:
However, for pre-70’s Fords like the Talladega, finding the paint code may prove to be a challenge. This is because different paints from that period came with the same name. For instance, the shade of Candy Apple Red used by Ford in 1966 could have been completely different from a shade of the same name in 1967 and could have had a different color code.
While the color code format is actually the two letters followed by a backslash and more characters, it is usually shortened to just the two characters. Which makes things pretty simple, huh?
Where is your Ford paint code on the vin tag?
For example, your Dark Shadow Gray Metallic 2010 Ford F-150 would have a color code of CX.
The color plate also usually has the letters EXT PNT imprinted on it above the color code. You may already know what this means but, in case you don’t, it means Exterior Paint. So if you see this, it shouldn’t worry you. It just means that this code is for your exterior paint. Sometimes, though, the color code may be printed elsewhere on the plate.
A step by step video to assist in finding your Ford paint code
For two tone combinations, it may be difficult to tell the color code without a color book since, just as the name implies, two different colors are involved. The second color code may not be on the tag which may make it difficult to find an ideal color match. This is especially true for Fords, which often have two tone combinations but generally don’t have a dual code system.
Ford may sometimes use the same shade of paint across different makes. The color codes may change even though the color may not. This is why the color code is so important to know. You may have the same shade but a different code.
Here’s how to repair paint chips or scratches on any Ford. Whether it’s a beige metallic Ford Expedition or a brand new Ford Focus that got dinged coming out of the dealership, you could have that flawless factory finish again.
Fixing up your Ford’s paint is as easy as painting with Bob Ross. All you need is a few tools, a little instruction and, a vision in your mind. You’ll provide the vision while these repair directions will give you the instruction and tell you what tools you’ll need. Here’s how:
Ensure that the temperature outside is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit then clean the part that needs to be repaired with soap and water. Also, ring the damaged area with masking tape to protect the parts that you aren’t repairing.
Sand down any rusted areas with your 220 grit sand paper or a wire brush then cover the area in rust converter.
Apply primer to the unpainted region and let each coat dry. Once the coats are dry, sand them with #220 grit sandpaper then #600 wet and dry sandpaper.
Layer the paint thinly till it matches the area around it and let each coat dry before applying another.
Only do this if the Ford Touch Up Paint is dry
Do this at least three days after applying the clear coat and use a clean, soft cloth and circular motions.
Remember that, for the primer, touch up paint and clearcoat, moderation is key. Apply thin coats and let them dry, preferably overnight. Also, give them more time if the temperature is below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you have any questions, check out our FAQ’S and instructional videos on YouTube or call us and let our friendly customer service representatives guide you through the process.
What paint products should you buy for your Ford touch up paint?
Picking the right paint repair product is an important part of the repair process. Making the right choice depends entirely on the extent of the damage and what you plan to do. Here are the three most common choices:
Types of Ford Touch Up Paint
Now that you know your choices, let’s get to the hard truths of each option.
Paint pens are a solid choice but they come with a lot of disadvantages. They generally do not provide as great a match to OEM paints as other touch up paints. They also don’t provide the same quality of work and only work on small areas.
Spray paints and paint bottles, on the other hand, provide more even coats and work on larger areas. For instance, if you were repairing an entire panel of your car. While we would recommend these two alternatives over paint pens, it all comes down to you, how much paint you need and what you need to do with it. At ERA paints, all we want is for you to find a product that fits your needs and delivers quality.
What to buy for your Ford touch up paint: All the supplies you’ll need.
Figuring out the supplies that you need for a DIY job can be as hard as trying to pack for a trip. That’s where we come in. We can’t tell you whether you’ll need those dress shoes or snake-print boots but we sure can tell you what supplies you’ll need for your repairs so that you can plan accordingly.
Here’s what you’ll need for your DIY Ford touch up:
- Soap and water
- Masking tape
- #220 grit sand paper or a wire brush
- Rust converter
- #600 wet and dry sand paper
- OEM matched touchup paint
- Rubbing compound
- A clean, soft cloth
- Automotive wax for a great finish (optional)
If I don’t fix the scratch or dent on my Ford, will it cause long-term damage to my car?
In the grand scheme of things, a scratch may seem like too small an issue to worry about, or even just a minor inconvenience. It isn’t. A scratch is, to your car, what a scrape is to you. It may look small and manageable but it has the potential to cause a lot of damage if ignored.
A scratch leaves the metal of your car exposed to the elements and, therefore, vulnerable to corrosion. That’s why you can find a lot of cars rusted over in a junkyard. Their protective coating is gone.
Damage also reduces the appeal of your vehicle and this lowers its overall value. So the answer is yes, scratches or dents may cause long-term damage to your car and this is why touchup paint is so important. It keeps your car looking great and safe from damage caused by corrosion.
Which car color hides dirt best?
What are the chances you were thinking that a black car would probably hide dirt best? Probably high. It makes sense that the darker the color, the less likely you are to see the dirt. In truth, however, it isn’t a matter of dark or light but a question of contrast. What color contrasts with the dirt the least?
Black and white both contrast heavily with dirt and this actually draws your attention to the dirt. In order to hide it, you need a color that doesn’t contrast as heavily. This is likely a color that is in the spectrum between black and white. Something in the grey area is best but any color will probably work better than the two I’ve mentioned.
The best colors for hiding dirt, however, are silver and pewter. These colors will keep dirt on your car from being seen, at least until you’re ready for a trip to the carwash.
Ford Touch Up Paint Conclusion
You bought your Ford because you wanted to go places, to do things and, to make memories. It will be part of these memories. Don’t you want to look back on it fondly? Knowing that you took as much care of it as it did of you?