How to find the paint and interior trim codes on your Ford!
When we sell body parts and interior parts we always recommend to our customers that they match the paint or trim codes off of their vehicle to the codes from our vehicle. You might be surprised just how many color variations were used by Ford. (What I will be telling you also applies to many Lincoln, Mercury and possibly a few other vehicles built by the Ford motor company as well)
Of course you can paint body parts to match your car, but we know it saves you time and money if you can find a replacement part already painted the right color. Here at East Coast we will always make the effort to help our customers get the right part they need and will provide paint and interior trim codes whenever possible.
This is a general guide of where to locate the paint and trim codes for your Ford. We do not have a list of the coinciding names for the colors - but if you are at least able to match the numbers when purchasing a part you will take the guess work out of trying to match colors.
Below I have listed a few examples of Ford cars and trucks we have in inventory. The location of the paint/trim sticker is almost always in the exact same area. It can be found in the driver's door jamb either on the "B" pillar or on the edge of the door itsself with only a few exceptions, both old and new (unless of course we're talking about antiques, I'm not really sure when they started putting them here but it has been this way for a long time... I can honestly say I've never looked for the tag on a vehicle more than 30 years old or so). With the door open the sticker will be in plain sight, you should not need to remove any trim pieces.
If you do not see a sticker here, there is a slight chance it will be found under the hood, but more often than not it means your sticker has either been removed or your vehicle has been re-painted. You can always call up a Ford dealer and give them your VIN, they should be able to tell you your factory paint color code.
Let's look at a few examples, shall we?
First we'll start off with this 1999 Mustang...
Next we'll check out this 2003 F-350:
Now check out this 2001 Explorer:
Think this rusty old beast is too old to have the same type of sticker?
Now you may notice the lack of an interior code on the older tags. Some of them do not have that information as there weren't so many different shades of the same color back then, especially on these old pickups. Grey was grey, tan was tan, etc...
The only main difference that could potentially be a bit confusing on these older tags is that the code is stamped above the word exterior paint rather than next to it like on the newer ones. This truck has a paint code of 51.
Well, that about wraps it up! I hope that this guide has been helpful in helping you find the paint and or trim code on your Ford vehicle. Thank you for reading, and remember if you have any used auto part needs call us up at 1-800-231-9121. Have a great day!
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