If you have a scratch on your car, truck, or vehicle then you know the pain of needing to look up paint codes. You have to go to your vehicle, and, if you get lucky, it is in the first place you look. However, it probably will not be and that will leave you looking around everywhere to find it. You could try another route and go look on the internet. It is a little easier, but you still have to write down the paint code. If you miss type or mess up the wrong letter or number then you could end up with a paint that does not match. You could copy and paste, but if you need to copy and paste a website in, then you lose the information you just copied. You could put it into a notepad on the computer, or other text editors, but you still have to tab over. Paint codes are a big hassle any way you slice them.
The best thing to do is to avoid having to write down paint codes in the first place. The only time this does not work is if you are intentionally trying to switch colors of your vehicle to custom colors. However, if you are just repairing some damage such as a scratch, then a paint code is probably what you need to find the right paint. But, you run into the problems we talked about above. Finding the right paint for your vehicle, unless you are getting custom paint, would be much easier if you could forget the paint code and get the paint by itself.
Why was the paint code originally made? The paint code was made to make things easier. The best way to do this was to classify paints by a number. Remember the Dewey Decimal system? It was sort of like that, except with books. We have computers and databases now, so those systems are still in use, but they are not as useful as they used to be in the past. Computers do most of the work for us, and we are glad to have the help. Unfortunately, the auto industry has only somewhat caught with the times. Computers are used to give you the codes when, honestly, things could be done so much better as shown by the libraries implementation of newer systems that still include the Dewey Decimal system.
The question to ask is why we need a paint code at all anymore since we have databases and we can query those databases based on around parameters we give the system. Ideally, the system would just spit out the paint we needed instead of giving us a code and an extra step in the system. Fortunately, that is exactly what we have built here at TrunkMonkeyparts.com. If you own a GM made vehicle (anything made by Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, GMC, Saturn, Pontiac, Hummer, or Chevrolet) then we can give your paint without asking you for a paint code. All you have to do is use the Icons on the following page to select your model, year, and make.