Once upon a time, shops had to jump through a few hoops if they wanted an OEM color code for vehicle paint. Either they had to contact a paint vendor or roll the dice on any number of online resources, with no OEM affiliation, that frequently were fraught with misinformation.
These issues are now a thing of the past. A new, improved paint code tool is available at www.genuinegmparts.com. For the first time ever, shops and consumers have access to a comprehensive and up-to-date list of GM exterior paint codes, fully supported by GM.
Finding a code is easy:
1. Go to www.genuinegmparts.com.
2. From the Collision category, select Touch-up Paint.
3. Open the Search for Touch-Up Paint menu. Using a series of drop-down menus, enter the vehicle year, make and model and the paint color name.
4. Push the Search button.
In seconds, the paint code displays. The Touch-up Paint tool maintains codes going all the way back to 1982 for GM vehicle lines including Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, HUMMER, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Saturn. Since comprehensive color matching sometimes goes beyond obtaining a single paint code, www.genuinegmparts.com also offers additional finishing resources.
Placed directly under the code search tool are downloadable GM Color Compatibility Guides to help search other vehicle-specific exterior, interior, and accent color codes. The compatibility guides date back through 2003 production lines and feature a complete listing of GM vehicles with their exterior codes matched to the codes of accents / accessories, wheels, underhoods and interiors.
In the past, locating vital information like that often required multiple phone calls, long wait times and/or extensive internet searches — along with some guesswork. Today, for GM vehicles, it’s convenient, free and all just a mouse click away.