Ford exterior paint Code

Location of Ford Paint Code

Ford makes it fairly easy to find the color code. It is always on the drivers door jamb.

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Pre 1970 Fords can be problematic though. Ford was calling different paint colors the exact same name so a Ocean Blue in 1966 was completely different from an Ocean Blue in 1967. Different color code too.

The typical color code format is:

PM/M6599

In our example plate above, the code is PM which corresponds to our:
Bright Calypso Metallic Clearcoat PM/M6599.

However, you will rarely ever see the M6599 part. You will typically just see PM. The color plate above shows Exterior Paint Colors but often the color plate will show EX PT (for Exterior Paint, but I bet you knew this already??) and then above or below this, you will see the color code. To make matters just a tad confusing, sometimes the actual color is embossed on the plate right in the middle and not where one would expect it.

We get lots of emails from customers thinking their color code is LX3 which would make sense given the location!

PM Bright Calypso Metallic Clearcoat.

Two Tone Combination
Ford has many two tone combinations for some cars. Two tones are two different colors on your car. Ford did not do a great job with two tone color coding and often the secondary color information is just missing so this makes it impossible to know without borrowing a color book from us what colors you actually have.

Same Color Code, Different Name
Ford, like all manufacturers, uses the exact same color across many models and then will have a different color name for each model. It's the same paint! This is why the color code is so important to order the correct paint.

For example, PM/M6599 above we call Bright Calypso Metallic Clearcoat It could also be called Bright Green Clearcoat, Speed Green Clearcoat, etc. depending on what the marketing department decided to call it.
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