cross-reference a make & model to a duplicolor paint code?

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cross-reference a make & model to a duplicolor paint code?

  • Hello, friends.

    This one may be a silly question, but I've never paid much attention to trying to factory match paints. I usually just pick one that looks good off the shelf! Never really been a replica stock builder, myself.

    This time, however, I'm working on a replica of a real vehicle and need to figure out what can of duplicolor spray paint to get. I need to match a 1996 Dodge minivan red. Does anyone know of any websites that will tell me the Chrysler paint code, which I could then cross-reference to a duplicolour can at the parts store?

    Any tips or advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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  • will tell you the paint code. As for matching it up with duplicolor your on your own.
  • Thanks boss, I've bookmarked that page.

  • Jeff,

    Do you get your duplicolor from Canadian Tire ? Ours here in Thunder Bay lists the paint by make and colour. The shelf should say Chrysler red and it may even have a couple of different reds.

  • Try this one.

    If you know the factory paint code, you can get the Dupli-color number. Your 1996 Dodge codes will most likely be two letters and a number... PR4, PX8, PB7, or they can be three letters like PGF. At least Mopar stuff has some logic to their codes. The first letter is the primary color (if it is a two-tone) second letter is the basic color...PR4-red, PB7-blue, PW7, white and so on.....OK enough babbling... hope it helps... Wink
  • Good luck finding touch-up paint for a 9 year old vehicle. Most of the auto stores around here only carry the colors for the last 4-5 years or so.

    "In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

  • QUOTE: Originally posted by BigTallDad

    Good luck finding touch-up paint for a 9 year old vehicle. Most of the auto stores around here only carry the colors for the last 4-5 years or so.

    It might be hard to beleive but most manufacturers use the same colors for a long time. But usualy only their most popular colors. Like GM has used 74 Victory Red (bright red) since early 90's. Ford has a bunch of colors like that too. Back when I worked as a body man, I ran into a bunch of weird stuff. I had a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am that I could not match the paint on. My paint supplier brought over their color match camera........turned out that the factory shade of green infact did not match a current GM color code, but a color that was used in 1969 on Camaros & Vettes. I also had the same problem with a white2003 Silverado. Might not realize it but white is a HARD color to match. GM's #50 white has something like 18 color variants. Turned out the color on the truck actually matched a Dodge color PW7 white not GM 50 white. The moral of my story, close is close enough.
  • speaking of victory red, this is the first year in long time that that color is availabe on the Vette. they've had red vettes in the last couple of years, but not the victory red.
  • I have never been convinced by the "factory correct" color approach in factory stock modeling. When I was a railroad modeler, I learned that colors on a model should be lighter than the 1:1 color simply because colors appear darker on a reduced scale model. Most of the time we look at our model in a display in a room, the light is much dimmer than on a real car exposed to bright daylight. I tend to paint my models in bright shades for that reason, it may not be factory correct, but it does the car more justice than a correct, but too dark factory correct color. After all, modeling is a personal interpretation of the reality, even a concours-correct car will look bland to a judge's eyes unless it has something different that makes it special.

    That's why I never paint my cars black!
  • QUOTE: Originally posted by Boss_Hotrod will tell you the paint code. As for matching it up with duplicolor your on your own.

    also if you look close duplica-color has a color matching catalogue for going by vehicles actual paint code if available... cans also are labled by abreviations as to what manufacturer the color was made for or it matches...

    that vehicle is new enough I'd check a auto parts store that has the catalogue and look up the 96 Caravans look at the reds it will give you a few go to the #s and look them up

    or you can use the auto color library printed from color printer walk into store and just look for the closest match...

  • I do auto detailing on !:1 autos. Sometimes a job may require paint touch up for chips. In some situations I have used OEM or aftermarket touch up paint (based on the exact paint code) that is off by a mile. It requires adding other colors to get the color to match. I have talked to body shop owners who relate that they sometimes have to order 3 or 4 different pints of a certain code before the color matches. The problem involves so many variables in todays world of auto paint. That's why the big hi tech shops use a computer scan of the car to mix the paint. So the paint code is not an exact science in every situation.


  • another thing which causes variances many forget about is the primer color under metallics will affect the final color lightness or darkness etc...

    so if trying to do really accurate color matching... a mock up test is often done to get a match

    i.e. on scrap try this for example mask off area and shoot it with flat white as primer, next to that mask off spot shoot it with light gray primer, next to that shoot a dark gray primer, then flat black...

    mark them for reference where each is, then cover the parking with tape to save the location points of where each is than shoot all of the test sheet with the exact same amount of paint at same time

    let dry thoroughly and then take into bright sun light to compare for the paint matching...

    also remember under metallics, metallic silver gold, copper, bronze or even other colors can beused same way to get a good match..