Mercedes-Benz Paint Codes

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Jessie Devine
Updated on Apr 11, 2022 · 3 min read
The paint code for your
can be found in a few places. It will be on the driver’s side door jamb, on the radiator support bar, or on the underside of the hood. You can also lookup the paint code using your car’s VIN. Oh no—your spotless Mercedes has a scratch. You can take it in for an expensive fix, or you can do a touch-up at home in your garage. If you opt for the latter, of course, you’ll want the paint to be an exact match, right? That’s why you need to find your paint code.
The paint code is a specific number that identifies your car’s exact paint shade. To find it,
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Where can I find my Mercedes-Benz paint code?

There are three Mercedes paint code locations. You will find the code on the driver’s side door jamb, on the radiator crossover, or on the underside of the hood.
Older Mercedes paint codes are three digits preceded with DB, such as DB-197. Newer Mercedes paint codes drop the letters, so you’ll be looking for a three-digit number on its own.

What if there’s no paint code on the car’s label?

If for some reason the paint code isn’t where it’s supposed to be, you can use your Mercedes-Benz’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to look it up. If you’re not sure what or where the VIN is, look for a string of 17 numbers and letters.
Here’s where you can find the VIN for your Mercedes:
  • On the driver’s side, on either the doorjamb or the dash, there will be a sticker with the VIN. You may also find it under the hood.
  • If you can’t read the VIN or don’t want to go look for it, you can also find it on your car’s title.
After you find the VIN, call a Mercedes-Benz dealership. They will be able to use the VIN number to look up your Mercedes-Benz paint code.

Where can I get paint for my Mercedes-Benz?

Once you’ve found your paint code, you can order paint! You can either call your Mercedes dealer to ask about ordering touch-up paint, or you can look at online shops like
Paint Scratch
If the blemish is very small, ask about a paint pen or a small paint pack instead of paying for a whole can.

Paint touch-up tips

Once you receive your paint, it’s time to do the touch-up. To make sure your DIY paint job goes smoothly, here are some tips.
  • Wash the area you want to paint with soap and warm water
  • If the area is rusty, use fine sandpaper or a wire brush to eliminate it
  • If there is any bare metal or bare plastic showing, you should first prime that area and let it dry overnight. Once it’s dry, you should sand it down until it’s even.
  • Now you get to use that paint you ordered! Apply the touch-up paint to the area until it matches the rest of the car. You’ll need several coats, and you should let them each dry at least 20 minutes before adding another. Let thelast layer dry overnight.
  • The next day, add a clear protective coat. Apply several layers, and allow to dry overnight.
  • After three days, buff the area with a rubbing compound to make it shine!

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There is a unique code for every paint color created by Mercedes (and other car manufacturers). You can find it on a label on the driver’s side door jamb, on the radiator crossover, or under the hood.
If you can’t find it there, look it up by using the VIN and calling a dealership.
Definitely! It’s easy to do a DIY paint touch-up. All you need is the paint code to order the matching color and a clear coat. If you want a new color on your entire vehicle, you can try a vinyl car wrap or hire a pro to do a full-body paint job.

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