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By Patrick Price
Updated on Apr 12, 2022
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff, Staff Editor.
The paint codes for your Mercury are typically located on a label on the driver’s side door jamb. If for any reason the label isn’t there, check the car’s VIN. You can use this ID number to look up the appropriate paint codes online or by calling a dealer.
Dents, dings, and scratches are an unfortunate part of being a car owner. If you’d like to cover them up but don’t want to pay for an entire new paint job, you can do the touch-up yourself as long as you have your vehicle’s paint code.
Mercury paint codes are two-digit codes consisting of numbers and/or letters. They tell you the exact shade of color you’ll need to match your car. If the concept of paint codes is new to you, don’t worry—Jerry, the car insurance super-app, has got your back!
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Where can I find my Mercury’s paint code?
Open your driver’s side door and look for the label on the door jab. It will look a bit different depending on the model and year of your Mercury, but there should always be a barcode visible near the bottom of the label. Below that barcode, you should see either the words “EXTERIOR PAINT” or just “EXT PNT.”
Above or beside the abbreviations will be a two-digit code comprising numbers and/or letters. These two characters are your Mercury’s paint code.
Once you have the code, you can reference this chart to find the exact corresponding color.
What if there’s no paint code on the car’s label?
The code should be on the label. But if for some reason it’s not (or if the label has been removed), you’ll be able to use the car’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to look up the paint code.
Cars manufactured after 1980 all have a 17-digit long VIN identifying the particular attributes of your car. Here’s where you can find the VIN for your Mercury:
- The VIN for a Mercury will be located on top of the dashboard on the driver’s side, along the inside base of the windshield. It will be stamped or engraved on a tag (usually made of plastic or aluminum).
- If the tag is missing or too worn to read, check your Mercury’s title and registration. The VIN should be listed there as well.
Once you have the VIN, you can use it to locate the car’s color codes online. Or, if you prefer, you can call the dealership where it was purchased.
Since Mercury was discontinued in 2011, you might not remember which dealership sold you the car. If this is the case, you can call Ford Motor Company at 1(800)-392-3673 to acquire the code.
Where can I get paint for my Mercury?
You can purchase paint for your Mercury from Automotive Touch-up or directly from Ford’s website, among other places. If you have the paint code, you’ll be able to request the precise color you need from most retailers.
How to perform a paint touch-up
So you’ve discovered your Mercury’s paint code and used it to purchase just the right shade. Now it’s time to restore your Mercury to its former glory!
As you get ready to do your touch-ups, make sure you understand the process:
- Thoroughly wash the area that you’re going to paint beforehand. Use soap and water.
- You’ll need to fix rust spots on your car before painting it since paint cannot adhere to rust.
- Then, just like with painting a house, you’ll want to apply primer and let it dry before you apply the color coat.
- Paint the area that is damaged. You should apply three to four coats of paint to ensure the best results. Remember to give one coat adequate time to dry (about 20 mins) before applying the next.
- Once you’ve got the last coat on, it’s a good idea to seal it with a few clear protective coats over the top.
- Let the new paint sit for about three days. Then buff and wax the area.
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Take a moment to stand back and admire your handiwork. It’s amazing the difference a bit of paint can make!
Sadly, there are some damages that all the wax and paint in the world can’t cover up (especially if you’re in a collision). For those, you’ll need good car insurance, including collision and comprehensive coverage, to help get your Mercury back in tip-top shape.
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What is my Mercury’s paint code?
Your paint code is a two-character code made up of numbers and/or letters. It specifies the exact shade of paint that the manufacturer used for your Mercury.
Can I paint my Mercury?
Yes! If you have the paint code, you’ll be able to purchase the right paint and touch-up spots and scratches yourself! If you’re looking to repaint the entire car, however, you’ll need to hire a professional.