“You can’t trust everything you read on the internet” - Abraham Lincoln
Just as Abraham states you can’t trust everything on the internet that also includes color swatches. Whether you’re referring to TouchUpDirect’s online color swatches, ones you’ll see at other paint vendors, or any printed paint swatch you might have picked up, the “match” they offer is in name only – it’s an approximation. TUD provides online color swatches to help you in the process of narrowing down paint colors and styles for your vehicle, but a tablet or computer or printout can’t reproduce luster and depth and light effects. NEVER trust a physical or online swatch to determine the paint code necessary for ordering touch up paint. Trust the code. Stick to the code.
You may also read about/have/see “paint chips”, which are essentially small samples of the finished coating itself. Paint chips are nice, and handy for basic visualization. However, unless you’re the bionic freakin’ guy with microscope eyeballs, you cannot determine a match – especially for a pearly or metallicy multi-stage paint – with the naked eye. Keep to the code.
All the information necessary to find the paint code on a vehicle has been generously provided by TUD on our resource page titled “Paint Code Location Information”. If you follow the instructions and you’re still having trouble, please give us a call.
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