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Benefits Of Pre-Painted Mustang Parts

Written By: Andrew Cilio

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There's nothing better than having the styling parts you want shipped directly to your door for free already painted exactly to match your Mustang's factory color scheme. AmericanMuscle is the top online provider of pre-painted Mustang parts, made possible by superior quality and service.

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Thanks to the expansive and constantly growing aftermarket supporting the Ford Mustang, it gets continually easier to modify your Mustang. At one time, the thought of modifying the look of your Mustang brought a sense of dread and worry over how much it would cost and what it would come out like. However, the aftermarket for the Mustang was built around the modular platform of the Mustang, making it incredibly easy to transform the look with little stress and relatively reasonable prices. Pre-painted parts are a perfect example of this as they make drastically altering your look a walk in the park. This guide will go over some of the benefits and what you need to know about pre-painted parts.

What are Pre-Painted Mustang Parts?

Pre-painted Mustang parts are exterior styling modifications that are painted to match the color of your vehicle before they are even shipped out. Long gone are the days of having to go to an independent body shop to paint a wing or hood scoop to match your Mustang for a fairly pricey cost. Pre-painted Mustang parts are slightly more expensive than their unpainted counterparts, but offer OEM quality and finish.

What Mustang Parts Can Be Bought Pre-Painted?

You can buy the following exterior styling parts unpainted:

•    Rear spoilers
•    Quarter windows and louvers
•    Side scoops
•    Hood scoops
•    Chin spoilers
•    Vent scoops
•    Rocker panels
•    Decklid panels
•    Tail Light Trim

Almost any exterior styling body part can be bought pre-painted to your Mustang’s body color, seamlessly matching the look of your pony car.

Who Paints the Parts?

While it may vary for other companies, AmericanMuscle paints all of their pre-painted parts on location at their office themselves. AmericanMuscle paints everything in-house to ensure quality and standards are met and exceeded with all of the styling parts that go out. These parts also clear coated using the same standards Ford does at their factory.

How Hard is it to Install Pre-Painted Mustang Parts?

Installing pre-painted Mustang parts is relatively easy as the majority of installs use double sided 3M automotive tape; all you need is a steady hand and to mark where you’re adding the part. Decklid panels, rocker panels, vent scoops, and chin spoilers may require some level of additional more permanent modification, but that depends on a case to case basis.

Pre-Painted Mustang Parts VS Aftermarket Painting – Cost & Customization

In general, it will always be cheaper, let alone easier, to go with pre-painted Mustang parts instead of getting something unpainted and taking it to a shop yourself. It will take you longer to get the part on your vehicle and will cost anywhere from 2 to 4 times as much depending upon the part and the shop.

While you can order any of the above-mentioned parts pre-painted to match your Mustang’s body paint, you, unfortunately, cannot order anything with a custom design or color. What colors Ford offered from the factory is what you can get from AmericanMuscle, so if you are trying to do a custom design or color, you will need to take it to a paint/body shop.

What is a "Prime Color"?

Our pre-painted parts are color matched to complement Ford's prime color. However, certain vehicles might have been painted by Ford with a variant of the prime color at the time of manufacture.

Variant paint colors are NOT indicated anywhere on the vehicle and the paint color code that is shown is the same as the prime color. Below are samples of a prime color and three variant colors for one of our Mustang colors. The variants can look significantly different in certain lighting and at certain angles.

We recommend confirming your Mustang vehicle is painted in the prime color before ordering pre-painted parts.

Mustang Silver Paint Code with Various Shades

How do I Find My Paint Code?

Look inside the door jam on your driver's side door. There should be a VIN plate which has the paint code on it. Selecting the right code is as simple as picking it out from the drop-down on the website. The first two letters in the drop-down menu are the actual paint code for the color selected.

Stock Mustang Colors and Codes By Year

Year Code Color
2016 G1 Shadow Black
2004, 2012 Boss, 2015-2016 CY Competition Orange
2013-2016 J4 Deep Impact Blue
2015-2016 HN Guard Metallic
2011-2016 UX Ingot Silver
2015-2016 J7 Magnetic Metallic
2014-2016 YZ Oxford White
2011-2016 PQ Race Red
2014-2016 RR Ruby Red Tinted Clearcoat Metallic
2015-2016 H3 Triple Yellow Tri-Coat
1990-2008, 2010-2015 UA Black
2015 N4 Whimbeldon White
2013-2014 HD Gotta Have it Green
2010-2011, 2013-2014 UJ Sterling Gray
2010-2014 CI Grabber Blue
2013 B1 School Bus Yellow
2005-2013 HP Performance White
2010, 2012-2013 U6 Red Candy
2010-2012 L6 Kona Blue
2011-2012 NQ Yellow Blaze
2012 UZ Red Lava
2002-2010 D3 Torch Red
2010 GQ Sunset Gold
2009-2010 UI Brilliant Silver Metallic
2007-2009 U3 Grabber Orange
2007-2009 G5 Alloy
2008-2009 ZY Vapor Silver
2006-2009 G9 Vista Blue
2008-2009 JV Dark Candy Apple Red
2008-2009 PX Dark Highland Green
2005-2008 P3 Windveil Blue
1998-2001, 2003-2004, 2008 YN Silver Metallic
2006-2007 T8 Tungsten Gray
2002-2003, 2005-2007 TL Satin Silver
2003-2007 G2 Red Fire
2004-2006 D6 Screaming Yellow
2005-2006 P1 Legend Lime
2002-2005 SN Sonic Blue
2001-2003, 2005 TK Mineral Gray
2001-2004 Z1 Oxford White
2003-2004 CX Dark Shadow Gray
2004 FX Crimson Red
2003-2004 L5 Azure Blue
2004 G6 Mysti-Chrome
2001-2003 L2 True Blue
2000-2003 B7 Zinc Yellow
2000-2003 SU Tropic Green
1994-2002 E9 Laser Red
1999-2002 SW Electric Green
1998, 2000-2001 ES Performance Red
2001 PY Dark Highland Green
1994-2000 ZR Crystal White
1998-2000 K6 Atlantic Blue
1999-2000 K7 Bright Atlantic Blue
2000 BP Sunburst Gold
1994-1999 E8 Rio Red
1997-1999 BZ Chrome Yellow
1998-1999 FU Dark Green Satin
1998 BG Autumn Orange
1996-1998 PS Pacific Green
1996-1997 JU Deep Violet
1996-1997 KM Moonlight Blue
1997 AZ Aztec Gold
1994-1997 NA Deep Forest Green
1996 CM Bright Tangerine
1996 LF Mystic
1994-1996 WJ Opal Forest
1993-1995 ES Vibrant Red
1994-1995 BZ Canary Yellow
1993-1995 KF Bright Blue
1995 JA Sapphire Blue
1993-1995 RD Teal
1994 GC Iris Metallic
1993 WB Vibrant White
1993 YX Silver Metallic
1993 EP Bright Red
1993 EG Electric Red
1993 LA Royal Blue
1993 PA Reef Blue
1991-1993 PM Calypso Green
1991-1992 YO Oxford White
1990-1992 YX Titanium Forest
1991-1992 EP Vermillion
1990-1992 PA Deep Emerald Jewel Green
1990-1992 YG Medium Titanium
1990-1992 EL Wild Strawberry
1991-1992 EM Medium Red
1991-1992 EY Performance Red
1991-1992 K3 Bimini Blue
1990-1992 MK Twlight Blue
1990-1992 MM Ultra Blue
1984-1990 9L Oxford White
1990 YU Light Titanium
1990 EH Medium Cabernet
1990 MA Light Crystal Blue
1990 KA Crystal Blue
1980-1989 1C Black
1986-1989 1D Dark Gray/Smoke Poly
1987-1989 1K Light Gray/Smoke
1987-1989 2D Scarlet Red
1987-1989 2H Cabernet Red
1988-1989 2I Bright Red
1987-1989 3R Medium Shadow Blue
1988-1989 6V Almond
1988-1989 66 Mimosa Yellow
1988-1989 7N Dark Shadow Blue
1987-1989 7H Bright Regatta Blue
1988 9R Drak Gray Metallic
1987 6H Jonquil
1986-1987 7B Shadow Blue
1985-1987 8L Sand Beige
1985-1987 8Y Dark Sable
1984-1986 1E Silver Metallic
1984-1986 2A Medium Canyon Red
1985-1986 2R Jalapena Red
1979-1980, 1986 3J Light Regatta Blue
1985-1986 4E Dark Sage
1985-1986 4M Dark Slate Metallic
1983, 1985 1B Medium Charcoal
1981, 1983, 1985 3L Dark Blue/Midnight Blue Metallic
1985 3V Light Regatta Blue
1983-1984 35 Light Academy Blue/Light Cadet Blue
1984 2E Light Canyon Red
1983-1984 5C Dark Academy Light/Dark Cadet Blue
1983-1984 8Q Light Desert Tan
1984 9C Bright Copper
1983-1984 9N Desert Tan Poly
1984 9W Dark Charcoal
1979-1983 9D Polar White
1981-1983 24 Red
1980-1983 27 Bright Red
1982-1983 61 Medium Yellow
1980, 1982-1983 1G Silver Metallic
1980-1981, 983 2G Bright Bittersweet
1983 5U Dark Walnut Metallic
1982 69 Dark Curry Brown
1979-1980, 1982 1P Metallic Gray
1982 3D Dark Blue Metallic
1979-1982 3H Medium Blue Glow
1982 6Y Medium Vanilla
1982 6Z Pastel Vanilla
1980-1982 8N Dark Cordovan Metallic
1980-1982 8D Bittersweet Glow
1981 1T Light Pewter Metallic
1981 5Q Dark Brown Metallic
1980-1981 6N Bright Yellow
1981 17 Medium Pewter Metallic
1981 86 Pastel Chamois
1980 5T Bright Caramel
1980 8A Dark Chamois Metallic
1979-1980 3F Light Medium Blue
1980 8W Chamois Glow
1979 46 Dark Jade Metallic
1979 5M Medium Chesnut Metallic
1979 5W Medium Vaquero Gold
1979 64 Bright Yellow
1979 83 Light Chamois
1979 85 Tangerine
Fitment includes: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, GT, V6, EcoBoost, SVO, LX, Bullitt, Mach1, ShelbyGT500, ShelbyGT350