Originally Posted by OneMoreTime
The new mixing banks come with a computerized database and the guy at the store enters in the year make model and vin of the car and up pops a formula for that particular color..if all goes well the mix is a good match for that car. but then there are times when we do need to hand match. hand matching is something the old guys know about from the days before we had computer database mixing banks. If you have to fix an owweey on an older car then you will find out about hand matching color.. i know clear as mud..
Giving the store the make, model and vin# number to a car isn't going to pop up a formula for the the car. I've tried that with a few cars that had the paint code stickers removed. You still have to provide a paint code. The vin# provides the manufacturing plant origin and which variant is applicable for a match.