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How to Know if a Car Has Original Paint

by Mark Blocker; Updated September 18, 2017

To know if a car has its original paint job, look for evidence of over spray where it would have been masked off, such as around the door jam, underneath the hood and around the windshield, but checking the paint code located inside the driver's door is a sure way to know if the car has been repainted. Identify a car's original paint color with auto advice from an ASE-certified master mechanic in this free video on car maintenance.

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At the age of 10, Mark Blocker started working with his father, uncle and grandfather in residential carpentry, repair addition and new home construction. He is experienced in all phases of construction including surveying, foundation layout, concrete forms and finishing, framing, drywall, tape and texture, plumbing, electrical, appliance installation and repair, heating and cooling systems, window and door insulation, and siding and roofing. He is also skilled in master finish carpentry and works with custom cabinets, custom trim, crown moldings, laminate and marble counter tops, along with rock and tile installation. Blocker has worked as an experienced safety site coordinator for major industrial building projects with a vast knowledge of building codes and as a certified home inspector with more than 30 years of experience.

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