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Offline Si68

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Poor colour match
« on: October 01, 2009, 02:38:55 PM »
We had our rear bumper and near side front wing resprayed by our insurance company's approved bodyshop a couple of months ago.  I've recently noticed the colour match is very poor (velocity red).  Took it back to the Bodyshop this morning and, to their credit, they held their hands up straight away and admitted the work is of poor quality and they'll redo it for us.  The good thing is is that we'll get the latest scratch done on the nearside front wing when they respray it.

I was half expecting a bit of a battle but I think because the match is so obviously poor, they couldn't deny it.
Car history : 1978 VW Polo 900cc (pea green), 1980 Fiesta 1.1L (blue), 1986 Escort Estate 1.3L (red), 1991 Clio 1.4RT (white), 1996 Clio 1.8RSi (metallic red), 1997 Nissan Almera 2.0GTi (red), 2002 Mazda 6 2.0TS2 (grey), 2004 Mazda 3 2.0Sport (Velocity red), 2008 Audi A3 Sportback 2.0TDi 140 (black)

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Re: Poor colour match
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2009, 02:41:56 PM »
Its good they didnt quibble. Ctredit to them really. Once a car has been in a ptrang it is never the same  >:( Hopefully they will do a better job this time.
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Re: Poor colour match
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2009, 02:43:35 PM »
Its good they didnt quibble. Ctredit to them really. Once a car has been in a ptrang it is never the same  >:( Hopefully they will do a better job this time.

Hope so Stu.  It's 35 miles to the bodyshop plus I'll have to drive around in a Honda Jazz again!
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Re: Poor colour match
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2009, 02:48:05 PM »
My dad had his older 6 sprayed at a Mercedes garage and the forgot to spray the inside of the door! Then they ripped up the mat in the boot and broke all the plastic poppers, then when they had it back to fix it they scratched it and had to fix that as well!

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Re: Poor colour match
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2009, 03:47:18 PM »
We had our rear bumper and near side front wing resprayed by our insurance company's approved bodyshop a couple of months ago.  I've recently noticed the colour match is very poor (velocity red).  Took it back to the Bodyshop this morning and, to their credit, they held their hands up straight away and admitted the work is of poor quality and they'll redo it for us.  The good thing is is that we'll get the latest scratch done on the nearside front wing when they respray it.

I was half expecting a bit of a battle but I think because the match is so obviously poor, they couldn't deny it.

Good luck.

I had a boot panel resprayed on my previous car (velocity red) and the match was poor.

I took the car to a paint specialist who advised me of the following:-

If different panels are resprayed at say different times even minor changes in conditions (temp, humidity etc) can affect the finish.

Also the depth of the primer and paint finish will affect the final colour match.

The velocity red paint is a four stage paint and even the direction of the spraying (in the sparkle coat) can affect the way the sparkles settle and shine.

In short the only real way to patch the paint is to repray and feather in significant areas larger than the panel being resprayed. Also ensure that the paint technician tests the depth of the original paint first to provide him/her with an idea of the depth required on the new paint.

I'm sure it will be ok but do demonstrate to them that you know something of the process and won't be fobbed off with sub standard work.

When the job is finished run a light wand over the area and check the sparkle coat with the surrounding areas.

As I said good luck.

Grant


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Re: Poor colour match
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2009, 04:07:59 PM »
Thanks Grant, some really useful info that'll help me ensure I don't get fobbed off.  I have heard that the Velocity Red is a pain to match (Chipsaway wouldn't touch it because of this reason).  I would have expected a lot better than the workmanship they produced but, like you say, unless they spray a significantly larger area it's never going to be perfect.

I'll let you know how it goes, thanks again mate.
Car history : 1978 VW Polo 900cc (pea green), 1980 Fiesta 1.1L (blue), 1986 Escort Estate 1.3L (red), 1991 Clio 1.4RT (white), 1996 Clio 1.8RSi (metallic red), 1997 Nissan Almera 2.0GTi (red), 2002 Mazda 6 2.0TS2 (grey), 2004 Mazda 3 2.0Sport (Velocity red), 2008 Audi A3 Sportback 2.0TDi 140 (black)

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Re: Poor colour match
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2009, 04:16:22 PM »
Thanks Grant, some really useful info that'll help me ensure I don't get fobbed off.  I have heard that the Velocity Red is a pain to match (Chipsaway wouldn't touch it because of this reason).  I would have expected a lot better than the workmanship they produced but, like you say, unless they spray a significantly larger area it's never going to be perfect.

I'll let you know how it goes, thanks again mate.
No worries. It is useful to share info and hopefully it will help you to get a perfect result.
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Re: Poor colour match
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2009, 04:51:11 PM »
This is worrying as i have to pick my crystal white pearl MPS up from the bodyshop tomorrow  :(

bet i can tell the difference lol
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Re: Poor colour match
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2009, 07:14:14 PM »
red of any kind is not easy to paint, if they painted your wing they should have blended into the door and if needs be the bonnet. as for the bumper, if you look at a lot of cars on the road very few bumpers match up because plastic takes paint diff than metal. chips away would not touch it casue they keep repairs small, and to do that colour right would need to blend out. as for pearl white, id make sure it is spotless b4 you leave it in, as if you blend white out and the panel is not super clean it will show up. ask them b4 you leave what they are going to do, and if it is an insurance job and your not paying get them to do the whole side with no blending

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Re: Poor colour match
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2009, 07:14:14 PM »