Was just working on an FWI for Yonkerse 05 SLE and figured I would share a little bit of information you may have never known.
Ever wonder why when a bumper or a fender etc.. on a car gets painted it doesnt always match perfectly?
Take a look at Yonkerse car here:
Just a simple grey car right? what could be so hard about that?
Well I am only using his car as an example..as just about every color out there (besides white and most blacks) is similar to what I am showing you.
So his paint code is WA-812k...so if you went into a store that sells paint and told them you needed that color, they would sell it to you...ever wonder what actually goes into that color?
Well lets find out:
Here I put in the paint code into my PDA:
Next I will do a search for that code, here are the results:
As you can see the color that comes up is a GM color with Steel Mist in the name.. Also further down you can see a Saturn variant as well.
So I choose the first one on the list which is the one I want since it is AA aplication (meaning for the main body color): And it brings me to this screen:
Notice there are 11 variants of this color..this right here is why paint doesnt ALWAYS match perfectly...if you have an 10+ year old car that has been subject to fading etc.. and then there are actually 11 options to chose from for that 1 color..makes it a bit tough doesnt it! Most people don't realize that just because there is a paint code for the car, doesnt mean there is only one variation of mixing that color. I have had colors I have painted on cars that had 30+variants..and it took me 2 or 3 trys to find the right one to match...just a matter of patience (or buying a several thousand dollar device that scans the paint on the car and is able to tell you exactly what'* in it)
So the program I use ussually breaks down the codes into the most standard/commonly used variations, so I chose to use the first standard and here is the next screen it brings me too:
so you thought 11 variants was bad?!?! well now I have 8 different solutions to choose from just off that 1 variant I chose! So by looking at the dates when the solutions came out I can narrow down a bit closer which one I want to use for the car I am doing.
After choosing the one I want I finally get to where it tells me what I need to use to make this color:
So after all those options, I now have these to make this one color, that most people assume is just a simple gray:
As you can see there are several different silvers, whites, blues, blacks etc.. that all go into this color.
So I get my handy little $300+ scale out so I can begin mixing this color up:
And here is just the products I use to paint a simple FWI for our cars..
All said and done..you have your "simple" Gray Intake for a pontiac bonneville (also a red one for Mouse'* car next to it)
There you go...so next time you think there isn't much involved in simply mixing the color of a car, think again! haha