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Old 01-10-2007, 08:52 AM   #11
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I'll try to get some pictures tonight if it doesn't go back today. They told me that with my insurance there is a guarantee which lasts as long as I have the car so hopefully they will take care of it. I'm sure it'* going to look bad in good sunlight since when I went to get it out of their garage I could see the mismatch and there was only one light above the car. The way you are talking about the blending, I can't believe they didn't try that.
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My car was matched and blended by the dealer (not many know the Zilla was 'peeled' by a friend'* dodge ram in my driveway). All along the left side. The entire left side and roof/trunk lid are new paint from 2003. The paint was NOT factory color. It was custom matched and blended.
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Actually... my poor car (black) was repainted in parts.

Color matches the whole way. And oddly enough with other blacks around...mine makes them look brown.
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They told me that with my insurance there is a guarantee which lasts as long as I have the car so hopefully they will take care of it. .....The way you are talking about the blending, I can't believe they didn't try that.
Nice, I was going to mention, most body shops I've been to guarantee their work for life. Although it'* a HUGE PITA to bring your car back to get fixed AGAIN, you should. I've had my share of half-assed repairs (that I chose to fix myself). And I currently have a two-toned car.

I'm also surprised they didn't blend it! Black is tough to match, but whether they used the right color, it will never perfectly match the original paint.

I had my green SSE repaired/repainted twice, both front/side damage. The paint was custom mixed and they blended all the way to the back doors on both sides. The paint was flawless.

So get that baby fixed right! Good luck!
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I had my green SSE repaired/repainted twice, both front/side damage. The paint was custom mixed and they blended all the way to the back doors on both sides. The paint was flawless.

So get that baby fixed right! Good luck!
That'* what I was thinking. The front bumper seems to match OK, it'* just the fenders that look bad. So hopefully they will do something like that and spray over the fenders and blend it by the doors or something. I think it'* probably a lot easier to see on those horizontal surfaces than if it were the vertical sides by the doors.
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Honestly, they should blend the front bumper too IMO.

My first accident damaged the front right fender and front bumper, but they blended the right front door AND hood.

Second incident was the LEFT front fender and door. Again, they blended the hood and doors (probably the bumper again).
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Speaking of painting and blending, I found it odd that the previous owner of my 94 had the car repainted but only did the front and rear and not the doors.

still looks good though
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I called and the guy was very nice and is going to try and fix the paint. He said that they really can't match the paint to the rest of the car because it'* black. He said with other colors they will have multiple shades from the factory they can use for matching, but with black it'* black. He did say he has seen a few cars like mine, including a recent Silverado, where the black looked brown in bright sun. He said they could try and "wheel" the fenders, but since I already polished the car a couple months ago I said that most likely wouldn't make a difference. So he said there are a couple ways they can try to blend the paint with the fenders.

So at least I'm not getting the "tough luck, hit the street" response. We do have some sun out right now and it does look fine, but I'm sure in real bright sun it will be noticable.
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Jim is correct. I work in a body shop and it'* so true. Black is very difficult to match, as is white. More than likely they used the correct color, they probably didn't blend it with the fenders like they should have. Go back and complain.
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Jim is correct. I work in a body shop and it'* so true. Black is very difficult to match, as is white. More than likely they used the correct color, they probably didn't blend it with the fenders like they should have. Go back and complain.
Yeah, I think I mentioned it before, but I can see spots, especially on the fenders, where there are very tiny light specks in the paint. It looks to me like the paint wasn't put on heavy enough at the factory where I'm seeing the primer peeking through. And that I think makes the fenders look more brown. I did get some good sun this morning and took another look at the car. I forgot that the plastic cladding is darker and looks more black than the metal parts of the car, but I'm probably the only one that would notice.

The hood actually didn't look bad, I think because the paint reflects so much of the surrounding landscape. When it looked bad last night it was in the garage with the lights off, and just the halogens shining down. So there is nothing reflecting to distract from the mismatch.
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