E36 - Fitted new front-wing and the paint doesnt match rest of the car :-( !!
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    Unhappy E36 - Fitted new front-wing and the paint doesnt match rest of the car :-( !!

    Hi guys,

    The whole week, I spent time removing blue paint from a wing , that i bought. (I'm changing my wings because of corroded arches)

    - So the blue was stipped down.
    - I added 2 layers of grey primer (1st layer dried for 24hours & 2nd layer was applied next day, then 24hr dry up again)
    - I went to halfords to get my car's paint (because that's the only place that can custom match a rare colour code)
    - The wing was painted in several layers (while allowing each period to dry up)
    - The whole wing came out nicely
    - Let the wing dry up for 2 days in the hot sun
    - The applied several coats of clear-coat paint (lacquar)

    I was happy i guess.

    - I took the old wing off (what a pain in the arse!)
    - Then fitted the new one.

    Now there's a problem, I almost cried when i saw it. The wing's new paint doesn't match the rest of the car. I don't know why!!


    I was told by people in halfords that the paint is correctly matched and the fact that my car is red, the color red tends age up. (In hellrot bmw's it goes pink)
    They also said, that sometimes "bmw approved" body shops , normally take the wing & over-spray it (until it matches the old color)


    I've painted my m-tec front bumper before, and the colour match was identical!!!! (that was a surprise for me)


    So guys, what do you think i should do to match my wing with the rest of car ? (& I must add my funds are exhausted!

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    When you say custom match did somebody come outside and match a swatch card to your car? If not you would have got the standard recipe for the year
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    Quote Originally Posted by e36coupe-328 View Post
    When you say custom match did somebody come outside and match a swatch card to your car? If not you would have got the standard recipe for the year
    I guess it was the standard recipe, the guy didn't come outside. I bought the paint same place when i was doing the bumper, in which it came out well.

    Was i supposed to ask them to come outside & match ?

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    If you go to a paint factor that supplies garages and ask for a mix people tend to take a piece of the car or trim to match.
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    I'll try to look for one in my area, any idea of how much it would cost me ?

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    Most paint suppliers will have a camera that takes a pic of your paint, put it in there computer and gives a perfect match.

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    Halfords was your error. See your local paint shop, get the paint code from the passnger side strut mount and take it to your local paint shop and they will do a much better match than Halfords ever could. I had exactly the same issue previously......

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3 tim View Post
    Most paint suppliers will have a camera that takes a pic of your paint, put it in there computer and gives a perfect match.
    What he said


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    Halfords was your error. See your local paint shop, get the paint code from the passnger side strut mount and take it to your local paint shop and they will do a much better match than Halfords ever could. I had exactly the same issue previously......
    Paint code is only ball park things do wvary, cars fade or get resprayed etc.
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    @M3 tim @StK , thanks guys, that was helpful infomation. Even though i gave them the correct paint-code even the paint-name from the engine bay.
    @e36coupe-328 yes true, paint-code isn't everything. with the car being red, colour does age overtime. (It was my fault i assumed this affected hellrots only, but i guess dark ones are affected too )

    I've never been to a bodyshop before, so excuse my stupid questions below:
    - How do i expect to pay, for someone to re-paint the wing until it matches the car ?
    - Is it true, the car has to be left at the body shop & collect it end of week ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanda View Post
    @e36coupe-328 yes true, paint-code isn't everything. with the car being red, colour does age overtime. (It was my fault i assumed this affected hellrots only, but i guess dark ones are affected too
    Paint varies from batch to batch even when mixed new especially back then, just. Like making sure to get wallpaper or tiles from the same batch sometimes the same paint odes an colour names have different recipes depending I model year. Go back and show them the match if you are not happy they may refund or remix if you are lucky
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