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Old 02-21-2020, 08:35 AM   #1
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Edit- paint code is D4S but comes back with 9 different variants

Hey guys, hoping the community can save the day for me. I have a 2019 wrx premium I purchased new in 2018. I recently had an accident and the front bumper needed to be replaced. I took the car to a reputable body shop but for some reason they can’t get the color match right. The bumper, hood, front doors and front fenders have been painted twice now and it still isn’t correct

I don’t have the paint code handy but it is the black with silver/blue flake. The car is gorgeous but I’m not sure why they can’t get it right. Apparently when the vin is piled up it gives 9 different variants of that color and the one it’s supposed to be comes out with a green/orange hue to it. I can get more info if needed I just don’t have the car at the moment. I was hoping someone else has either had this issue or dealt with it before because it’s making me sick at this point.

I think Axalta is the paint company of choice for this shop and they have apparently been on site with their chemist trying to match this color. I think the body shop plans to switch to PPG and contact them today about matching it. I’m not sure why it’s so hard I’m not the only one in the world with this color car.
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Old 02-21-2020, 02:03 PM   #2
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It is virtually impossible to match the factory paint due to multiple factors such as: the original pigment/blend/base versus aftermarket; preparation; air-quality/filtration; application/spray pressure; drying/curing time; finishing/final preparation.

What the body-shop tried to do is 'blend' the paint by painting not only the bumper-cover, but also painting the fenders and the hood. Blending is more than just spraying the panels. It is supposed to be applied and then faded so that the paint appears to be uniform over the entire vehicle when it is not.

Sadly, you should have settled on just having the new bumper-cover painted and left it at that.
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Old 02-21-2020, 02:16 PM   #3
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I was fine with the blending that needed to take place but it’s not the blending that’s the issue it’s the actual paint. The code is no where close the car has a silver metallic to it and the code for the car comes out green an orange metallic. It makes no sense whatsoever ever
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:44 PM   #4
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Hmm.

I've seen this before where the code is used for different variants of that particular color.

We have a 2015 FXT SWP and a 2016 WRX STI SWP and the paint is not the same between the two even-though the code is the same. The FXT is more of a creme white whereas the STI is more of a cool white; it matches the STI perfectly.

Sadly, if there are nine variants of this paint-code, then the body-shop needs to remove the gas-door to send it out to have the paint examined and matched.

I feel your pain.
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Old 02-27-2020, 07:56 PM   #5
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Automotive paint shops have a special camera, need a flat section about as big as your fuel cap and will match the code and bring a conclusion at least. From there they make a custom spray can up. Still feels silly to have trouble with a brand new vehicle... Mostly for classics or older vehicles with a panel replaced with heavy sun fade etc.
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