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Old 09-12-2015, 10:26 AM   #36
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Read this entire thread. The fuel door is pretty common practice, but if you can drive it to the paint source that would work in most cases. Keep in mind that the fuel door is in a different spot on the car and could be faded more than the fenders or bumpers where the hood may stand out when placed next to these parts. The best match you are going to get is off the stock hood.
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Read this entire thread. The fuel door is pretty common practice, but if you can drive it to the paint source that would work in most cases. Keep in mind that the fuel door is in a different spot on the car and could be faded more than the fenders or bumpers where the hood may stand out when placed next to these parts. The best match you are going to get is off the stock hood.
My thinking too if I can take the car to the paint place...having them match off the (clean) stock hood should be as close to perfect as you can get for a match.
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My thinking too if I can take the car to the paint place...having them match off the (clean) stock hood should be as close to perfect as you can get for a match.
One would think.
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Just to update, I spoke with the paint jobber. He likes to prepare samples of the paint he's mixed, compare to the OEM part, then adjust as necessary. It's not a quick process, so fuel door it is!
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Sounds good! Whatever it takes, you want it to match the first time. Had impact damage to front fender, bumper, scuffed hood, side mirror broke n hit door. Two trips to auto body shop. First time paint didn't match, blend was terrible! 2nd was close but they cleared all the way back to rear quarter so it was milky compared to adjacent panels as were hood n bumper compared to panels on other side. Had to take the car to a different shop and it ended up being a complete repaint. Flipping nightmare!!!
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^ Yeah, definitely want to do whatever I can to avoid that!
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Just to update, I spoke with the paint jobber. He likes to prepare samples of the paint he's mixed, compare to the OEM part, then adjust as necessary. It's not a quick process, so fuel door it is!
That's exactly what I read good paint shops do. Because there are variables that can affect the outcome of the prepared (so-called matched color) paint. Hopefully this eliminates the need to spray adjacent surfaces to blend slight differences, which is common practice.
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I took a chunk of the blistered paint off of my hood to check the color match on touch up paint.
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That's exactly what I read good paint shops do. Because there are variables that can affect the outcome of the prepared (so-called matched color) paint. Hopefully this eliminates the need to spray adjacent surfaces to blend slight differences, which is common practice.
Yeah. I'm totally down with taking a bit of extra effort/time to make sure things are done right the first time. Plus, the body shop wants to blend the fenders even less than I do...LOL.
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What to remove as paint color match reference?

Dude you don't need to be doing this much work. You have a 2013, the paint isn't going to fade to the point you would think it's another shade or color. You are doing all of this work when you can easily just give them the paint code color honestly. If it was a 2005 then yes I understand but not on an almost brand new car.


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Dude you don't need to be doing this much work. You have a 2013, the paint isn't going to fade to the point you would think it's another shade or color. You are doing all of this work when you can easily just give them the paint code color honestly. If it was a 2005 then yes I understand but not on an almost brand new car.


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Not true. And even a new car using the paint code doesn't guarantee a perfect match. Sometime different brands of paints require alterations to the mix
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Not true. And even a new car using the paint code doesn't guarantee a perfect match. Sometime different brands of paints require alterations to the mix
Yep. The paint guy told me there are at least three different variants of Grabber Blue depending on, among other things, the color of the primer underneath.
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Good to hear you are making some sort of progress on your findings and such. I am still waiting for the body shops to fix my poor 2011.
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Good to hear you are making some sort of progress on your findings and such. I am still waiting for the body shops to fix my poor 2011.
My fingers and toes are crossed for you. Your ordeal reminds me of this quote from Vincent in Pulp Fiction: "Don't f*** with another man's vehicle...it's just against the rules."
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I just got my hood back after 2.5 months of it getting painted...what a hassle. Anyway, I gave the guy who painted it my stock spoiler to match, he did a nice job.
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Not true. And even a new car using the paint code doesn't guarantee a perfect match. Sometime different brands of paints require alterations to the mix
Totally agree!
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OK, fuel door is back on my car (had to replace the flimsy plastic retainer pocket, as the old one naturally broke on removal), and there should be some new hood action next week.
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I have a 2012 v6 mustang and I really wanna get rid of that black plastic on the bottom and have it painted to match perfectly to the exact color of the car it's a Ingot color and wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions where the best place to get it done at for a good price?


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it would help if you told us what state you live in......
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Uh oh better call Maaco


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Lol I thought about that but idk I'll check


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It's funny. I have talked to many owners with the painted rockers that wish they had the black ones. They tell me that it doesn't take long for the painted ones to get stone chips in them. I'm sure that there are chips in the unpainted ones but they don't show.


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It's funny. I have talked to many owners with the painted rockers that wish they had the black ones. They tell me that it doesn't take long for the painted ones to get stone chips in them. I'm sure that there are chips in the unpainted ones but they don't show.


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The unpainted ones don't get chipped as there is nothing to chip. Wipe down with 303 Aerospace on a regular basis and they will always look brand new.


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It's funny. I have talked to many owners with the painted rockers that wish they had the black ones. They tell me that it doesn't take long for the painted ones to get stone chips in them. I'm sure that there are chips in the unpainted ones but they don't show.
Yeah, the painted rockers are just begging to get paint chipped. That said, I added some front mud flaps / stone guards / whatever you want to call them, and I think those helped protect my rockers from a lot of rock hits over the years.
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Roush side splitters and splash guards keep mine looking perfect
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having the unpainted ones I like the looks of the painted ones much better...

chips would stink though....
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Yeah I did kinda figure that I may just keep it the way it is thank you for the advice


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I may look into the splash guards though doesn't sound like a bad idea


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Staying off back roads helps too.
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Fuel door is what I would do. some colors like three stage metallic are a b14ch to match. That is why mine is Race Red with no metallics. did that just so matching add on parts would be easier1
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Well, looks like they got the color match pretty good.

Anybody need an OEM hood with some paint bubbling but no bends/dings/dents? I'll give ya a good price.
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It looks great! Can't wait to see it up close!
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