June 23, 2006Hey there, looking to get a new hood on the Stang. I have the RedFire color. My paint guy is telling me he has to blend the fenders when painting the hood to make it match. Is that right ? Its a brand new car. Wouldnt it match by itself ? Thanks
June 23, 2006They tell you that just to let you know that they may have to blend it. Paint lays differently depending on several different factors. If he sprayed it with a Ford factory paint, there is no garauntee that it will match. Thus he may have to blend the fenders in so that you can't see two different colors. No big deal, just part of it.
June 23, 2006
this a pic of the 04 Red Fire after new hood was installed and painted by Ford could not see any difference.
June 23, 2006The answer is probably going to be 'it depends'.
June 23, 2006You're initial inflexion of doubt is correct.
Most paints can easily be color matched without any spray-over blending.
Chances are after painting, the hood may look a little darker for a week or two. After the paint fully hardens you won't be able to detect any color difference.
Any good experienced body and paint professional will tell you that.
Usually when a body shop gives you an odd estimate or an answer that doesn't sound right, they really don't want the job.
"Nice car by the way."
June 27, 2006That is totally wrong. The urathane paint products of today do not change in color after the initial bake cycle. once the clear coat is applied the color will not change. The reason it is nessasary to blend is that all of the paint manufactures have several different variants for the the same color code. The best way to insure the corrct match is to blend the color to the adjacent panel. ecspecially with a metalic finish.
June 27, 2006I disagree with me being totally wrong...
A good body paint person will know the factory paint colors and, how to reduce them for a good lay down.
A good paint match man can do spot work without blending metallics.
I've had two metallic colors matched the in 2 last years without blending.
The color looked darker after clearing then matched perfectly after two weeks.
Orange peel is the paint matchers biggest challenge.
I say it is all in the body and fender technicians knowledge and technique.
That's why good shops charge less and inexperienced shops charge more!
The more work done the higher the cost...
The hood and the decklid on this car were painted (after the phony scoop and spoiler were removed and the holes plugged) with NO color blending.
Looked good to me!
June 27, 2006The part you are totally wrong about is the paint changing color after a week or two. Once the clear is applied the color will not change. And if you ask a true experienced painter they will tell you that a blend is the best way to preform a undetectible repair.
June 27, 2006Sorry Tim,
I've had 2 cars painted not panel blended...the hue of the "clearcoat" was darker at first then matched undetectably after 14 days...
This has been my recent experience with paint by two different shops on two different cars.
Your knowledge is duely noted.
Please be my guest and have the last word.
Thanx for saying I'm totally wrong...and welcome to ML!
Nice Mustang you have...
June 27, 2006I wasn't saying you were totally wrong just that it is totally false that the paint changes color after a week or two. Did not intend for a personal attack on you just trying to let you know that you had been misinformed about how paint cures and how color really works.
I'm glad you had really good experience with your two colors. I was just trying to stick up for the body shops, who seem to always get a bad rap for stuff that really needs to be done for the job to be done right.