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Old 03-25-2009, 12:00 PM
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Color...Opps! Any fix?

Hi gang!

A little history....I bought a PT Cruiser a couple of years back as a daily driver. The car had been repainted a lighter and brighter shade of metallic green than the factory color and I liked it but had no idea what the color code was. The clear recently started peeling on it so I took it to Maaco to have it repainted BC/CC. They, of course, had to try to match the unknown paint color on it. Well, when I went to pick the car up yesterday evening I burst into tears as soon as I spotted it from the highway because it is the WRONG color. A truly ugly shade of green if ever I've seen one. To dark, to blue, and way too little metal flake. Since the shop was already closed for the day I haven't spoken to them about this yet but I seriously doubt that they are going to be willing to completely repaint the car since they only promised to get a "close" color match. (Obviously, their idea of close and mine are worlds apart. ) I'm way too upset right now to even call and discuss this with them because I'll use some very unlady like language if I try. So, I need some advice before I call them. Is there anything short of a complete repaint that could be done to alter the color? I'm thinking that some gold pearl, for example, over the exsisting color might make it looks worlds better but is that possible to do without removing the clear coat that they just applied?

I'd really like to hear any suggestions that ya'll have. I'm not sure that I can get them to do anything to fix the problem but I absolutely can not live with the car as it is now so, even if I have to take it to another shop or do it myself the color has got to be fixed. BTW, they really did a nice job on the car. I'd be happy with their work if the color wasn't so awful.

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Old 03-25-2009, 12:47 PM
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They'll shoot it again, PERIOD, if you insist. This is a bodyshop owners 101 problem. If you have half a brain you learn this lesson in the first frew months of running a shop. So either this guy just started or he is real dumb.

ANY TIME you are shooting a color that isn't matched exactly to what the customer had you spray out a test panel and have the customer sign it, PERIOD. NOTHING less, you spray it out and let them have a good look at it and SIGN the panel.

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Old 03-26-2009, 10:52 AM
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Thanks for the reply Brian. I hope you are right about them being willing to repaint it. Since there's only one place in town that color matches paint and they've already blown it once I'm thinking that I'll likely have to go sit down with their books and try to match the color myself. Here's a shot of the color I'm trying to find. (Sorry for the poor quality. The door jambs are all that's left and it's pouring rain.) If anyone has any guesses as to what color this is, a make, of even a year range that would be big help.
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Awe Maaco, the Jiffy Lube of the autobody world. That is where the flunkies go work that don't have enough talent to work in a real shop.
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:42 AM
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I found this site the other day and there are a ton of good paint chips available here.

It looks a bit like the color on an Olds Achieva (1990) that I had. The 93 up Camaro had a similar color. But really you are going to be looking for ahwile. There are so many different shades out there and even a couple of drops of tint can change it quite noticeably. I once had a Izuzu Impulse with charcoal metallic and when it got hit the body shop never could get the 1/4 panel quite right. they were using the factory code but it was alway a tad darker than stock.

It's probably worse since your dealing with maaco.
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