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I'm Painting A Door,,,how Do You Blend With Rest Of Truck?

I am planning on painting a door on a pickup this weekend, and I am wondering what would be the best way to blend it with the box and front fender? The rest of the paint is quite shiny but would it be best to paint a small area on the box and fender,,,, then buff to match and blend in ,,,,,,OR,,,,,, just paint the door and hope it matches? Any help would be appreciated. THANKS.....and GOOD LUCK.

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It depends. Did you paint it originally? What color of paint? Metallic or solid? If you painted it do you remember how warm it was, the air pressure you used, and the correct mixing ratio. Did you weigh out the mix or just guesstimate the amount of thinner to paint? Also are you using the same brand of paint that was used before? There are quite a few variables. If it is a solid basic color you might get by painting just the door and having it match. If it is metallic I would paint just the door. If you blend it back into the fender and bed and it doesn't quite match, then you have three panels that will be mismatched and two of them will only be halfway. If it is something along the lines of a silver or something along the lines of a custom candy, etc, I would paint all three panels (fender, door, bedside) This way if it doesn't match you will not be able to notice it. You can only see one side at a time. But that would be my personal preference. I think nothing looks worse than a panel than is mismatched. I keep seeing this fawn metallic car for sale up the highway from me that had the front fender and partial door (blended into the door) painted and it shows a mile away. It makes it look bad.

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If the paint on the truck is bc/cc, and the color mix is close enough to what is on the truck, it can be blended fairly easily. If you are painting the complete door, you can blend onto the fender and rear cab corner. You should not need to go onto the bedside. Basically, blending is done by sanding into the cc on the adjacent panels. When you paint the door, you basically fog onto the adjacent panels with the color. You then clear all panels completely. This will allow the slight color differences to "blend" in with each other. CC should always be done to the whole panel when possible.
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