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Old 06-25-2013, 06:49 AM
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This was one of the most difficult jobs I've done in a long while.
I could not get this paint to blend without looking darker.
Mercedes #775., I painted the door 3 times trying to blend into the
repaired qtr panel.
The pictures don't really show the difference very well like when in the sun.
But the door kept getting darker with every painting.
Finally, I gave up. Painted the entire car side.
Apparently the OEM primer color affects the final silver shade.
Anyone on here run into this silver problem?
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Can't help you, but we had our silver '04 CTS repaired after our 20 yr old son cut an intersection and hit a car waiting to turn, wiping out the entire left side. Two new doors, front fender, new pillars and repairs to the quarter. When we picked it up, I was stunned by how perfect the job was. Even though I knew exactly what I was looking for, I could not see any sign of repair. This was "Tate and Company Collision Repair" in Nederland, TX if anyone is interested...

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I've done more silver cars than any other color,
this is the first one to give me troubles.
This Mercedes has something different to it.
I know it has pearl in it, but it's more than that.
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tinted sealer helps so you don't cake on areas to hide primer lines and color mismatch cause to hide those you are laying on too much base at times, which will enrich the color of the blend.
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Being "darker" is mostly about how the metallic is laying. The magic in lightening silver, are you ready for this? This is the holy grail of matching metallic colors, it's flattening agent! You add flattening agent to the color (many have it in the formula, it's called "flop control") and it will lighten up the color without changing anything else about it! It's like friggin magic! The metallic flakes sticking up off the panel make the color look darker, especially the side tone. When you add the flattener/flop control, they all lay down flat like coins on a table. You can not believe how well this works, try it next time. And it also kills the flop so the color doesn't change when you view it from an angle, I wish to God I had known this years ago when I had my shop. I would often fight colors like that.

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Thanks Brian, funny you mention this,
I just talked to Barry at SPI and he told me
the very same thing. and I have flattener in
stock. I think I'm going to start using it on all
future metallics, they all seem to have a lot of flop
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Well done man you did a great job here!
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[QUOTE=Walters;1688427]Well done man you did a great job here!

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