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Old 05-20-2012, 07:52 PM
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question on paint flip flop and color matching B106 saffron yellow

I have a 2005 Lotus Elise saffron yellow (B106 paint code)that was involved in a hit and run. The damages were to the right side door and lower rocker panel. I took it to the most recommended collision center in the Louisville, KY area and they cannot match the door. This place works on Mercedes, Ferraris, Porsches, etc. and I have seen their work and it seems to be top notch. I had three spots in the back of the vehicle that were spotted in and a spot under the right side door repaired and you cannot tell that anything was ever repaired. I requested the shop to paint the door and not blend it. I would really rather not have the whole side of the vehicle painted, especially now that they canít get the color to match. This vehicle is in excellent condition. I know that paint fades over time exposed to the sun but after every drive, this car gets washed and hand dried. I will then drive it around the block to knock any potential surface rust off of the rotors from the wash. I will then dry the new waster spots, pull it in to the garage. Once in the garage it gets plugged into a battery tender and covered until the next outing. This vehicle does not see the rain. This vehicle is in excellent condition. I gave the paint code(B106) and paint manufacturer(DuPont) to the collision center from the get go (appox 9 months ago). The collision center has painted a new and old door several times and just canít seem to get it right, or even close IMHO even though each time I am told this one is the best yet. I am being told now they have another shade but they want to paint the side of the vehicle and blend the front end. When looking at the door it looks kind of gray or a shade off. The door looks close in sunlight but horrible inside under the lights. I have even asked if they are painting/priming it first with a white base coat. I am being told that the reason it looks off is due to the flip flop of the paint. I understand the flip flop effect of the paint, and would have more patience if it were pearlescent but why canít they get the door to match the rest of the vehicle? Again, they spotted it in and it looks great at any angle. I really do not want to give them the go ahead to paint the complete side and front section if it is not the right color. I understand that they can fade it but I will still have the right side of my car the wrong color or shade just faded to not notice it as much. I donít know what to do at this point? I greatly appreciate any advice and insight to my situation.

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