Dealing With Auto Paint Matching Issues

by James Florence


When it comes to matching auto paint, several dynamics can factor into the process and affect the end result. Photo: Spectrum Auto Body (2014)

Sometimes when an auto body shop fixes a damaged car, the color of the newly painted bumper may not appear to perfectly match the color of the body. Considering the complex nature of paint matching, there are a few possible explanations that may account for this:

  • The character of paint often differs between metal and plastic surfaces due to dissimilar rates of evaporation during the drying process. For this reason, even if the paint had appeared to match perfectly when it was originally applied, it may look different after it dries.
  • The problem often originates with the manufacturer. In many cases, a car’s body will be painted on a production line at the factory, while parts such as the bumper and trim are painted at another location using a different application method, which can complicate the color matching process.
  • It may simply be an optical illusion. Light reflects differently on curved and flat surfaces, which can cause a color’s appearance to vary depending on the angle.

In any case, remember that color matching on cars is a complex process that involves several extenuating factors. Sometimes a perfect match isn’t possible, despite the technician’s best efforts.

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