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    Thanks to someone who tailgated me in the rain some time ago, I had to have a new rear impact limiter and bumper. The bumper was painted with the paint shown on the car's paint code, but in a lot of lights it looks like a different shade of silver. The repairers said the bumper really needed blending in to the rest of the car but most insurers won't pay for it. Anyway, I had a conversation with the insurers and they will now pay for the rear bumper to be blended into the car.

    I have 3 questions about this as I try to decide whether to have it blended or not:

    1. What is blending and how is it done?
    2. Will this solve the problem or just 'spread' the colour change across a wider area of paintwork so it's less obvious?
    3. Does blending cause any issues/problems itself? E.G Am I going to see the blending itself or will it not be as durable as the original paintwork.

    I have no idea about paintwork or blending so all information and comments are very welcome.

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    When I saw the title of the thread, I thought you were going to discuss this:

    http://www.willitblend.com/

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    they spray some paint down the side of the car and up the boot to blend the new paint into the old faded paint. (Very simple explaination) I had it done when some git went down my Fiesta with a key. You couldn't tell the difference but the car was only 3 years old and garaged, so paint fade was minimal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian T View Post
    When I saw the title of the thread, I thought you were going to discuss this:

    http://www.willitblend.com/
    Ha ha, what a site! And what a blenda!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian T View Post
    When I saw the title of the thread, I thought you were going to discuss this:

    http://www.willitblend.com/

    Uum, not unless it's any good with car paint!

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    If you get just the bumper sprayed then it will look newer then the rest of the car...(when you look at it CAREFULLY, but you can still tell its been hit)..Good garages normally blend the paint around the bumper so that if you look at the bumper you wont really notice because your comparing it to the paint around it which has been slightly faded so that it matches the rest of the car..Get it done..it wont be MASSIVELY noticeable but should be done because it makes it look like a much netter job..so yeh get it done

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    Is your car metallic mate? i am sure someone will correct me if i am wrong but i always thought metallic cars didnt fade like solid colours.

    In my driving career i have had many things sprayed on various parts of various cars never with the need to blend. All car parts sprayed were metallic and matched up perfectly.

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    Just looked back at the original post and notice your motor is silver. If its star silver there are two different shades for pre and facelift.

    Check your sprayer has definetaly used the right shade

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve0 View Post
    Just looked back at the original post and notice your motor is silver. If its star silver there are two different shades for pre and facelift.

    Check your sprayer has definetaly used the right shade
    Quote Originally Posted by steve0 View Post
    Just looked back at the original post and notice your motor is silver. If its star silver there are two different shades for pre and facelift.

    Check your sprayer has definetaly used the right shade
    Yep, it's Star Silver and I pointed out to the repairer at least twice to check they got the right shade because I knew that there was more than one from when I bought a touch-up kit from a dealer.

    As far as the repairer is concerned, they paint it the shade indicated by the paint code for the car (as indicated on the sticker on the B-pillar inside the driver's door) and any mis-match is down to ageing of the original paint in sunlight.

    I would like to double-check they have used the right shade, but I guess that only they can tell me that. It's interesting that you say that metallic paint doesn't fade - I didn't know that and I'll ask them about this!

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    I had the front offside wing, and drivers door, painted on my last car - a Meriva in silver - and from a distance the new paint looked darker than the original. It was less than two years old. Took it back, and they did it again, but explained about blendind it with the rear door. Much better looking after that.

    Meriva gone now , got my cdti 150 and love it!

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