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Old 07-06-2011, 12:07 PM
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Wife's Altima needs a new front driver side panel after her dad backed into it. There is no damage to the hood or the headlight or the door panel. But the panel over the front wheel definitely needs to be replaced and painted. Can someone explain why the body shop wants to blend the paint with the hood and the door panel? If there was no damage to either of these areas why would you need to blend the paint? Will a brand new panel with the same paint color look that much off?

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yes it will look different if you look at it, since you and the wifey know were it was its going to stick out to you

had a friend get a new OEM hood for his 350 Nismo came straight from Nissan and was still off

let the body shop blend it so it looks perfect
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I agree, blending helps the new paint matches the old paint.
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Paint fades with time. New paint will look noticable darker, even if it is the exact same color. If you do not blend, it will be very noticable.
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They blend paint since the currently painted car would have some fade already. New paint will not match unless blended in. Nevertheless, even if the car was completely new, you'll have to be lucky to get a batch of paint that will completely match.
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I agree that it probably should be done. Her dad is going to pay for it anyway, we just got a second quote, the first place was way too high and the blending was quite a bit extra which is the only reason I questioned it needing to be done. This second quote is much more realistic.

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If youre **** like most of us on here, youre going to notice it. And it will drive you nuts. Even with a paint variance camera(takes a digital picture of you paint and gives you the colors that make up your color) you cant always get 100% color match. Even solid colors like black are not made up of one pigment, OB on our Infinitis is made up of 6 or 7 different pigments, mostly black, but red and blue are in it too.

Plastic bumpers usually dont match metal bodypanels to begin with from the factory, they always look a little off. With only painting the fender, its definitely gonna look off compared to the bumper.

If you view your car as a Point A to Point B object, you prob dont care and blending isnt a concern to you. But if you want it to match, have it blended.

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The paint won't match if they don't blend. It's not just fading either, since modern paints don't fade very much. Metal flake in metallic paint lines up in a specific way based on temperature, spraying technique, paint pressure, etc. It's impossible to perfectly replicate the factory conditions in a random shop, so blending is the only way to hide the difference, by smoothing out the transition over a larger area. If it was a car I didn't care about, I'd not blend and just live with the small difference to save $$, but there will be a noticeable difference, especially with metallic paint. If it's non-metallic, the difference may not be noticeable.

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