When my first car got rear-ended at a light(low speed)in 2006, the Corvette shop/body guy I took it to wanted to just repaint the clamshell and blend in the chipped areas at the clamshell-to-body seam. The car was Audi silver. I told him he wasn't getting the job unless he painted the whole car.

Needless to say he didn't paint the car. You cannot match metallic silver paint, unless you are lucky. You need to shoot it from the same gun, same location, same mix, and identical humidity and it still may not match panel-to-panel.

I waited four years, color-changed to white via Alan's buddy in PA.

While they repaint the auction car above, they could alter it to a more correct shape too. I'd take mega-money off for both mismatched paint and humpback-looking clamshell. Otherwise, it's a nice car.

Oh yeah good on you I had a BMW for nearly ten years and had a painter fix a small parking lot ding.  I was quite clear with him but as things would have it he decided to take the low road rather than the high road and call me when he ran into trouble on the fix... Needless to say I was not a happy camper and I never went back there. 

 

I’ve had silver cars for 20 years. I really like everything about them... except color-matching a repair.

A truly good high-end insurance shop can do a good color-match more times than not... but nobody can do it every single time, which means a complete respray for tiny stuff like rock chips. I’m scheduled for just such a respray for just such a reason, and am having a super hard time wanting to because the car doesn’t look that bad.

Still... there’s no other way to be 100% sure with silver.  

 

Matching silver metallic (other colors too)  is difficult due to the gun , gun tip , psi, humidity, brand of paint and paint shade variables ...this can be confirmed by the vehicle's VIN number.  I am not sure if they still make "Factory Pack's" which is claimed to be an exact factory color mix. In 99% of the repairs blending into other panels is the SOP. Lastly this all can go afoul in short order if the painter is less than skilled.   My best "story" ..The VW Beetle is a difficult car to do because of all the radius's which make for a great place to have a run or what we called " a hanger" develop. On a  summer night we wet the shop floor down and I painted a red Beetle,  after a couple of coats and surprisingly no " hangers presented" I shut the shop lights so as to not attract bugs. Sitting in the office waiting for the paint to tack for a final coat , Larry mentions that the roofer was there earlier and got up on the shop's old roof to an estimate.  Right then and there, I hear a bang and that turned out to be a small piece of wood from the roof of the shop landing dead center on the Beetle's hood. ….#@*%!  We quickly removed the VW's four 10mm hood hinge bolts, set the hood on a shop cart wiped the new paint away with lacquer thinner and Prep-Sol reshooting the hood......Resale red.

 

ExpensiveNoise posted:

Dallas Motorsports has had that car for sale a number of times over the past few years. I saw it at their shop about a year ago, and they took it to Porsche Palooza in 2017. If I recall, this car was owned by CJ Wilson when he was playing for the Texas Rangers. 

 

I'll go ask him since he lives up the street from me.

Robert M posted:
ExpensiveNoise posted:

Dallas Motorsports has had that car for sale a number of times over the past few years. I saw it at their shop about a year ago, and they took it to Porsche Palooza in 2017. If I recall, this car was owned by CJ Wilson when he was playing for the Texas Rangers. 

 

I'll go ask him since he lives up the street from me.

Turns out that that is his old car.

I was rear ended in my brand new BMW 2002 Ti in 1972. The car was 3 months old. It was the really bright orange color. 6 months after the repair the paint did not match. At the time BMW was just starting to take off in the USA and they could not deliver cars for 6 to 9 months. I was able to sell it for more than I paid for it. $6k. I am sorry to this day I did not make them re-spray the entire car. I was 22 years old and fresh out of College so I thought I was really smart. Opps. Still getting dumber every day. 

 

Robert M posted:
Robert M posted:
ExpensiveNoise posted:

Dallas Motorsports has had that car for sale a number of times over the past few years. I saw it at their shop about a year ago, and they took it to Porsche Palooza in 2017. If I recall, this car was owned by CJ Wilson when he was playing for the Texas Rangers. 

 

I'll go ask him since he lives up the street from me.

Turns out that that is his old car.

Yea, I was pretty sure it was. There was an article in the Dallas Morning News about him and it featured that car. You can still see pictures from that article in google images if you search for "CJ and 550 Spyder".

ExpensiveNoise posted:
Robert M posted:
Robert M posted:
ExpensiveNoise posted:

Dallas Motorsports has had that car for sale a number of times over the past few years. I saw it at their shop about a year ago, and they took it to Porsche Palooza in 2017. If I recall, this car was owned by CJ Wilson when he was playing for the Texas Rangers. 

 

I'll go ask him since he lives up the street from me.

Turns out that that is his old car.

Yea, I was pretty sure it was. There was an article in the Dallas Morning News about him and it featured that car. You can still see pictures from that article in google images if you search for "CJ and 550 Spyder".

His bevy of cars has certainly changed since then. When I walked past his house the other day on my walk he had his McLaren P1, McLaren Senna, and a Ford GT40 out. Probably no more replicas ins garage now. He owns the local Porsche dealership here.

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