Blending new paint with old, can it be done?

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Blending new paint with old, can it be done?

Postby Murry_Gen4 » Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:17 pm

Hey guys,

Bought my Liberty and one of the doors has been resprayed, but you can easily tell the difference between the old & new paint. The colour is a light metallic blue

Any way of making it blend with the new/old door by detailing, cut and polish even? or should i just get it resprayed again?
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Re: Blending new paint with old, can it be done?

Postby HardwareBoB » Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:14 pm

Respray.
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Re: Blending new paint with old, can it be done?

Postby Murry_Gen4 » Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:48 pm

Could i cut and polish the other door to hopefully come up looking like the new one?

Perhaps it's just faded a bit over time, the newly sprayed door is more of a vibrant colour
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Re: Blending new paint with old, can it be done?

Postby RX25SE » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:42 am

You could try, but it sounds like the painter did an 'edge to edge' rather than blending the paint into the unpainted door.
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Re: Blending new paint with old, can it be done?

Postby legacydan » Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:41 am

yep sounds like a shitty paint job. no way to fix that really apart from respray.
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Re: Blending new paint with old, can it be done?

Postby muzza » Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:37 pm

The problem with metallic paints is that the little metal flakes lie a certain way when applied in factory, and the whole side is done at once, then when a part is repair painted the sprayer cannot replicate the spray pattern, method or angle to get the flakes to lie quite the same so they don't reflect light equally from all angles.
Most times the better repairers respray the entire side of a car for one door repair to avoid the sometimes obvious change between new and original paint.

Could be the colour is just not matched properly if it's different from all angles? Or old paint has faded a bit, or new paint is cheap and has faded?

Needs a respray to fix either way.

It is even harder with paints that have a "flick", one colour shade from one angle, another shade from another, they really need entire panels and sides respraying at once, adding lots to the cost.
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Re: Blending new paint with old, can it be done?

Postby dle » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:32 pm

Agree with all of the above however I wonder if its as bad as it sounds. Of course blending the opposing panels when painting is best practice but I'm assuming the spray painter had matched the paint code and the colours are 'relatively' the same. You might be able to reduce the day and night difference by properly detailing (paint correction) the whole car/surrounding areas to bring up the finish.

Maybe take some photos so we can have a better understanding.
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