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#1 (permalink) Old 04-04-2009, 08:36 PM
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Paint Color Difference Plastic vs Metal

I have Stone White color. In certain light, especially I notice at sunset, that the color of my paint on the plastic is a different shade than that on the metal. It's fairly significant on the rear bumper wrap vs the rear quarter panel. In other light, can't even tell.

I talked to my detail guy tonight and he thinks that it is not right, but he hasn't seen it in person yet.

So my question is, has anyone else noticed this on their car?

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Absolutley YES!
I thought it was just me, until you brought up this topic. However, you are correct. I have a Silver SRT8, and it does depend on the lighting. There are times when I notice my front/side bumper area looks darker than the rest of the car. But when you walk around the car, depending on the angle, it blends perfectly. A buddy of mine convinced me that I wasn't losing my mind. He said that it is pretty much normal. I guess it's just like you said, metal vs plastic.

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Its alot of factors..metal versus plastic...but also alot fo the parts are painted seperate from the car also...keep in mind it might be the same paint lot..or a change out..its hard to say...but as you say its pretty much the norm!

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I noticed that on the pictures of the B5 Challenger. Had me a little worried, but I just assumed it was the angle.

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That was one of my thoughts, Rangerman. Maybe all the plastic gets painted with one batch then put on the cars with the metal painted from another paint batch. I don't know the car build process, but that would explain it.

If that's the case, then the color mismatch is part of the character of the car and I can live with it. If it was because they did some body work and sold to me as a new vehicle, then I got a problem.
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I think they are all like that. My inferno red has the same colour difference. I guess we will have to live with it.
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We have a Stone white Charger R/T. It had the same problem. The nose was slightly different from the rest of the car, so was the rockers and rear bumper. It's normal for that color. It just shows slightly different on the metal pieces than the plastic.

Get black, and your problem is solved!

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PHEW!! Sorry to resurrect this thread but I have been driving myself absolutely bonkers with this issue. Everytime I look at my HO under the garage lights, I notice the side of the front bumper seems to be a slightly different shade than the metal fender. I was starting to suspect some paint work but I guess this is normal?
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im sorry to bring this back up, but i restore cars and do collision repair work also, but what is going on is that the plastic takes the paint differently, i have painted many fenders and bumpers the same time same day and it still is different
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I haven't noticed it on my White one. All looks good.

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