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Need Advice... blending/matching Brilliant Red (archive)

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Posted by Jonathan on July 20, 2001 at 12:41:14:

I brought my recently purchased '90 BMW M3 into a local shop to get an estimate on touchup work. The car is still original "brilliant red" which I beleive is a single stage finish. There are a couple minor creases (windblown door)and vandalism ("keying") that I want to get taken car of professionally. But I would like to avoid a total repaint and am concerned with being able to match and blend the red properly.

I visited a local autobody shop that does alot of BMW restoration for BMW car club members. They advised me that even though the original finish was single-stage, they always use 2-stage for blending as it yields better results. They claimed that by blending a single stage... that even after color sanding and buffing there would be a visible ring. I'm concerned that if they blend using a clear that there will be a noticable difference in depth and gloss between old and new paint.

Does this sound like a good approach for matching/blending to an original Brilliant Red finish?

Thanks in advance,


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