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Old 01-04-2012, 04:53 AM   #1
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Default Anyone use the oem color spray paint

Had to replace right front fender on 2002 Saturn SL2. Need to repaint it. Anyone ever used the aerosol spray paint can? Not looking for professional just a close match.

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Old 01-04-2012, 05:00 AM   #2
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I used one that was supposed to be a perfect match on one of the popup headlights on a purple ford probe I had. It wound up looking like a hooker with too much eye shadow on one eye (Same color but darker), but it was a helluva lot cheaper than taking it to a shop and getting them to paint it.

What can it hurt to try? Give it a test spray, see if it matches, or at least is tolerably within range, and if so go to town. If not how much are you out? 5-10 bucks?

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Old 01-04-2012, 05:20 AM   #3
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Had to replace right front fender on 2002 Saturn SL2. Need to repaint it. Anyone ever used the aerosol spray paint can? Not looking for professional just a close match.
I had the exact problem had to replace my right passenger fender so I sanded it and primed it, I went to autozone and the employee said to get this grey paint color can and that it would match perfectly. Turns out he was wrong when I painted the fender it seemed to match, but when it completely dried it was a Goldish sparkly color -__- so I just reprimed my fender and my spoiler because the paint was chipping, doesn't look to bad, point is make sure you test the color before painting!

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Old 01-04-2012, 05:21 AM   #4
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What color is your car? All paints fade in the sun, some colors more so than others. Reds seem to fade the fastest, blues and purples next, and so on. So the color will not be a perfect match, but may be close enough depending on the color. Sidneyak is right, for a $6 can it might be worth it.

I have a dark red wagon that had two damaged doors and a broken rear quarter panel. I replaced the doors with JY red doors, and painted the grey qtr panel with OEM red spray paint. The sprayed panel was darker than the doors, but is really only visible in bright sunlight, with the sun at an angle to the side of the body. Only then can you see the mismatch. Most of the time it all looks one color.

So you might get lucky and it will look good.
Even if it is not a perfect match, it will probably look better than the original damaged part.

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Old 01-04-2012, 06:27 AM   #5
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Thank you folks. Sounds like its worth the effort.

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Old 01-04-2012, 09:44 AM   #6
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Most auto paint stores will mix your paint and put it in a spray can. Give them your paint code which can be found on the spare tire cover.

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Old 01-04-2012, 09:47 AM   #7
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What color is your car? All paints fade in the sun, some colors more so than others. Reds seem to fade the fastest, blues and purples next, and so on. So the color will not be a perfect match, but may be close enough depending on the color. Sidneyak is right, for a $6 can it might be worth it.

I have a dark red wagon that had two damaged doors and a broken rear quarter panel. I replaced the doors with JY red doors, and painted the grey qtr panel with OEM red spray paint. The sprayed panel was darker than the doors, but is really only visible in bright sunlight, with the sun at an angle to the side of the body. Only then can you see the mismatch. Most of the time it all looks one color.

So you might get lucky and it will look good.
Even if it is not a perfect match, it will probably look better than the original damaged part.
The origional color of my car is unknown the i am the fourth owner and the car is without the paint sticker. But currently the car is grey but shows signs it was once black. I plan of repainting her black matte soon.

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Old 01-04-2012, 11:42 AM   #8
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The origional color of my car is unknown the i am the fourth owner and the car is without the paint sticker. But currently the car is grey but shows signs it was once black. I plan of repainting her black matte soon.
Go to a good quality automotive paint store, not a general parts store. They have a hand held color match tool. They will shoot the car, find the original paint code and then adjust the color for the age related fade. They will mix the paint and clear coat and put it into a good spray can for you. The color and shade will match. This is not hard, you just have to go to the correct store. Look in the local area for automotive paint supplies then make some calls.

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Old 01-06-2012, 03:14 PM   #9
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Had issues with my paint job on my 97SL. For the door panel and rear quarter panel I was lucky enough to get a replacement at my local pick & pull. Everything matched perfectly and you could never tell. But for the long, narrow panels above my doors and the front paint between my headlights, I went to NAPA and they mixed the color for me in a spray can. The gray matched perfectly but I had one problem. The only way I could even get close to the original gloss level on my car was to apply the paint at a closer distance and a little heavier. When I did that, I did two or three coats. But using the heavier coats, to gain the shine, it tended to re-wet the previous coat, and the metal-flake "flowed" and gathered instead of being uniform over the whole job. Still, not that noticeable and I figure that it is probably better looking than to have dull paint. (That was using a spray paint that had the paint and "top coat" all in the same can) You may be able to get the sheen up by topping with just a top coat, don't know. But you'd have to ask the paint store about that. Cheap paint ends in a cheap-looking job. Good luck.

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Old 01-06-2012, 04:48 PM   #10
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NAPA should have told you that those paints are a 2 part process, color coat followed by a clear coat. The OEM Saturn finish is also a 2 part process. Junk yard parts match best because they have about the same age and UV exposure as your originals. If you get a new fresh paint mix there will be a color difference due to the age and UV exposure difference. There are several ways to deal with this but the easiest is to goto a automotive paint store that has the color match computer system and they can custom mix a color coat that matches what is on your car today. You will still need to clear coat it though.

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Old 01-06-2012, 04:56 PM   #11
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NAPA should have told you that those paints are a 2 part process, color coat followed by a clear coat. The OEM Saturn finish is also a 2 part process. Junk yard parts match best because they have about the same age and UV exposure as your originals. If you get a new fresh paint mix there will be a color difference due to the age and UV exposure difference. There are several ways to deal with this but the easiest is to goto a automotive paint store that has the color match computer system and they can custom mix a color coat that matches what is on your car today. You will still need to clear coat it though.
I guess that's all they had at the time? I asked a couple of times and was assured that the top coat or "shine" was a one step deal and that no top coat was needed. But then, the guy was new-----------

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It's a lot less hassle, and usually cheaper, to find a fender from a same-color car. You can do a nationwide search on http://www.car-part.com , and have it shipped (weighs aprx. 12 lb). Shipping is less expensive than painting.

I heard from a body-shop painter once that red changes the most (usually chalks, but I seldom see that on Saturns) because it's furthest in frequency/wavelength from the UV end of the spectrum, and thus absorbs the most UV light. Purples and blues tend to change the _least_, because they reflect the most UV light rather than absorbing it. Oranges, yellows, greens would be in between, in the order in which they appear on the rainbow. Dunno how grayscale colors (white, gray, silver, black) and more complex colors (copper, gold, brown) fit in.

Thing is, if you find a donor car of the same color, of about the same vintage, there's a good chance that any color change it has experienced will be pretty close to yours. My purple wagon has spent most of its years outside in Wisconsin, and when it was 10 years old, I put a fender and door panel from a local salvage car, and a quarter panel from a car in NC. Even in the best light, there's no telling the difference.

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The amount of fade is a function of the color-fastness of the pigment. Red pigment has poor color-fastness. This is true of red dye also. The organic violet dyes and all the metallic dyes have the highest color-fastness.

A red paint tends to fade to a pink color over time. Any paint that has a red hue in it will eventually lose the red.

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"Color-fast" was the term I was looking for; it's determined in great part by the relative reflection vs. absorption of UV. A couple old friends of mine, in their "too young to be hippies" days, drove an old Ford Courier pickup that was so Pepto-Bismol pink that you would never know it was once red, until you opened the door.

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Cost wise..try it and see how close it is, and if you like it.

If you really want the better match, try the JY...then sell your fender on CL. There will always be someone out there that just wants to replace a cracked panel regardless of color!

I've got a dark green door and fender, and a grey primed hatch on my light green Subaru. I opted for rust free right now. It'll get painted in spring.

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"Color-fast" was the term I was looking for; it's determined in great part by the relative reflection vs. absorption of UV. A couple old friends of mine, in their "too young to be hippies" days, drove an old Ford Courier pickup that was so Pepto-Bismol pink that you would never know it was once red, until you opened the door.
I remember that color well... Red was first available as a factory paint color after WW-2 and most faded to pink in only 1 or 2 years in south Kansas sun.

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