Bumper color does not match the color of the rest of the car?

In this post we will discuss color mismatch typically seen in plastic parts, color variance will typically be more noticeable on light high metallic colors.

A color can vary depending on the substrate on which it is painted.
For example, the evaporation rate for solvent varies over metal or plastic.
A longer rate gives a flake pigment additional time to “float” and can darken the “face” of the color.

The body may have been painted on a production line at the factory, while other parts, such as the bumper and trim, may have been painted at another location using a different application method.

Light reflects differently on curved and flat surfaces that can sometimes cause the appearance of a color shift.

Alternate formulas or Variances for colors:

Automobile colors may have several alternate or variance colors for any given paint color / code, one of the reasons this occurs is the standard color the manufacturer decides they want to go with is sent to their paint supplier, the paint supplier is allowed a + or – tolerance for the standard paint formula, this tolerance in combination with the above factors can have a definite impact on color match.

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