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#1 ste3po

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:15 PM

Hi everyone,

I have recently been doing some jobs to my mini I bought last October, and is now running great.

However I am now looking at getting his paint back up to scratch, which means matching the colour. A previous owner decided not to keep the original for the 1991 rover mini city e - JPD Henley Blue. Whoever did it, didn't do a great job either, what i believe to be poor prepping.

I have tried to look locally (West Yorkshire) to see if there was anyone to match the colour of the paint but I have had no such luck so far as most need the paint code.

 

Therefore if you have any ideas on the colour or if you know anywhere that can match paint, please let me know! Apoligies for the image attached, the day I took it probably wasn't the best for images of the paintwork.

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:19 PM

dont trust anyone's opinions on what colour it is, you will inevitably end up with non matching panels! paint matching services aren't uncommon, most body shops will have someone they use for it, look up local body shops and ask around. you'll have to supply a panel for reference but the matches are usually spot on. I had mine matched (custom colour by previous owner) and it was perfect.



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 11:57 AM

I was never going to take anyone's opinion for the definitive answer, was more curious. What panel could i provide? The car is not stored in a garage so can't really remove any to provide, though I can obviously drive the car to them, can they just match it with the car there (from your experience)? 



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 01:21 PM

i provided my boot lid at the time. yeah im sure you could arrange to drive there and do it, all depends on what they say!



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 01:24 PM

bootlid is easiest. bonnet is an option but can have alignment issues once you've removed it and refitted etc.

 

On my golf, I removed fuel filler cap and the kid in paint shop matched it with the paint chip samples. No fancy gizmos.

 

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:01 PM

A good paint supplier should have a scanner or have a rep to come and look at your paint, the scanner looks like camera and will come up with the closest match possible, if you don't know code of paint that was used doing it by eye is not very easy as there are so many diff shades of same colour,





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