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Check this out guys. After 16 months of body prep and engine and front end rebuilding by 70 Boss 302 was ready for paint. Decided to go basecoat/clear. Since it's a sold color (grabber yellow) I painted it disassembled. I first bought 1& 1/2 gallons of paint and did the inside and under the hood and fenders and on top of the hood and trunk. Looked like I was not going to have enough paint left so I bought 1/2 gal more and mixed it with what I had left. I painted the rest of the Boss. One of the best paint jobs I ever did, smooth as glass but here's the catcher. I reassemble the car and the colors don't match. In the sun the hood is a beautiful grabber yellow and the rest of the car looks like a not quite ripe banana. Really looks like CRAP. I've decided to re-paint but I haven't talked to the paint store. Don't know quite what to say. I don't feel it was my fault but I should have known better than to mix paint. $400 down the drain plus all the prep work again.
What do you guys suggest? Hopefully someone can learn from this.
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I am no expert, but you always are going to have some subtle differences when you buy a mix paint. It isn't the paint stores fault in my opinion. You would have been better off buying another 1.2 gallon and mixing (boxing as it's called) it all, then re-painting the whole thing.

It's the same for house paint, it just doesn't suck so bad if one side of the house isn't exactly the same as the other (and a lot less noticeable).

The good news is that you know how much paint it will take to paint it again.

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It is your fault, paints never are mixed the exact same way twice. It is sooo important to buy more than you need if you are wondering if you will have enough. Also when you paint everything separately you have the possibility of having different drying conditions for each part causing different out comes. That is too bad. I am sorry to hear that but all that you will have to now is scuff and throw on another coat and all should be well. Talk to the guys at the paint store (they probably have heard it all before) and see what the recommend. It is also quite possible that they did mess up and gave you a different color the second time. Look on the can and they should have a mix print out.
 

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david, david, david

why didn't you email me first!!! been there, done that. you ALWAYS mix ALL the paint to come up with one consistent color and THEN set at least a pint to a quart aside for touchup, minor fender benders. At any rate, did you already apply the clearcoat? If not, it is simply a matter of wet sanding down the entire car and reapplying the basecoat. if you have applied the clearcoat, you MAY be apply to wet sand it also and reapply the basecoat IF you took all the old paint off from before. What paint did you use? Paints such as Dupont and PPG have websites with all the tech data on their various types of paints that tell you what you can AND can't do. let me know....

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Just buy two qts (it'll mix to a gallon with the reducer) Mix it ALL together. Then scuff & shoot the entire car, then clear it. I've had paint not to match before. Several reasons, bad match, different primer color, different amount of coats. So many things can cause this. I would always paint a car with it together. Always mix all the paint together. Just be glad it's your car & not a customer!

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In my opinion it is somewhat the mixers fault.The scales they use to mix the paint can tell the difference in two drops of tinter. On the other hand in my experince I too don't use two different mix batches. There are just too many other varyables ,coverage,air presure,humidity,temperature and how heavy a guy lays it on. So a guy doesn't need to have to think about batch mixes to. I've even painted another part a day later using the same can of paint and had a mismatch.You have got to hold your face just right and pray [ a bunch] Good Luck and have FUN
 
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