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Old 01-08-2004, 14:23   #1 (permalink)
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Mercury Silver Colour Matching

I'm interested in hearing from owners of cars in Silver or Mercury silver on the colour matching of their add on body parts. I've had my car in for a substantial amount of time for numerous paint rectifications including attrocious colour matching of the FPV rear bar and tonneu cover.

FPV's stance is that it is indeed poor and they arranged for the bar to be resprayed (obviuously forgetting about the tonneu cover). Unfortunately, the new colour match is inseparable from before and so the problem continues except this time they painted my front bar meaning I now have the problem at both ends (dammit).

having spoken to FPV Customer Service on the phone and explaining how I have put my car alongside an XT and XR in Mercury Silver and they are spot on I was tolds the FPV bar is different material etc. Not good enough. I paid almost $70k so I expect better, not worse.

If you have a BA in Lightning or Mercury please tell me how your colour match looks.

I have attached a photo of my rear bar and tonneu. You will see that despite the photo being low resolution the bar and tonneu are a much darker shade of grey. WASA will vouch for how utterly poor this is. Look closely at the gap/interface just under the tail light.

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Re: Mercury Silver Colour Matching

maybe they're going for that EA GL/Taxi dark grey bumpers look?

Sorry AP. I agree that the match looks pretty poor. Best of luck getting everything (EVERYTHING) sorted to YOUR satisfaction. My uncle was a colour matcher for several car and paint companies in NZ for many years. I've forwarded this thread to him for an opinion. (uhh...yus... thuy ur dufferunt)
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I've got a Lightning Strike XR8 and the color matching of the body parts is spot on, can't see any difference in color shades between the metal and plastic bits.
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Re: Mercury Silver Colour Matching

I think Merc Silver is the No.1 offender for bar/body colour mismatching! I have a Merc Silver XR6t sedan & it is great! However, every 2nd one I see seems atrocious? Seems the luck of the draw?.. Or maybe the old "Friday/Monday" car thing?
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Re: Mercury Silver Colour Matching

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I think Merc Silver is the No.1 offender for bar/body colour mismatching! I have a Merc Silver XR6t sedan & it is great! However, every 2nd one I see seems atrocious? Seems the luck of the draw?.. Or maybe the old "Friday/Monday" car thing?
my Friends dad ordered a xr6 sedan late in 2002 it was mercury silver the dealer couldn,t deliver it on time because they were not happy with the color match on all the plastics, it was all removed and replaced....
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Re: Mercury Silver Colour Matching

Must admit my XR6 T in HgAg (Mercury Silver) was spot on with the colour matching. But I did notice with my EL Royal Blue that under arificial light (flood lights especially)the colour differences between the metal bits and plastic bits was quite noticable.

Hope you get your problems sorted out mate. But as I said my T was pretty good. Have you spoken to a good panel beater about the problem....they may have some good technical info for you to throw back at FPV?
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Re: Mercury Silver Colour Matching

it difficult to get a good match between the 2 different surfaces, the metal will always give you a shinier result due to it being a much faster surface...
i think it is more noticeable on the darker colours, mine being black, it is noticable, also the metallics in the paint would have something to do with it too.
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I have noticed on Dad's Black AU XR that the bumpers and rear spoiler dont match the rest of the body. its not that easy to notice but it is noticeable.
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Re: Mercury Silver Colour Matching

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If you have a BA in Lightning or Mercury please tell me how your colour match looks.QUOTE]

AP, i have a mercury silver BA Ghia. The car is all good, however ive had paint problems in the front bumper bar, the paint seems to be fading/etching away.

I noticed it when it was in the bright sun light. If it hadnt been parked in the "bright" sun, i probably would not have seen. There are now, small
(5mm-12mm) spots, where the paint has actually come off, within a area of 10 square centimetres.

Im onto Brad Garlick Ford, theyre a bit shabby, trying to repaint it through their local Smash Repairs, but im not happy Jan. Ive told them I DEMAND a new bumper, but they refuse.

They (Brad Garlick Ford) said they'll "rectify the paint problems to factory specs, and if the bumper does not comply with the factory specs, then we'll replace it"..........

So far, its booked in for next Tuesday (the 13th January 04). We'll see how it turns out.

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Re: Mercury Silver Colour Matching

Hello AP.

My Mercury Silver GT-P was perfectly colour matched from new.

Unfortunately - I "scratched" the front bumper and it needed repainting. I got the dealer to arrange it was was happy with the colour matching.

Unfortunately - The dealer over extended the front passenger door while removing the DVD player - see separate thread. They repainted the whole side of the car. I am mostly happy with the colour matching with slight notice between front fender and bonnet. But you must look hard AND be told the car was repainted to tell. The judge is still out as to whether I will do anything about it.

Fortunately, I do not have the colour matching problems that you had from new. Hope you had a great xmas and seasons greetings.

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