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Old 03-13-2005, 15:52   #1 (permalink)
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colur matching

Hi all,
I need someone with a silver (lighning strike) ghia to check something for me.
On my ghia the bumpers seem to be a very slight shade difference, only really visible in bright sunlight, to the rest of the car. Dealer is trying to tell me the usual "they are like that" story, so need someone to confirm please.
Would be very grateful if some others could check and post back.
Not a real drama by itself, but I have had so many issues with the rest of the car, I am beginning to suspect something is not quite right here.
thanks again
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Old 03-13-2005, 16:00   #2 (permalink)
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Re: colur matching

Unfortunately this time I think they are "...all like that..."

Mines supposedly colour-coded Indiana but the plastic bits aren't the same shade Indiana as the metal bits.

If you start looking closely at other Terri's you'll soon discover that Ford's colour matching leaves a lot to be desired.
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Re: colur matching

My Lightning Strike Territory was the same, as was my XR8 in the same color. Plastic and metal seem to take paint differently resulting in slightly different shades.
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Re: colur matching

I believe different paint is used one is acrylic and one enamel - can't remember which goes where but there have been a number of posts complaining about Ford's colour matching of the two paints.

Another thing for you to do is look at your car from about a 30 degree angle when it is in the sun and you'll see all the stripes from the spray guns when the paint was applied.

Ford really don't have a very good paint shop at the moment...
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Re: colur matching

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I believe different paint is used one is acrylic and one enamel - can't remember which goes where ...
The metal is painted with a water based paint and the plastic with a thinners based.

My Lightening strike Ghia is the same.
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Old 03-14-2005, 02:50   #6 (permalink)
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Re: colur matching

My Lightning Strike Ghia has the same slight variation in colour. It's not something that stands out, only when you look at certain angles. Check silver Audi A4s for mismatching where the bumper meets the body, most of the ones I've seen are much worse than the Territory. Not something that's going to worry me at this stage.
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Old 03-14-2005, 03:55   #7 (permalink)
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My Lightning Strike Ghia has the same slight variation in colour. It's not something that stands out, only when you look at certain angles. Check silver Audi A4s for mismatching where the bumper meets the body, most of the ones I've seen are much worse than the Territory. Not something that's going to worry me at this stage.
Thanks a lot guys, That sets my mind at ease. I was mainly worried about resale value as it may look like the bumpers have ben replaced, but if they are really all like that I guess it don't matter.

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At least yours is close. The paint matching on the bottom half of my TX is way off.......
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I have an envi one and the colour is pretty dam close, (near perfect) however when I saw a mandarin one where the colour was mismatched and the orange peel in the paint on the rear bumper was horrific.
Never buy a car that was made on a Friday.
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At least yours is close. The paint matching on the bottom half of my TX is way off.......
Yeah theres a lot running around like that - especially the TX's and TS's.

Some are so bad I swear they look like they're two tone
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