As car manufacturers has converted from metal / chrome bumpers to plastic bumpers for quite some time now, the one major challenge that new car dealers and body shop has to face is educating the general public why there is a difference in colour between the bumper........
As car manufacturers has converted from metal / chrome bumpers to plastic bumpers for quite some time now, the one major challenge that new car dealers and body shop has to face is educating the general public why there is a difference in colour between the bumper and the adjacent metal panels of the vehicle. In the assembly line, plastic bumpers are usually painted separately from the body of the vehicle – in most cases at a different location as well! This is due to the fact that the plastic bumpers will not withstand the higher bake process that the metal part of the vehicle can. Because of the different application process, this can result in colour mismatch.
In most cases, a vehicle owner does not notice this difference until they are in need of a bumper repair or repaint. Flakey, dark or light appearance is usually the most noticeable between the bumper and the body of the vehicle either coming out from the factory or after a refinish. In some cases, the colour might look very good at one angle and totally different from another angle. As seen in the picture of this blog, this vehicle is a lighter coloured vehicle which usually highlights the colour mismatch the most; and also being a 2014 vehicle brand new off the lot. As you can / might be able to see that there is a slight lighter variation in colour on the bumper vs the ¼ panel of the vehicle.
As an auto body collision repair shop in Vancouver, we are faced with this difficult challenge to provide the best colour match possible. Hence in all cases prior to a repair and or refinish, we do make our clients aware of this colour match issue.