A defector, but
still an Alfista at
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Poole, Dorset
A good independent car accessory place quite near me does a paint mixing service, similar to the ones in places like Homebase for DIY stuff. I tried the Alfa dealer for touch-up paint for the 159 I used to own, they didn't have Stromboli Grigio in stock, said they'd be getting some in, and did I want them to phone me when it arrived? When they told me the price, I said they needn't bother. The car place did me a small plastic bottle while I waited, all they needed was the Alfa code number. There's about twenty times as much as the AR touch-up pen for slightly less money, and it was a pretty good match. One tip though, always use a decent quality paintbrush, not the crappy thing that's fixed into the cap with these things. If you have the right number, they can do paint for absolutely anything, and the machine checks if you've got it right by showing the name. I'd guess that this service is quite widely available, though places like Halfords don't seem to do it.
On your brake squeek, it sounds like glazed pads to me, try using them a bit more and doing some hard stops, that usually cures a mild case of squeek.
Last edited by kayem; 28-10-12 at 12:49.