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Hi, I've got a metallic red (burdundy) 2.0 lusso which I picked up last November. The dealer (non Alfa) had the driver door resprayed for me when I pointed out the line of numerous small dents due to idiots in carparks. The respray looked fine back then but lately the door is starting to look darker/duller than the front and rear wings. I can't decide whether the door has gone darker or the wings have faded. The car stands outside 24 hours a day. Would the Alfa paintwork fade so quickly, or is it possible that the paint shop use bad paint??
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wouldn't think to hard about it dude..take it back to where you had it done...its not even been a year...and tell em you aint fecking happy...and that your a little bit wired and a little bit tired and you want it fecking put right

that should do it

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Re: colour mismatch

If you have not "waxed" the car then the paint will have faded slighly in 1 year..

It is also very "dicey" painting just one panel on a car as it is impossible to use the exact same pigment formulation as was used in the factory.
The paint will therefore fade at a different rate and can look different under various light conditions (metameric problem) .
You really have to paint the whole side of the car in order to prevent these problems.
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Yes.. metallic paint needs a lot of care.

The chances are the newly painted side has started to fade.. the trader would not necessarily use the best paint shop in town for his cosmetic pre-sale work.

You can try getting a proper paint shop to do it again, if the trader doesn't want to know.

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Cheers for the replies. I'm loathe to ask the dealer to get it re-painted as they'll probably just use the same paint shop. It does look a bit duller than the rest of the paintwork though, so I'm sure its the newer paint going off rather than the Alfa paintwork fading...don't get much sun up here in West Yorkshire!
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