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Does anyone have experience of painting a car in pearlescent nuvola blue? Or know anywhere who did the job well? I need the front of my car respraying but have heard horror stories about this colour? Apparently a nightmare to match.
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Have you asked your local bodyshop?
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Yeah I've asked a few and they all say it would a nightmare...
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it shouldnt be a nightmare for any colour if the body shop do it right. I just had my bike done and the colour is not available any more - they took a bit of paint off and had it analysed - they then made up the colour so it completely matched the paint which had been there years. Just find a body shop who will analyse the paint which is already there and there shouldnt be any problem
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Nuvola blue is a pearl coat so will always be hard to blend in - depending on how much needs painting and where on the car it is, the body shop might suggest doing the whole thing
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Nuvola blue is a pearl coat so will always be hard to blend in - depending on how much needs painting and where on the car it is, the body shop might suggest doing the whole thing
This is my dilemma; the only part of the car that needs paint is the bonnett & front bumper, the rest is mint. If I get a full car job done, that is expensive, and has the usual hassles of finding someone who will take all the trim and glass off and put it back on properly... i've had so many poor body work jobs done, and so have most people I know. Nothing worse than a car that looks resprayed, or has bits that arent straight or rattle
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I'm not sure that it will be such a problem as long as you are planning to paint full panels. If it was one door that you intended to paint then this would be different as it will always be viewed at the same angle as other painted surfaces next to it (i.e. another door on a 5 door, the rear quarter, the front wing etc).

The bonnet and bumpers are slightly different as mostly of their surface is at right angles to the other panels so the colour will always look different from those they fit next to. With a normal metallic/pearl colour the match is critical and can still be obvious even on surfaces that join together on a curve.

Blowing in a repair or simple touch up would be difficult because you would get a big disparity with the area around the repair but the flip/flop appearance of the paint could potentially help blur the match between panels and make it less of a problem than you might have with other Metallics/Solids/Pearlescent colours.

I always think that Irridescent paints can be a bugger which is why we don't do this type of colour on any of our production parts. They are also difficult to apply because I imagine they are susceptible to variations in application method (how the paint is mixed, what viscosity it has, what type of spray gun is used etc).

I would be happier trying to match Nuvola than Alfa Red!
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Final point. It is unlikely that the bumper supplier used the same paint or same application method as Alfa did for the car body so a good match using different materials can be done with a bit of effort.
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