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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 11-09-2010, 11:44 PM
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Paint Company really color matching???

So my DDM bumper is in the shop and I talked to the guy today. He asked me for the color code from under the hood of my car. I told him i couldn't get it for him until tomoro because I won't be near the car till tomoro.

He had told me that he was going to color match to the old bumper.

Why would he need the color code on my stock color if he is color matching the bumper.

I just want the bumper to match the color of my car.

Thanks for any imput buds!
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:53 PM
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He is probably using a paint scanner.

It scans your paint and if it's calibrated correctly it should bring up and exact match.
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:55 PM
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its better to have the code though. When they scan it's a good match but it's not perfect, although scanning will take into effect any minor kind of fading
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:55 PM
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I'd rather have them check the paint that is on the car now with a spectrometer to take into account anything that's happened to the car before you bought it. The best results I've had were with them scanning the paint, not using codes, or doing both to make sure everything's right.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:26 PM
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+1 to Amber.

The code tells them what color your car *was* 12 years ago at the assembly line. A scanner will tell them what it is now.
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