What Affects Automotive Color Matching

Your car is in an accident, so you bring it to Quanz Auto Body. We repair the damage, find the correct paint, spray it on, shine it up and we’ve finished…right?

That’s the paint repair process in a nutshell, but it’s not that easy.

There are 50,000 to 60,000 car colors on the road today, and the newer your car, the more complicated the paint color. If you can see our work when you get your car back, we haven’t done our job.

So, how do we ensure that is no difference between your car’s original paint and the repaired area? We make sure the paint matches exactly, and here’s how: 

  • Step 1: Find the Basic Color The first step our technicians take is to find your car’s primary color—the name and code of the paint color applied by the manufacturer. Our computer helps us find the correct colors for your specific make and model, so we know we’re starting correctly.
  • Step 2: Find the Perfect Color Many different factors affect the color of your paint over time, including its age, natural fading, etc. There can even be subtle differences on different parts of your vehicle because of the base material the paint is applied over. So, even though we may the correct match for your make and model, we still need to find a more exact match.

At Quanz, we use computerized paint matching to ensure we’re getting the perfect color match for your car. Once your technician is pretty sure they have a match, they use a card sprayed with the color to test and compare.

  • Step 3: Layers and Spray Repainting your car isn’t as simple as spray-and-go. It requires steady pressure and angle (sometimes from a machine, sometimes from a human applicator) and knowledge of how the paint will look over areas of repair and different parts of the car.

Think about painting something other than a car—let’s say you spray paint a chair. Paint is going to collect in corners and look different on curves versus straight sections. The same is true for cars, but there are also layers of paint, epoxy and sealant that can also affect luster and sheen, which ultimate affect how well the color match looks. Each layer needs to be perfect for the result to look indistinguishable from the rest of the car.

At Quanz, our experienced technicians use a computerized system to match our waterborne paint to your car’s color. We are I-CAR Gold Class certified, so you know we have the knowledge and skills to repair your vehicle correctly.

We also offer a limited lifetime warranty on paint finishes to give you added peace of mind. If your car needs paint repair, contact us today to ensure you get the best results possible!