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    Bumper's color change

    hi all,

    i clayed the rear bumper, applied swirlx, polished and waxed. On the second morning i could clearly notice that the color of the bumper is different from the car's body.

    Any explanation, remedy?

    thanks,

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    Re: Bumper's color change

    It is a very open question.
    Is this a single stage or clear coated?
    Has it been repainted?
    Bumpers are known to carry on a different shade due to the material it is made of and how the paint absorbs. My car has a darker shade on the bumper than the rest of the car, and it is like this new.

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    Re: Bumper's color change

    Yeah, going to have to define "different"?

    Why not do the rest of the car?
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    Re: Bumper's color change

    Could it be that the bumper now looks way nicer than the rest of the car?

    Now seriously, was it replaced or repainted recently? Was it in an accident? Maybe the bumper is single stage and the rest of the car clear coated? Even then, the color should not look THAT different, but you should feel it on the surface, like mine, my bumper's texture feels different from the rest of the car, but color looks pretty much the same, before or after detailing. Some pictures could help.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Bumper's color change

    Are you sure you aren't just noticing it now since everything is all cleaned up and you were looking with a discerning eye?

    I ask in seriousness because it is actually quite common on newer cars with plastic (painted) bumpers to not match the body of the car- sometimes by a few shades.

    A good example is my buddy's 2008 Accord in Pearl White - the bumpers are a good 2-3 shades away, and look more yellow. They came this way from Honda on day 1.

    He didn't notice it either until I detailed his car and he was looking closely. It stems from the different painting processes used for different parts of the car unfortunately.
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    Re: Bumper's color change

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kleis View Post
    A good example is my buddy's 2008 Accord in Pearl White - the bumpers are a good 2-3 shades away, and look more yellow. They came this way from Honda on day 1.
    On new cars, white colored I've notice this as well.

    Other time this happens when the bumper has been repainted.

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    Re: Bumper's color change

    It's really quite common.
    I was told once by a painter that the flex agent added to the paint used on the bumpers was a contributing factor.
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    Re: Bumper's color change

    Another fact is that most bumpers are painted at a different plant than where the vehicle is and at different times and different paint mfg,

    There are some colors that have up to 10 variants to them that is why painters drink.

    A Variant is when the paint mfg has documented a difference in the color and shading of the orig paint code. You will see

    lighter,darker,redder,bluer and so on

    and so on depending on color and tints in that color
    and paint does act different on different materials

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    Re: Bumper's color change

    Quote Originally Posted by SHYNEMAN123 View Post
    Another fact is that most bumpers are painted at a different plant than where the vehicle is and at different times and different paint mfg,

    There are some colors that have up to 10 variants to them that is why painters drink.

    A Variant is when the paint mfg has documented a difference in the color and shading of the orig paint code. You will see

    lighter,darker,redder,bluer and so on

    and so on depending on color and tints in that color
    and paint does act different on different materials
    hi,

    thanks for all you replies, the color of the bumper and car matched prior to the polishing and waxing i did few days ago. i didn't polish the part where the plate is mounted. So now you can see clearly the difference between the plate area and the rest of the bumper and car body.
    As if the white color is bit blueish.

    Do you think if i polish again it will help clean up the blueish tint?

    thanks.

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    Re: Bumper's color change

    So the white where you cleaned/polished/waxed looks blueish?

    The area you did not touch looks clean/dirty, but more white? And then this matches the rest of the car?
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