Join Date: Feb 2009
idealy blending all adjacent panels would create the best color match (hood,door, bumper, a pillar post). Given your lack of experiance, id stay away from the hood if you can. You can probably stay away from the post and bumper as well. blending the door will be fine. you should try spraying what they call a "drop blend" across the door. Basically painting half the door diagonally. for example if its the passanger side door your color will ALMOST reach the far left bottom corner and just before the mirror closest to the fender. CAUTION: DONT SPRAY DIAGONALLY. what i mean is dont spray from the mirror to the bottom corner in a line.... start at the top of the door and go right to left to kind of "fan out" the line
silvers tend to have dark sidetones causing them to look darker than they really are. also to add to what eyesore said about bumpers, rather than the alternates being an issue, colors tend to appear different depending on the material for example bumpers, fender flares mirrors etc...can all look different cause theyre plastic, where the metal panels look better to eachother. ive done cars where i finished a whole side and the bumper looks different than the fender, even though i used the same paint the same time i was spraying the fender... so things happen.
and no matter how obvious it is or how much you think you wont do it... DONT HIT THE MIRROR , not when your puting the base down and ESPECIALLY with the clear... and if the silver starts looking cloudy or "mottling" (basically like black clouds or streaks in the paint) then try pulling the gun alittle further away from the panel or speed up the pass... silver is a PIA definatly not a good starter color lol
any questions feel free to ask... take your time and be careful use your brain and it should go fairly easy. good luck and post pics when your doin it