Blending Automotive Paint Explained


– Hey this is Donnie Smith. And today we’re gonna
discuss blending paint. Now blending paint is the
process of if you have a car that’s been involved in a
accident and you may have to blend adjacent panels or you
can blend within the panel. But it’s just a process of
making the color or the car look invisible like it
had an invisible repair. You don’t wanna see a color difference. You don’t want to tell if
the new panel’s been painted. You want it to look exactly
the same and blending is the technique to do that. (flashing logo) Okay if I was to ask you how
many colors of the silver’s on here how many would you say? How many would you say? – [Participant] One. – One. Okay. Now if I hold this one up
how many colors of silver would you say? – [Participant] Two. – Two. And the truth is that these
are the exact same colors, both panels. Is that a match there? – [Participant] (can’t hear reply) – Okay that’s a good match. Well let’s flips this around. Is that a match? Does that match? – [Participant] (can’t hear reply) – Okay. What about those two? Are those a good match? – [Participant] (can’t hear reply) – What about those two? – [Participant] (can’t hear reply) – So these two ends match
and these two ends match. However those two different
colors and this is one. That’s because this one’s been blended and this one hasn’t. This is what you would call a bud match. So if you painted a door on
a car and you painted it with this color and this is
the color of the car, that’s what it’s gonna look like. But obviously this one’s tinted
off a little further than it should be for this purpose.. If you’ll notice I left this
tape on here and you can see where this has just got
clear coat on top of it. And then this has got the paint, solid paint. Big difference. Now if you look at this one
you can see where it was all this color to begin with. So it was this color right here. And you can start to seein’ a
little bit of silver and dark silver until it’s full hiding over here. So you can kinda see that
with this blue tape on here. And you can’t really see
where it’s blended at. Yes basically a an illusion
you know that fools the eye into believing that this is
one color but actually it’s exactly like that. We put ’em up to each other, now you can probably see how it changes. Now if you wanna see the
blending process itself, I’ve got a video if you’ll
click right up here. And it’ll go through all the steps. Now in that video I’m using a
clear to help that transition. In this one there happens to be no clear, I just used straight
paint to make this blend. But you can especially if you’re doing a fake job or something. You can mix your paint
with some base clear to help that transition. And that’ll make the base
coat more translucent to help that transition. But this is just solid paint. I painted it all this top color. I painted ’em, I painted the whole
panel with this top color on both of these. I blended here, you can see it with that
tape like I explained. And here I’ve done ’em gut match. So that kinda talks about the
blending process and how that can fool the eye and where you
think that that is a better match than it really is. Now whenever I was making that
blending video you know I’ve had some people mention that
this make them mad that you know shops are doing this
and they’re not really doing a good job. But really if you have a shop
that’s gonna blend they are doing a good job. Because a bud match, it totally not gonna be that far off. I mean that’s really bad when
we did it for this purpose. But if the mount metallic
even lays down a little bit different I mean you’re
gonna tell a little bit of difference between the two, you know the door and fender or whatever. So really I would want
them to do a blend job. And what they do is they’ll
blend in so this other panel or if they’re blending in
within same panel like this, and then they’ll clear
coat the whole panel. That way you can’t really
tell where it’s been painted. And I wouldn’t be upset that
the you know color may be a little off and they had to
do this to make it match. Because metallics you know
they can be very tricky, and pearls and all that. And like I said just
that spraying technique. You know we may spray
a little bit different than the factory does. Or you know there’s a lot of
things that go into that that you know air pressure that makes that, that may make that metallic
lay down just a little bit different to give it
that bud match appearance like it doesn’t match. So anyway that kinda explains blending. Again if you haven’t seen that
blending video be sure and go over there where I’m actually
out there spraying a fender and you know going through the process. And in the video I’m actually
going through the process showing you how to if you
even want to break it down a little bit more and do
like a custom fake job. But anyway that wraps up this video. Thanks for watching. Be sure and go down leave us a comment. Like this video. And I’ll talk to you next time.