Painting a rear door

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  • August 17, 2010 at 1:10 am #23964

    HI all,i am not a painter myself,although i do have a great interest in the art.I really need some good advice from the best painters about the best way to paint the rear drivers side door on an older car that is a family treasure.The door has been damaged,so it needs painted,but i need to know if the painter needs to blend in order to ensure the best possible colour match.How would this be done,would both panels adjacent to the rear door be blended,or would you blend in one direction?Is there anything else that i should be aware of that i can discuss with the painter so that i get a first class result?Iam very apprehensive about the whole process because i have seen cars with badly matching panels and this is the last thing i want to happen.The paint is metallic red,i believe it’s the standard 2 stage?

    August 17, 2010 at 1:12 am #23965

    pictures would help but unless there is room to blend with in the door, it sounds like you’ll wanna blend front door and rear 1/4 panel :unsure:

    August 17, 2010 at 1:18 am #23966

    Thanks man,i thought it would be both panels.Do you know anything about how the blending is done? if the painter blends into the front door and rear panel,does this mean that both these panels are painted completely,or is the colour and clear faded out gradually?

    August 17, 2010 at 1:44 am #23967

    color is faded/blended out, then entire panel cleared :pcorn:

    August 17, 2010 at 1:55 am #23968

    I see,thankyou for the clarification,i don’t know much about the process as you can probably tell :unsure:

    August 17, 2010 at 2:43 am #23969


    Blending is one of our best tools and if done properly will ensure the car looks good as new

    If you want help from some real pro’s head to the 101 they’ll set ya straight :rofl :hij:

    August 17, 2010 at 3:12 am #23970

    Thankyou, i feel much better knowing that there’s great people kind enough to share their knowledge :cheer:

    August 17, 2010 at 3:24 am #23971

    Re blending the rear quarter panel, it will be an ‘edge to edge’ clear, but one of two things will need to happen:

    1. If the roof rail (A pillar, Cant Rail and C pillar) are separated from the roof by a channel line with a moulding, then the refinisher would be best to clear that whole roof rail section (to the base of the A pillar).

    2.If the C pillar runs into the roof with no break line, the refinisher will need to initiate a fade out blend of the clear, so it melts into the existing clearcoat. The blend will finish somewhere around 70-80% towards the top of the C pillar.

    Technically, option 2 is not a true edge to edge repair, however there is no other option in this instance other than to paint the entire roof, opposing roof rail and opposing rear quarter. Much easier, cheaper and more practical to do a fade out blend!


    August 17, 2010 at 3:50 am #23972

    Thankyou,very detailed info.The car is a Hatchback,so i think that means there is a break from the c pillar to the roof? :unsure: would this make things easier for the painter?

    August 17, 2010 at 4:33 am #23973

    [b]ashabieberman wrote:[/b]
    [quote]Thankyou,very detailed info.The car is a Hatchback,so i think that means there is a break from the c pillar to the roof? :unsure: would this make things easier for the painter?[/quote]

    Have you talked to the person who is painting the car? I am sure if you have a qualified professional doing the work that they will be able to answer your questions as well.

    Although it is always good to do your homework and understand the process first.

    Good luck 😉

    August 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm #23983

    Yes i have talked it over briefly,but i thought that the more i know about the process the better.I can now discuss it in more depth,as i understand things better.Many thanks to you and everyone else who has helped me :cheer:

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