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Will the Insurance Company pay to make sure your color matches?

This question is in the top 5 questions asked during the estimating and claims process.

We will drill down and touch on this subject so you as the Claimant/Insured understand.

During the repair process, we get the paint code (factory color number) from the car, look up the number or call the paint supplier.  Sometimes colors are mixed in house, sometimes the supplier will mix up the paint using the factory formula.

After viewing the color chip in the color book, we can check for variations in the shade, the flop or the way the color casts.  In other words, looking at the color from various angles to determine match (and you thought it was just the color).  With today's metallic (actually the flakes are ceramic now), the flake will effect the way a color looks after it is applied.

If there seems to be a known issue, experience tells us some colors are always problematic, we do what is called a “Let Down Panel”, basically spraying the mixed color on a card to hold next to the original paint, this process will determine the quality of match and how much blend room will be needed or if a blend is even possible, in extreme cases, a color can be so far off, it has to be remixed or an alternate is used.

This process of making sure your color matches is in fact covered under most insurance companies.

On average, they do provide additional time for extra steps to insure your get a proper OEM style color match.  In extreme cases a supplement is files for additional time, in both cases our Body Shop and Your Insurance Company both want to do the best repair possible.

Some of the other techniques used for color matching?  See spot blends and panel blending.

Color Matching and Insurance