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Old 12-08-2013, 11:35 AM
 
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I am planning to buy a front fender for my Nissan Frontier pickup since the original has a dent in it

Replacement N220111 Fender | Auto Parts Warehouse

This part comes primered but my question is how can I get it painted factory matched to the original paint on my truck. Which is the best place to do it.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:37 AM
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I am planning to buy a front fender for my Nissan Frontier pickup since the original has a dent in it

Replacement N220111 Fender | Auto Parts Warehouse

This part comes primered but my question is how can I get it painted factory matched to the original paint on my truck. Which is the best place to do it.
just call local paint shops in your area find out which one has a better price and a good reputation, and dont forget about availability, but seeing as it's such a small piece you should be able to get it done quickly. the paint color code in on the door sticker when you open the driver side door.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Here
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Any reputable body shop will do it. Call around.

Even then, it will be hard to match it 100% due to the age of the rest of the car.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:47 AM
 
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Any reputable body shop will do it. Call around.

Even then, it will be hard to match it 100% due to the age of the rest of the car.
nah...they will blend the color into the adjacent panels...you will never know the difference..at least your eyes won't.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:46 PM
 
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nah...they will blend the color into the adjacent panels...you will never know the difference..at least your eyes won't.
I could tell when they painted a little spot near my rear quarter on my Acura before....Maybe I was just too particular
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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Just don't take it to a Maaco type place if you intend to keep the vehicle longer than 2 yrs or so. Their paint jobs always end up cracking/flaking off.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:07 PM
 
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Just don't take it to a Maaco type place if you intend to keep the vehicle longer than 2 yrs or so. Their paint jobs always end up cracking/flaking off.
Not necessarily. I've had 2 spot paint jobs done on cars by Maaco that lasted for the duration of ownership(>5 years for both). In my experiences, if the paint job looks "right" when they do it, you shouldn't have a problem. If it looks like crap when they do it, then yeah, you're going to have issues if you accept it.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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Not necessarily. I've had 2 spot paint jobs done on cars by Maaco that lasted for the duration of ownership(>5 years for both). In my experiences, if the paint job looks "right" when they do it, you shouldn't have a problem. If it looks like crap when they do it, then yeah, you're going to have issues if you accept it.
A spot is different than a whole piece, in this case an entire fender. They have no existing paint on the part to blend into, and for the new paint to adhere to.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:18 PM
 
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A spot is different than a whole piece, in this case an entire fender. They have no existing paint on the part to blend into, and for the new paint to adhere to.
I always thought spot work was more difficult than painting a whole panel?
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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I always thought spot work was more difficult than painting a whole panel?
It's only more difficult in color matching. As far as adhesion goes, factory paint that is sanded and primed around the spot is great for new paint to stick to. That's not necessarily the case with a new, primed bumper.
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