Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum - Reply to Topic
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Third Generation > MK3 Focus > Is it normal for cars of today to have bumpers slightly off color than the body?

MK3 Focus The place to chat about general questions, window tinting, exterior body, interior and lighting upgrades for the third generation 2012-Current Focus.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Thread: Is it normal for cars of today to have bumpers slightly off color than the body? Reply to Thread
Title:
  
Message:
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
08-07-2013 08:50 PM
focus wht The bumpers are not painted at the assembly plant with the whole vehicle. The bumpers are pre painted at the parts suppliers and shipped to Ford for final assembly on the vehicles. This is why there may be slight variations in colour due to different batches at different plants. If you have a sharp eye you will notice the same on painted door handles and mouldings and mirror caps all prepainted from separate suppliers and installed on vehicles during final assembly . Nothing to worry about so slight variations in shades.
08-07-2013 08:36 PM
sanford12 Sadly it's very common to have noticeable difference in shade. I've seen it from every maker but some are better than others. Some colors are easier to match than others with metallics being harder to match. The fascias on my Focus are a couple shades darker than the body, not enough to put me in a tizzy.
08-07-2013 06:36 PM
CunFFS13 I'm in the same dilemma here, sterling gray body paint, I have always notice a slight difference in color
05-29-2013 02:28 PM
sprcoop My wife's Candy Blue front bumper matched perfectly from the factory. An idiot backed into her (under 2000 miles on the car) and had to have it repainted. Not even close now, darker. I complained and they handed me he PPG pamphlet claiming normal. I think PPG put that out just so body shops would have an out.
05-29-2013 05:00 AM
flyboyike
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheGlassMaker View Post
I think its a different color because plastic is bull shit. Even I've painted cars and with little knowledge on how to correctly paint a car I still could match the colors correctly. Its due to the bumpers being else where off the car and the paint wasn't mixed correctly. If you paint with the same batch, it will match.
This problem seems to be particularly glaring with Corvettes. In fact, I'm yet to see so much as ONE C5 or later Corvette whose rear fascia matches the body.
05-23-2013 08:17 PM
TheGlassMaker I think its a different color because plastic is bull shit. Even I've painted cars and with little knowledge on how to correctly paint a car I still could match the colors correctly. Its due to the bumpers being else where off the car and the paint wasn't mixed correctly. If you paint with the same batch, it will match.

Now over time it may fade different but I doubt it.
05-23-2013 07:02 PM
jmcrides03 also keep in mind the plastic for the bumpers is black the primer on the car is gray or white. with colors like red and white that do not cover well it will appear darker because the diffrence in the color of the base material.
05-23-2013 11:21 AM
dragonpalm 2013 white platinum metallic tri-coat here.

I've always noticed a slight difference in color from the bumpers and the body on my car. I even pointed it out to the salesman when I was shopping. We looked at several different models (mustang, fusion, etc.) and all of them had a minor color shade difference on the bumper and body, with the bumper usually a bit darker than the body. It is more noticeable on some colors like white platinum. Like others have pointed out, the difference is because the bumper is plastic.
05-23-2013 10:06 AM
TheGlassMaker Same here never had a problem with mine, I think I've had four cars with plastic bumpers now. I've never had a problem. Cavalier (blue), integra (red,black, silver), focus (liquid gray), and mazda (black). Like I said eailer the only car I've ever noticed a huge difference in the sun, is a factory comp orange focus.
05-23-2013 09:38 AM
JasDmw Had my front bumper cover repainted under warranty. There was a significant difference (sterling grey). Not much better after the re-paint, though. You'd think by now they would have figured out how to have colours match better after this many years of painting plastics! Remember Saturn; parts came from all over and those colours seemed to be pretty much the same. Had the bumper cover on our Lexus RX repainted and they were able to match it 100%, and that's after 3 years. So, maybe it's a quality (read $) thing?
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:20 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Audi S3, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. Challenger Hellcat - Charger Hellcat