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I'm thinking about going the painted grill route rather then the V-grill but I know from a while back that color matching with the Blue Chip paint isn't that easy, what paint did you use on your grill to match it or was it professionally matched n' painted??
 

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It's not that it's that hard to match. In my case, it was that my dealer just switched to a new paint vendor (to Sherwin Williams from DuPont). They took two weeks, and painted it three times, with the paint engineer flying in from Sherwin Williams to advise until it was right. Now that they have it figured out, I'm certain that it will be perfect next time (when I get a V rear bumper).

It cost me a bundle (they kept to their estimate, even though it took them much longer to fix), but it was done right. Mine now looks perfect and is indistinguisable from the other factory painted panels. I also got a lifetime color match guarantee.

Get a spare grill and have them paint it until it matches. It's their problem to fix, if it's not right, even if you go to Maaco. Do the install yourself.

I've been told the toughest color to match is the white pearl.
 

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blue chip is just the sexy name for gm's dark ming blue..colormatch code is 25 WA 722J.

even the aftermarket tube i bought at canadian tire with the matching colour code matches perfectly.
 

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Good stuff, thanks for that color code, just a shot in the dark but is there a sray paint that would match, make things a little cheaper. Plus I'd like to paint it myself..
 

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You can also look under the spare tire cover in the trunk. All option codes will be listed on a label, including the paint code. The only issue is if the tint has changed slightly over the years, if you park it outdoors. They may have to modify the color slightly. Either way, a paint shop should come out with color samples and match the paint before they ever put anything in the spray booth.
 
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