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It was just announced on Corvette Blogger that Crystal Red Tintcoat (along with Cyber Gray and Jetstream Blue) used on Corvettes is going to cease production based on the lack of "shimmering" Xirallic pigment used from a now damaged paint plant just 35 miles away from the Fukushima Nuclear Facility.

I'm assuming we share same paint, but maybe someone can chime in for a definite confirmation.

http://www.corvetteblogger.com/2011...ium=socialmedia&utm_content=033011_2011colors
 

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Ford is having the same issue with its Tuxedo Black.
 

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I don't see a problem with a good reputable body shop matching up with the color if needed, it just looks like the palette of color choices for ordering a new one just may have one less choice soon. It's due to change anyways. I'd like to see a dark blue metallic or Gold Mist replace it.
 

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My sources tell me this is going to affect all of the CTS extra charge paint codes, and most of the GM extra charge paint codes. If you picked a metallic extra charge paint and your car hasn't been built yet, you may have to pick another color. I'm just happy my car got built last week!
 

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I don't see a problem with a good reputable body shop matching up with the color if needed, it just looks like the palette of color choices for ordering a new one just may have one less choice soon. It's due to change anyways. I'd like to see a dark blue metallic or Gold Mist replace it.
Funny, that's the first time I've ever seen anyone desiring a GOLD paint color, but I have to say, after spending a short time with our first Gold Mist Escalade before it broke beyond repair... the gold mist color REALLY grew on me. I was actually sad to see it go, even though I ended up with a black on black one which would have been my first choice to begin with.
 

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"The shortage of a specialty pigment that gives cars a glittering shine has prompted automakers to temporarily restrict orders on vehicles in certain shades of black, red and other colors.
Major automakers, including Chrysler Group, Toyota Motor, General Motors and Ford Motor use the pigment, called Xirallic, produced at only one factory in the world - the Onahama plant near the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan.
The plant is operated by German chemical company Merck KGaA, and has been evacuated. Merck spokesman Gangolf Schrimpf said the company does not know when it will be permitted to reopen the plant, which was closed soon after the March 11 earthquake.
Chrysler told dealers it was restricting orders on vehicles in 10 colors, including two variations of black and three of red. Ford is slowing production of vehicles in "tuxedo black" and three variations of red."
 
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how many special edition blacks were produced this year? might be a rare color for 2011 if production of that color ends.
 
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