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I have a 2008 white diamond escalade that needs to repair bad clear coat on rear drivers door,I took it to 2 body shops today and i am being told they have to paint the whole leftside of the truck including both bumpers to blend it in.one quoted me $2400 the other $2000 cash only is it worth it to fix it the rest of the paint is about 9 out of 10 with little chips here and there in the clear coat.:mad2:
 

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The problem with matching light colored metallics/pearls is not so much the color but the metallic orientation. Normally, just the door and part of the panel ahead and behind (front door and quarter panel) would be painted to blend. My guess is that the shops are worried about the metallic orientation match (and color) and the only way the can assure the job is paint the whole side. Easier, safer and more profit for them.
 

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That's incorrect. If they are any good, they should be able to blend to the front door, and then the rear quarter panel.
 

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I was told that also, I found a body shop that has color match computer. I went to carriage house in flushing queens New York. They did a excellent job, I was not about to paint the whole side of my truck. Look for color match technology. They told me they paint to blend.
 

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I've had entire cars painted for $2500 and done with quality work... that seems insane. I would get a quote from a dealer on a new door painted factory diamond white I'd almost be willing to bet it would be cheaper then you'd have a factory finish.
 

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As said if it's just the door they can blend into the front fender and into the rear door, I have seen it done, and while an older diamond white is hard to match, it can be done, look for high end paint shops that can make it happen
 

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I've had entire cars painted for $2500 and done with quality work... that seems insane. I would get a quote from a dealer on a new door painted factory diamond white I'd almost be willing to bet it would be cheaper then you'd have a factory finish.
?? I don't believe this is an obtainable option.

-John
 

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I've had entire cars painted for $2500 and done with quality work... that seems insane. I would get a quote from a dealer on a new door painted factory diamond white I'd almost be willing to bet it would be cheaper then you'd have a factory finish.
The dealer or parts will only sell you a primered door. The body shop does the rest. That's the good thing about the escalade black raven color, you don't have to blend it. It matches perfectly.
 

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Had a similar situation. I took my truck back to the selling dealer who had a rather large body shop. They had a lot of experience in diamond white and they were able to blend it and the job came out perfect. Be aware that there are several shades of diamond white. Your best bet may be to take it to a cady dealer who has a body shop and has the experience in painting diamond white.

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Any reputable body shop with a painter that knows what he is doing can match diamond white,should cost no more than 1000
 

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I had a crimson pearl sts way back and part of the quarter panel needed painted. They made it happen. Its the same triple coat as the diamond white. He said he used a rope or something around the area that lets the paint blend when shot on the car. Anyway i couldnt tell it was ever wrecked.
 

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I was out a client's house today that also happens to have a Escalade, but it's a platinum shorty. His wife was out somewhere that had a gate that opened TOWARDS her car on a exit gate (i've seen this personally in some people's homes, idiotic...) and it left a nice 8 inch gash in her front bumper. My client had some mobile body repair guys out there who said they were charging $450 for the entire repair including plastic welding, reshaping, and paint. I was asking him about some thing on my truck including what he would charge just to paint a platinum bumper black raven (he said it was $200!) and I then thought about this thread so brought up the diamond white.

He did immediately mention that diamond white is extremely difficult to match the flow of the pearl correctly but he's done it frequently and is family with the paint. He mentioned to that the materials cost on it has gone up significantly in the past years. However his estimate was between $600-$800 for a rear door paint and blend.
 
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