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So my neighbor didn't noticed the yellow wagon parked in the street as he backed out of his driveway the other day and hit the driver's side front corner. So far it looks like the damage is just to the indicator light, bumper, quarter panel, and the little trim piece where the headlight wiper blade is.

I'm taking it into a shop tomorrow to have the damage properly assessed but I am concerned that there might be issues with the vehicle being so old and the paint might be difficult to match. Has anyone had any issue with getting the cream yellow repainted after an accident.

My other concern is the value lost since it got dinged. I am currently trying to sell the wagon to make room for a new vehicle in the near future and actually had an appointment to have it detailed inside and out this Sunday before it got hit.

In case anyone is interested it has only one other owner outside my family (so 3 total: original owner, my parents, and myself) and we bought it in 1997. It's got about 160k on the odometer. The exterior shows some wear but the interior is pretty good. Pretty much entirely stock save for an exhaust replacement. It's been my daily driver since I've had it.

Here are a few pics right after I got it from my parents:
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Unfortunately no matter what you do, the paint will not match
ANY new paint will be much shinier even if the color is spot on.....
(and it's a FENDER not a front quarter panel, that is not a correct term).
 

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Yea I figure the paint won't match but I flat out cant afford to have a full respray done right now. Maybe if I were planning on keeping it but I'm not.
 

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I have found that matching paint is easier because they use a computer to analyze it and usually they can buff out the whole car and it will look brand new.....just make sure you don't go the maico route.....my car got hit and while black is easy to match...the shine is the same...
 

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I have found that matching paint is easier because they use a computer to analyze it and usually they can buff out the whole car and it will look brand new........
This is true. Having the car buffed out prior to, is key. Unless you are having signs of clearcoat failure, you still have a chance if done at a qualified shop.
 

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Cream Yellow is single stage. Not two stage.

It will NOT match.

As for diminished value, the miles on the car overrule the rarity.

Good luck with the sale. If it had closer to 100k miles than 200k, I would be interested.
 

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I think a good shop will match the paint pretty good. I know my guy would. He also blends well. The kicker is the shine vs the balance of the car. Then, as the rest of the car continues to fade (at that age it seems like monthly), you will notice the rest of the car fading faster than the new paint. So, they may not see it now, but in a year or two they will.

Those cars still bring a shinny penny as long as they have clean car faxes and are in good shape. The miles don't matter a whole lot.
 

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It looks like I may get into the shop this week or early next week, the I need to find someone who wants it
 

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I think a good shop will match the paint pretty good.
Cannot be done 100% no matter how good someone is
Single vs two stage plus the original paint is probably very faded from sun and time
 

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Jim and I have restored many cars. Jim has done a broad spectrum of cars while I focus on RR/B's. I'd say we have 300 or so cars of experience between the two of us.

I am telling you up front that the PAINT WILL NOT MATCH, PERIOD!!!!!

Adam found this out the hard way with his Yellow 850, which is why he ended up having the whole car stripped and repainted. It had never been wrecked or anything. You just really can't bring up dead single stage paint well because if you go too far, you're at bare metal.

Not only that, most single stage paints are no longer available due to environmental regulations. Rolls-Royce used lead loading instead of bondo when covering up joints, etc. and lead expands and contracts at different rates compared to steel and aluminum. Whenever I buy a 1993 or earlier RR, if the paint is all cracked/checked, and its never been repainted before, then I have to plan onto a complete strip, remove the lead and replace with bondo, and repaint in two stage. Its a $20,000 job. Yes, TWENTY GRAND.

So your "expert" may be able to get it CLOSE, but it won't be perfect, and it won't match, and it will be an EXPENSIVE job. PERIOD.

Been there, done that.
 

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Jim and I have restored many cars. Jim has done a broad spectrum of cars while I focus on RR/B's. I'd say we have 300 or so cars of experience between the two of us.

I am telling you up front that the PAINT WILL NOT MATCH, PERIOD!!!!!

Adam found this out the hard way with his Yellow 850, which is why he ended up having the whole car stripped and repainted. It had never been wrecked or anything. You just really can't bring up dead single stage paint well because if you go too far, you're at bare metal.

Not only that, most single stage paints are no longer available due to environmental regulations. Rolls-Royce used lead loading instead of bondo when covering up joints, etc. and lead expands and contracts at different rates compared to steel and aluminum. Whenever I buy a 1993 or earlier RR, if the paint is all cracked/checked, and its never been repainted before, then I have to plan onto a complete strip, remove the lead and replace with bondo, and repaint in two stage. Its a $20,000 job. Yes, TWENTY GRAND.

So your "expert" may be able to get it CLOSE, but it won't be perfect, and it won't match, and it will be an EXPENSIVE job. PERIOD.

Been there, done that.
No offense, but you're getting a little carried away here buddy. As a former body guy myself; you know as well as I do that nothing is EVER perfect. A very good color match; that 99.9% of the world would never notice stands out like a sore thumb to guys like us. No getting around it...

OP; have your buddy match the color as best he can, and buff the car out. It'll look fine; not perfect, but it will look like a clean car to everyone except body shop guys.

Its a 15 yr old "uncommon" Volvo with 160k. This ain't no q-tip concourse Rolls Royce fellas. :rolleyes:

Lets keep things in perspective here...
 
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