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I have some small paint chips on the bumper of my 2010 Audi A4, and I was thinking about having a mobile bumper guy spray it over with factory paint. I was then told that the Audi paints change color over time, and so Audi repair shops will account for this when "blending" the spray over color. If the color is not blended to match aging, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Of course, this means that instead of paying a bumper guy $300 to fix it, I have to pay the body shop around $750 to do it. Is this true, and what can be done about it?

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It only cost me $450 to include a new bumper to have it color matched to a Toyota - and the color came out perfect. Even if the color does change (which I cannot confirm or deny - but would err on the side of not fading, at least one as new as yours), a regular paint shop can color match it with good results a lot cheaper than what the "Audi repair shop" is going to be able to do for you. –  Paulster2 May 24 '14 at 14:53
    
I'm just looking for as perfect a repair as possible for as little as possible. Preferably under $300, but quality takes precedence. Any ideas? –  TheEnvironmentalist May 24 '14 at 16:02
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Take it to a paint and auto body shop and see how much it will cost. I wouldn't go to an Audi specific place, as they are going to charge you a lot more. Any good paint shop is going to be able to color match your car without issue. Ask around for some recommendations in your area for what is considered a "good shop". I would think you could get this done without hassle, to your specifications, for under $300, but that is assuming what I'm used to around here. Shop around a little, you may be surprised at how little it actually is to get it done. –  Paulster2 May 24 '14 at 18:06
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I agree with Paul - ALL paints change colour over time, as the sunlight affects the pigments, and any decent paint shop will account for this when mixing the paint. A good independent will probably do a better job than a main dealer too - they have a reputation to protect... –  Nick C May 27 '14 at 9:31
    
What colour is it? "Near enough is good enough" to not notice on a colour like grey. However, for a colour like red, putting a new panel next to a faded one will stand out like dogs balls! –  SimpleSimon Jun 1 '14 at 0:15