The Art of Paint Blending

The Art of Paint Blending

When you need to have your vehicle painted, you take it to an expert. You won’t settle for anything less, of course. Nor should you. You probably don’t think too much more about it after that. You drop off your vehicle, get around for a few days without your vehicle, and go to retrieve your vehicle and to pay once the job is done. It seems pretty simple, right? Well, what you probably don’t understand is that the paint that is actually applied to your vehicle goes through a whole process before it finds its way onto your vehicle. One of the most important parts of that process is paint blending.

What is involved in paint blending?

Well, paint blending is truly an art form. The expert paint blenders who create the perfect shade for your particular vehicle have gone on a long journey, only to have honed their paint-blending mastery to where it is now so that you and your vehicle can benefit. If the paint blender does his or her job well, your paint (and its color) will last for a very long time and you will be able to drive your vehicle with a tremendous amount of pride and peace of mind.

Different people use different paint blending techniques but creativity is always a must with paint.

At this point, the idea of paint blending may be a little confusing to you (or even totally nebulous). Well, here is some basic information that should help you to wrap your mind around paint blending and to help you to understand more clearly why the right paint blender is so totally necessary for your vehicle.

  • What is paint blending? As a  basic definition, paint blending is the process of applying color pigment to adjacent panels to achieve perfect color matching.
  • What constitutes the different panels on a vehicle? When a person speaks about the panels on a vehicle, he or she is referring to the roof, trunk, hood, doors, quarters, and rear and rear bumpers.
  • Why is paint blending necessary? Paint blending is necessary because you want the color of the new paint to match the existing factory or older paint color. It is extremely important that the two paints match so that the paint on your vehicle is blended seamlessly.
  • When is it necessary for paint blending to take place? Paint blending becomes necessary when the area of the vehicle (including the panel(s) or bumper) that is being repaired is less than two feet from the adjacent panel or bumper. The proximity is a big contributing factor.
  • How is paint blending achieved? After the panels that need the blended paint are prepared (by sanding so that the paint sticks to the panel surface), the proper paint color (which is determined by the manufacturer’s color code) is sprayed on the vehicle’s surface using a feathering motion to the adjacent panel. Using this method, the paints will blend perfectly.

To illustrate paint blending with photos, you will see the new fender in one of the photos. The other photo shows the paint being applied on the driver’s side of the vehicle. In these photos, the adjacent panels are the front bumper, the hood, and the door itself. It is on those panels that the blended paint will be applied.





Paint blending is an art form and it is absolutely necessary if you want to come home with a paint job that is seamless. What you want, when you look at your newly painted vehicle, is not to be able to tell where the original paint ends and the new paint begins. You want your vehicle to appear as though it came straight from the automotive factory.

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