Designo Variocolour repairs

Discussion in 'Bodywork' started by ///ajd, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. ///ajd

    ///ajd Member

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    Hi

    I've just done a quick search, but couldn't find any threads on the Designo "variocolour" paint finishes.

    I recall a few years back a Merc salesman told me variocolour was very hard to repair - they had just had to send a scratched S500 in variocolour back to Germany (or somewhere special) at a cost of £10000 to respray the whole side of the car.

    Exaggerated myth or true story? Anyone any experience?
     
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    CKLclive Banned

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    Think i am not charging enough then ! , I have painted everything from pearls
    to mica paints have this is utter nonsense why and how do they get these prices
     
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    ///ajd

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    This was about 10 years ago, and was a main dealer repairing a brand new car to as new.

    Is a variocolour paint matching very difficult? How does it work - is it basically 2 blended colours and then a laquer, or are the colours applied one on top of another (like a candy paint), or what? How is it done. Sounds complicated and surely a bit of a nightmare to match.
     
  4. Dieselman

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    It's a pearlescent lacquer over standard paint.

    Remember, the person telling you the story was a salesman.. ;)
     
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    ///ajd

    ///ajd Member

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    At the risk of another thread lock for advertising - have you ever fixed any 1980s 911s? What would you charge to fix the kidney bowls, sills and b-posts on a 1985 3.2 Carrera (both sides)? Porsche parts, epoxy protection & paint, inc VAT?
     

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