How can I match faded car paint?

I was in an accident a long time ago. One panel of my car had to be replaced and repainted. Years later, that panel faded and looks different than the rest of my car. I know it’s superficial, but it bothers me. Is there a way to get paint to match the rest of my car?

Matching faded car paint is not easy, but it can be done. Your best bet is to find a good body shop that can assess the situation and explain your options.
The repainted panel may not match exactly right away. Do not worry though. It will fade in time. You just will have to be patient and trust that the professionals know what they’re doing.
A professional paint job can fluctuate in price from $300-$20,000 depending on the shop you choose, the type of paint, and the size and condition of the area that needs to be painted.
To save money, you could try to DIY the paint job. A dealership or auto body shop can help you match the paint. But keep in mind that painting a car is an involved process. The effort may not be worth the quality of the final product.
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Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 22, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.

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