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Paintscratch.com review? [Upcoming review; order purchased]

So I'm going to be pretty busy over the next while, and one of the side projects I needed to get done was have my sunlight silver speed3 wing painted whitewater pearl.

I asked where I should take it locally, which of course best answers came up being a repair shop that do professional painting as well.

While I seriously have absolutely nothing against professional results... I just can't afford a professional at the moment, and I'm tired of this wing being silver lol. I've been trying to make time to go up and do it one of these weekends (Saturday only till like noon, and they're a good drive away), I just find something else to fill in the time.. for the last 2 months.

So I'm looking at attempting it myself. I've never had poor results trying to paint things myself except for when I'm being stupid and try mixing totally different company clearcoats which like to eat paint, but of course this won't happen as the clearcoat is included in the kit.


The spray paint kit is just over $100, free shipping, and that includes adhesion promoter, base layer, mid layer, clearcoat, and several... several other things (it's actually a large kit, you want to talk about everything you need?).

I was trying to get away with $60-80, but another 20 isn't going to hurt anything.

Also, for the sake of comparison, I can guarantee if I walk into that shop, they'll want $300 and I won't have the wing for a week (and hopefully no more), which to me is quite frankly outrageous, but that's just how things are these days.

So anyways, if anyone has used them before or anyone else, I'm curious. There are lots of positive reviews about their paint matching over the internet, and even people that had bad matches, and they sent them new paint free of charge.

If it goes so far, I'd even consider a good true review and how-to if anyone is interested.

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I'd actually be quite interested in this as well. Didn't even know that website exsisted. If its good stuff that'd be a HUGE convienience.


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So I am going to go ahead and order; it's a bit more expensive than I was willing to spend $20 more, but... I'm also getting everything I would have had to purchase at a store and likely spend more in gas money trying to hunt around for and end up not finding it.

I changed what they suggested only a slight bit, by adding tack clothes and primer.

I decided if I'm going to do it myself, I might as well give it the best chance I possibly can.

Ordered this morning via Paypal (makes things SO much easier when you don't have to make a stupid account at every website).

Free shipping with orders over $100, so I pushed it over, because I would've paid just as much, might as well get more out of, might as well spend $1 and know you're getting materials that are guaranteed to work together, than say putting down my own primer, that the paint may not work with; which is just a nightmare.



I will update this thread as the stuff comes in and quality etc, and check for any brand names on parts.

Also, take note, being a tricoat paint, this will be more expensive than some paints. Unfortunately nearly all Mazda paints are metallics so it's true for almost all of us; pearl is just... that much more difficult to get perfect, that's why I'm willing to test this.

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Received notification of the order being shipped yesterday evening.

One thing that so far seriously stands out about everything you see on their website and in their emails... they are dead set on doing their end of the job as well as possible and load you with information to give you the best results.

Which for me says a lot; vs just picking up a can of spray paint and be like "it's made to match, hopefully it does"

No no; they tell you what can go wrong where, and if there is an issue it can certainly have happened on their end as well as your end, and if you do have an issue to send their match card back. They give you recommendations where and when and how to paint and get best results.

Just from the wording it's obvious they are a very solid company.

The only minor downside is timing. Certainly slow compared to today's "need it now" idea. But then again, it IS custom made paint; this isn't stuff you can exactly have lying around on a shelf and not expect it to go bad when no one buys it. So it makes sense.

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The first time I bought paint online to do my bumper sunlit silver it was a disaster. The clearcoat yellowed within a year and looked like crap. It was a urethane clearcoat and I'm pretty sure I should have been using acrylic.

I have since been getting my paint mixed locally. There are lots of stores that mix paint, just need to find them. My results almost always look great initially but due to one reason or another do not last very long before they need to be redone. Sometimes it is clearcoat failure (various reasons) other times it is rock chips just destroying the paint like crazy.

All that being said, if you double check that you have the right products, don't skip steps and take your time it should turn out great. Plus you don't have to worry about rock chips back there


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Box arrived today!

However I'm not sure when I will be able to do this job.. 100% due to relative humidity and weather. I could do it indoors and I very likely will, but again, not sure when that will be.
Hopefully before the end of the month.

I will try to do it next weekend, but it again depends on weather.

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I guess you didnt take my advice for the Automotive Touchup brand?

Nor get the "2K Clearcoat"??...

Geesh.....lol


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Since you had luck with them I figured I'd try another company honestly; this is what they offered with my little additions, so I'm sticking with everything they have.

As far as I'm aware, this clearcoat should be plenty good, as it's their product meant for ... their product, so I won't have any issues.

It's a review, so we'll see how it works out.

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lol also to add, I don't have any way of spraying a 2K clear.

I've opened the box and taken a look at everything; I'll have pictures of everything later on, but just to add before I call it a night, everything came in good shape, nothing damaged (ugh.. well, the peanuts did their work! I hate them though).

A nice addon that I however did not see noted or added on etc. Is they also sent me a fairly large tube of touchup paint!

So that definitely clears up the added cost vs the alternative aka what ultimica is referring to, the cost difference was about $20 for paint, but... they gave me about $30+ worth of touch up paint lol!
Especially compared to the OEM Mazda touch up model paint things that cost a good $15 each... and when you run a color like me you have to get two

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Wing is back together, tomorrow I have to put it all back on the car and sand down the extension but all seems well.

It's hard to tell yet how the paint is, so far getting the clearcoat to buff down is currently being a pain, I might have to put a bit more clear on it, but at first I thought it wasn't going to match at all, outside though it looks like it should match very well.

I will however unfortunately say.... 1 can each is not enough for a wing lol. It was stretching it to say the least, especially with the amount of paint I prefer to put down.

But it will go on tomorrow evening and we'll see!

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