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    Hello! I bought a brand new 2020 Nissan Altima which I love. The color is sunset drift and beautiful. I was driving home on the highway the other day and heard a noise and sure enough there is a stone chip that skimmed my hood. I had the mobile touch up guy from the dealer touch it up but I was not happy with the color so I took it to a body shop that said they would wet sand it, fill it in, clear it and then polish it to blend it in. When I picked it up the guy said that they messed with the color and got it to lighted up a little bit but it is still noticeable when in certain angle or light. Because I am a headcase, I then took it to another body shop and showed him and he said the only way to fix it completely was to respray which he doesn't recommend and I don't want to do that because that is overkill. I guess my question is, will a touchup spot always be a different color. Is there anyway to make this lighter or should I just overlook it and move on? Its probably only noticeable to me because I know it is there.

    I'm just upset as I don't even have 3000 miles on the car yet I have never had an issue like this before. I have touched up other cars I owned but I thought the body shop could have made it practically unnoticeable but maybe I am just being unrealistic.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Re: sizable stone chip repair

    some can sand and blend it in better than others. Just depends on how well they match the paint.

    but the only real way to be sure is to paint the whole panel. Of course they would have to make sure the paint matches the rest of the car to make sure it blends in

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    Re: sizable stone chip repair

    Quote Originally Posted by amackey208 View Post
    Hello! I bought a brand new 2020 Nissan Altima which I love. The color is sunset drift and beautiful. I was driving home on the highway the other day and heard a noise and sure enough there is a stone chip that skimmed my hood. I had the mobile touch up guy from the dealer touch it up but I was not happy with the color so I took it to a body shop that said they would wet sand it, fill it in, clear it and then polish it to blend it in. When I picked it up the guy said that they messed with the color and got it to lighted up a little bit but it is still noticeable when in certain angle or light. Because I am a headcase, I then took it to another body shop and showed him and he said the only way to fix it completely was to respray which he doesn't recommend and I don't want to do that because that is overkill. I guess my question is, will a touchup spot always be a different color. Is there anyway to make this lighter or should I just overlook it and move on? Its probably only noticeable to me because I know it is there.

    I'm just upset as I don't even have 3000 miles on the car yet I have never had an issue like this before. I have touched up other cars I owned but I thought the body shop could have made it practically unnoticeable but maybe I am just being unrealistic.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    You have received a great recommendation re: not repainting the entire panel. On the flip side, touch up paint is challenging & often never perfect.
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