Re: [Chrysler300] Colorful comments
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Re: [Chrysler300] Colorful comments

For what it is worth, we have been told by some, who are supposed to know what they are talking about, that all higher end car companies, at least, are doing this today because of micro management and bean counters.  Some think tank focus group or something told them that black and silver cars are the easiest to sell and have the highest resale value so now all the new car dealers want to their new cars with 3 year leases to be sure that they get them back.  This way the dealer can likely sell the same cars all over again as a CPO (certified pre-owned) and cash in on these nice new profits.  Again, black and silver CPO's sell faster and for more money.  As an aside: Wonder which million dollar study came up with "pre-owned"?  You gotta love it.  So now there are no more  of those bad old "used cars".    

Remember when the dealer's maintenance & repair shops along with their used car lots weren't viewed as profit centers; rather as necessary evils to their real business?  The industry was in the business of selling new cars and nothing else.  But today it's all apart of pie charts and micro management.  By the way, you can blame this one on computers too.  They facilitate this kind of thing.  Speaking of the computer industry, it too isn't immune to overlooking real money to be made.  I'm reminded of IBM (the 800 pound gorilla of the day) back in the late 70's and early 80's when the average age of the board of directors was likely 90 something , all wearing dark suits, starched white shirts and whichever tie was proper for the time.  This was the mainframe mentality that said: these new personal computers will never work.  People won't buy them.  They are too expensive and are too hard to use.  Which is why IBM was late getting into the PC market.  BIG mistake!     

Our 2 cents worth.   

On 2/26/2018 1:01 PM, Scooter465@xxxxxxx [Chrysler300] wrote:

I often wondered what’s up with the silver gray white and black thing.

It’s the same here in VA. It’s like the car company’s are afraid of color.

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On Feb 26, 2018, at 3:44 PM, 'Rich Barber' c300@xxxxxxx [Chrysler300] <Chrysler300-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


Most of you probably know this, but the famed paint color scanner does not produce a unique tinting formula.  It scans the sample and then compares it to the multitude of formulas for standard paint colors of thousands of existing and pre-existing cars and trucks—domestic & foreign.  It then displays the make, model and year of car and its formula that matches best.  I’m pretty sure the scanner does not scan for the presence or amount of “poly” or fine aluminum powder/flakes. 


The thing to do is mix up a test batch, spray it on the special cards and then start someone with a great color “eye” working with the formula until you have a satisfactory match.  For the older “poly” colors, be sure to really cut back on the aluminum powder.  Another thing to do is find a car with the recommended formula on it and observe the car in the sunlight and compare it to a valid sample.  Further, each paint company has different formulations and tinting colors.


I’m very disappointed with the paint manufacturers that they have chosen not to use their staffs and technology to do this for us.   The cost of the new water-based non-volatile paint certainly should support some R&D to come up with a current formula for Platinum, Tango Red or Roman Red Poly.


In a somewhat related bent, there are now some really magnificent colors available on new cars and from the custom color folks.  Yet, in CA anyway, the predominant colors are silver/gray, white and black.  That said, I was amazed to see eight pretty red metallic crossovers/SUV’s in the church parking lot yesterday.


Rich Barber

Brentwood, CA


From: Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jslayton@xxxxxxxxxx [Chrysler300]
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2018 6:51 AM
To: chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [Chrysler300] 60 paint



I wonder if anyone out there has ever dealt with this problem ?---the 60 Toreador red---Chrysler-----Plum red----Plymouth-----Winterberry Red----Desoto--- all have the same paint code---and same formula-----I had a sample made for the Winterberry red met----it is much too red-----checked the formula for Plum red and it is the same as Winterberry---this Desoto was repainted sometime in the past and this paint is very faded---however the door jambs, under the trunk lid,and some other areas have nice original paint still on them----there is an F cv. on the website----and I have seen others---that is Toreador red and it looks to me to be correct-----anyone have a paint code for a paint that is correct---or very close-----thanks------Johnnie Slayton


Posted by: Allan <agmoon@xxxxxxxxx>

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