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Colour Code, Help!

Hi All,
I've been searching high and low to discover what the colour code of my car is and things just aren't going well. The best information i can find is the two white sticker things with the VIN and then loads of other numbers/letters. I've compared the details to various images that show which is the colour code, but then can't match that information with colour code sheets.

The information is as follows:

B57A F127791
2G 72V 000
KJ 471 E1
F 127791

The general colour of my car is Blue, it looks metallic, but I can't be sure.

If you can help, it would be much appreciated. Thanks,
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Re: Colour Code, Help!

James the paint code is KJ 471 E1 where only the J47 is really relevant. J47 is a dark blue metallic called Tempest.
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Re: Colour Code, Help!

Hi Aviator,
Just wanted to say a belated thanks for your help, i'm finally going to head down to Halfords today and see how much they're going to rip me off for the colour.

I need to replace my bonnet after somebody reversed into me and can't find one of the same colour so i'm going to get a different colour one, sand it, prime it and colour it.

Just a quick question: Does the colour of the replacement matter too much if i'm going to recolour it and how much would it cost to have this done properly if i provided to paint?
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Re: Colour Code, Help!

Painting large areas such as bonnets and roofs can be difficult for the amateur and apart from the colour you may also need to have a clear top coat to make a proper matching finish.
If you are going to get someone to do it properly it may be wiser to let them supply the paint to ensure a good match. Otherwise if you supply the paint and it don't match then it's your problem.
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Re: Colour Code, Help!

Hi there, forst time I've seen this thread.

The colour is also known as Bleu Gris.

An important point to note is that the primer to be used for this basecoat is matt black, using the more commonly-seen grey will make the basecoat appear lighter in shade.

Also, when changing the colour of a panel, depending on how 'different' you are changing colour groups (i.e. going from a black to a white or vice-versa) will dictate the extent of sanding back required.

You will get best results painting indoors, applying light coats onto a panel which can be heated.

Preparation is absolutely everything for a job like this - rush it, and the bonnet will be a source of annoyance for as long as you keep the car - do it correctly, and it'll be a source of pride.

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