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Has anyone got any good experience with matching this paint code with aerosols & where from please?

Rimmers list one but have no experience with their paint!

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The paint from Rimmer Brothers are genuine MG Rover touch up sticks and aerosols direct from XPart (ie. factory paint), so the colour match is likely to be as close as you will get. However, I don't think XPart is getting new batches mixed up (some colours have been NLA for several years now) and the remaining stocks have probably been 'on-the-shelf' since 2005 - I don't know what implications this may have for the contents, but I have had no issue with a couple of HQM aerosoal I bought from Rimmers four years ago. Note that these genuine touch ups will also be available through any XPart AutoService Centre, so if you have one local to you, you can save the cost of carriage (which is expensive due to hazardous nature of the aerosols - not all delivery services will accept them)

Most reputable paint factors should be well capable of mixing up any of the colours correctly, and the issues that some people report with a poor colour match is (in my opinion) more likely to be due to overly heavy application leading to the flake sinking into the base colour and being hidden (causing the repaired area to look much darker) rather than the paint itself being incorrectly mixed.

Both www.paints4u.com and http://auto-paint.co.uk/ have had good recommendations on this forum in the past, but you will almost certainly have an automotive paint factor in your area who will be able to supply an equally good mix.
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I just had some made up from Halfords to do ZS tailgate and the colour is way off, dont normally go there but thought id give it a try as my local Nu again bunch not been open over bk
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Wink The dreaded XPG.

Just had two 400ml of LEF made up by a local Automotive paint specialist I have used for over twenty years. A good match every time. Not cheap @ 11.40 that's with a little discount.

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Why dreaded? My least favourite MG-Rover colour:~ XPower Grey it haunts me.. . Currently have a couple of ZTs in that colour. Look OK when clean and polished but, much prefer the vibrant trophy colours ... Blue, Yellow Red etc. Folks must like the colour though as there are so many MGs about in XPG.

Also had a nice MG ZS in XPG bought six years ago.. That car had a cracked rear bumper which I DIY repaired. :~



Using the 400ml Shaker Can I was happy with the end product. :~



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I just had some made up from Halfords to do ZS tailgate and the colour is way off, dont normally go there but thought id give it a try as my local Nu again bunch not been open over bk
I have the same problem twice with Halfrauds both were shockling poor matches, never again.

purchased a can and touchup stick thru a paint guy on ebay but cant find the link. I also purchased alot thru this guy and quality was great

Items in AP Western store on eBay !

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I've had paint from Auto Paints Halfords and others that have all been total failures when matching colours. With Halfords the off the shelf and specially prepared stuff was so way way out. Halford refused to refund the mixed paint as they are all made to order, but asked for Manager and Manager soon refunded when I opened the tin, as although it was made to the correct code it was blindingly obvious that paint was too far out.

Chipsaway in Salford completely balls up 1 car too. They spent more time screwing the balls off the car driving it around the local streets trying to dry the paint off than they did mixing the colour and painting the car. Had to find a local coachbuilder to sort that one out.

I've pretty much stayed with the xpart and Rimmers Original paints on all cars since. Might cost a little more but found it's always been worth it.
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The paint from Rimmer Brothers are genuine MG Rover touch up sticks and aerosols direct from XPart (ie. factory paint), so the colour match is likely to be as close as you will get. However, I don't think XPart is getting new batches mixed up (some colours have been NLA for several years now) and the remaining stocks have probably been 'on-the-shelf' since 2005 - I don't know what implications this may have for the contents, but I have had no issue with a couple of HQM aerosoal I bought from Rimmers four years ago. Note that these genuine touch ups will also be available through any XPart AutoService Centre, so if you have one local to you, you can save the cost of carriage (which is expensive due to hazardous nature of the aerosols - not all delivery services will accept them)

Most reputable paint factors should be well capable of mixing up any of the colours correctly, and the issues that some people report with a poor colour match is (in my opinion) more likely to be due to overly heavy application leading to the flake sinking into the base colour and being hidden (causing the repaired area to look much darker) rather than the paint itself being incorrectly mixed.

Both www.paints4u.com and http://auto-paint.co.uk/ have had good recommendations on this forum in the past, but you will almost certainly have an automotive paint factor in your area who will be able to supply an equally good mix.
Just rang Choose Car paints from the UKs biggest online colour database as I have used them before for Trophy Blue & it was 100% spot on, great they can supply LEF strange not listed on the website, so if in doubt give them a call.

Many thanks for all your replies.

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