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I have the yellow Z. I had my car parked under overhead street lights last night. It appeared there was variation in the paint. Especially between the fuel cover and

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Old 04-19-2009, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have the yellow Z.

I had my car parked under overhead street lights last night. It appeared there was variation in the paint. Especially between the fuel cover and the surrounding quarter panel. The same variation also existed between the A pillar and the roof/hood.

I had a very high intensity LED flashlight (120 lumens) and shined it on the car. The paint looked fine. During the day, you can't see any variation.

What gives? Has anyone else seen this variation?

I'm wondering if it's the difference based on the material (plastic vs aluminum vs steel)?

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Old 04-19-2009, 12:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the yellow Z.

I had my car parked under overhead street lights last night. It appeared there was variation in the paint. Especially between the fuel cover and the surrounding quarter panel. The same variation also existed between the A pillar and the roof/hood.

I had a very high intensity LED flashlight (120 lumens) and shined it on the car. The paint looked fine. During the day, you can't see any variation.

What gives? Has anyone else seen this variation?

I'm wondering if it's the difference based on the material (plastic vs aluminum vs steel)?

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I have a platinum graphite 370. My fuel filler door looks slightly different under certain lighting conditions. I think it is the plastic versus metal thing that causes it.

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Old 04-19-2009, 01:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have the yellow Z.

I had my car parked under overhead street lights last night. It appeared there was variation in the paint. Especially between the fuel cover and the surrounding quarter panel. The same variation also existed between the A pillar and the roof/hood.

I had a very high intensity LED flashlight (120 lumens) and shined it on the car. The paint looked fine. During the day, you can't see any variation.

What gives? Has anyone else seen this variation?

I'm wondering if it's the difference based on the material (plastic vs aluminum vs steel)?

-ZCarGo-
I noticed the same thing with my yellow Z. Paint will always look different when it sits on another material. Its more so of how the light reflects off the material than a mismatch of color.
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I have a friend at the dealership where i ordered my Z and she said the same thing about the yellow. It was the base model that was shown at the StL car show. They thought it was damaged then half a$& repaired (fuel door). So your not the only one.
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got a yellow one too.. exact same problem.. not as noticable during the day.. but could still see the difference between the finish on plastic and metal parts..
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I think the variation is in the difference in materials. Painted plastic(rear quarter panel) and painted aluminum(gas door) look different after being painted in natural
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The white has the same issue, I only notice it in certain lighting but it is most noticeable between the rear bumper and boot hatch.
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I have the yellow Z.

I had my car parked under overhead street lights last night. It appeared there was variation in the paint. Especially between the fuel cover and the surrounding quarter panel.

What gives? Has anyone else seen this variation?

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I have a Yellow and I also see the exact same variation on the gas cap.

I can also perceive a slight color difference between the front bumper and hood, but very slight.
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Difference in materials. Nothing you can do to change it.
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