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Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

Wanted to colour code my bumper strips. Here's what I did.
(More a summary than a How To Guide. )
All materials (primer, paint, lacquer, sand paper, masking tape, wet wipes) bought from Halfrauds for under 30.

1) Clean car.
2) Masked around the strips.
3) Sanded strips using 120 grit. Hoover dust off. Wet wipe, dry wipe, heater on.
4) Masked all surrounding areas with newspaper.
5) 2x dust coats of grey plastic primer. Dry. 1x full coat. Dry.
6) Sanded primed strips with 400 grit. Hoover dust off. Wet wipe, dry wipe, heater on.
7) 1x full coat grey plastic primer. Dry (overnight).
8) Sanded primed strips with 600 grit. Hoover dust off. Wet wipe, dry wipe, heater on.
9) 2x dust coats of colour coat. Dry. 1x full coat. Dry.
10) Sanded painted strips with 1200 grit. Hoover dust off. Wet wipe, dry wipe, heater on.
11) 1x full coat colour coat. Dry (few hours).
12) 2x dust coats clear lacquer. Dry. 1x full coat lacquer. Dry.
13) Strip back newspaper and masking tape.
14) Admire the fantastic quality of my first attempt at painting (since painting the wheel trims).
15) Realise you painted your strips in Fiat Capri Blue instead of Fiat Blue Teseo Metallic. Swear. Drink. Plan to redo the following weekend in the correct colour... Will buy twice as much and do door and boot handles too.

Can someone please confirm for me the colour of my car. The only plates in the bonnet/boot area is a plate under the carpet LH side that doesn't seem to include colour codes. Help please! (If I paint it wring again I'll cry!) I assumed it was Teseo blue based on other threads.
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Re: Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

The paint code should be on a silver sticker on the inside passenger side of your rear boot hatch. What year is your Panda as they changed the names of some of the colours over the years. If in doubt, you could always contact a dealer to confirm the correct name for the colour.
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Is it not easier to remove them for painting?
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Re: Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

I quite like the result Why not white paint though?

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Re: Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

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Is it not easier to remove them for painting?
Yep, far easier tbh.
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Re: Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

I assume they would just peel off if you used a hairdryer on them for a bit?
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Re: Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

I attempted to remove them to paint, because it would make for easier work. But the tiny screwdriver I tried prising them off with slipped a couple of times and scratched the paint next to the strips so I decided to paint them in situ. Also, there was the fear of clips breaking off on the way off, and the paint cracking/splitting as I flex the strips to put them back in.

The badge (under boot carpet) refers to chassis and engine numbers, and weights. Nothing listed for colour. Think a call to main stealer it is. (I thought one of you clever clogs would know though lol).

Think white bumper strips would make it look too 'playful'. I toyed with the idea of white mirror caps, but having seen some other cars online with white wheels and mirrors I've decided against the idea. My next trick will be some white stripes at the bottom of the doors (kinda Abarth style, but no writing), and to black the front bumper behind the number plate (probably with plastidip).
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Re: Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

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The paint code should be on a silver sticker on the inside passenger side of your rear boot hatch. What year is your Panda as they changed the names of some of the colours over the years.
2006 model (Dynamic)
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Re: Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

I would reckon on your car being Teseo blue, however there was a change in colour names around the time yours was made if I remember correctly. That blue was a bit darker than Cocktail blue.
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Re: Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

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2006 model (Dynamic)
think you missing one point ( i may be wrong but ) yours look like same colour as mine,
its metalic blue not blue, they only did that blue in metalic the other blue is lighter ( a lot lighter ) just like your pictures.

this page might help has list of colours per year, couldnt find paint code label for mine so cant help you there

http://www.chipex.co.uk/fiat-touch-u...-up-paint.html
think you have used azul colour

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Re: Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

Another way to check is via the FIAT Accessories website. IIRC, on the touch-up paint stick page, you can email them your reg/VIN number, and they will reply with the correct code and name. Was very useful, when I got my Punto -- which, too, is lacking the requisite sticker....

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Re: Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

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The paint code should be on a silver sticker on the inside passenger side of your rear boot hatch.


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I still reckon Teseo blue. Capri blue was never a Panda colour. It's an older model colour.
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Re: Colour Coding Bumper Strips - great results, wrong colour!

1. Open boot
2. Look on passenger side of open boot door
3. Read silver sticker for colour code
4. Curse cos halfords don't stock it!

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Don't think Halfords have any of the more modern colours.
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