Painting The Car

March 10, 2013 By: erik Category: News, Photos 458 views

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After Paint JobI don’t think I’ll ever buy a red car again, at least not until I’m a multimillionaire with a six-car garage. My first car was a red Honda Civic, which I loved dearly and can still see and smell if I close my eyes. Our current car is a red Opel Astra, which is very similar to my Civic. We bought it eight years ago when we moved to Spain. Apparently the problem with red cars is that their paint fades much more quickly than other colored cars. Presumably it has to do with reflecting the longest wavelength (red), which has the least amount of energy, and absorbing all the high energy sunlight. For the past few years, our car has been more orange than red.

Before Paint Job

It doesn’t really show up very well in a photograph, but the red that is left is extremely faded and quite matte.

Before Paint Job


This week we had our car painted. It was expensive as hell, well over 10% of the original sticker price, but our insurance, which we’ve been paying diligently for years and never claiming a dime from, paid for the whole thing.


After Paint Job

It really looks like a brand new car.

After Paint Job


Before Paint JobAfter Paint Job

Here are the before and after shots for comparison. The lighting is different, but the difference is still very noticeable.

Of course it’ll turn dull and ugly in a few short years parked in the sunshine, but for now we can hold our head up high when we use our vehicle.

  • Your insurance paid for a new paint job. That would never happen in the U.S. for normal fading.

    • It also had eight years of dings and scratches on every surface. I don’t think the fading was the most important thing to the insurance company, but it was the most noticeable aspect to me.

  • I am completely dumbfounded that insurance would pay for something like that. Or the dings and scratches. Crazy!

  • hubbers

    Looks a lot nicer now.

  • hubbers

    Awaiting moderation?!?!? I remember when you used to trust me 🙂

    • Disqus got screwy about that. I’ve never understood their “who is trusted” algorithm, as there are some commenters that require confirmation every time. I’ve turned that off for now, as I don’t get that much spam.

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