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Old 04-27-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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Got a bottle of touch up paint from my dealer but have a question

I went to my dealer to get some touch up paint for my 2011 Summit White. The bottle has a code of 12345116 and the label shows the color to be white.

I opened the bottle and got some paint on its brush, but the paint is silver/greyish. Does the color turn white when dried?

sorry if I posted in the wrong section, I searched on the site and saw some of the paint questions were in the General Discussion.

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Old 04-27-2012, 07:42 PM   #2
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Try it on a piece of plastic or something you dont care about first
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
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Better yet, I'd pop the hood and try it near a non-visible side of your strut tower. Exact paint thats on the exterior.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:45 PM   #4
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:01 PM   #5
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Better yet, I'd pop the hood and try it near a non-visible side of your strut tower. Exact paint thats on the exterior.
Okay that's what I did. Went on grey. But I'll check it out in a bit.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:07 PM   #6
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Unless the scratch is real bad don't bother with. Touch up paint usually looks worse than a scratch
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:09 PM   #7
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Yeah this lady where I worked failed to do that, and wound up giving herself the ugliest purple stripe on a pretty blue Honda lol

The reason those touch-up tubes discolor is when they aren't climate controlled in shipping to the dealerships. We've got several orders that came in like that and the customers got VERY upset because they didn't try it out. It was winter and my guess was the cold air did something to the paint.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:09 PM   #8
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Nope it should be white. I just got some a month ago and its was bright white right outta the bottle. Take it back.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:18 PM   #9
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Unless the scratch is real bad don't bother with. Touch up paint usually looks worse than a scratch
There's a couple one inch scratches on the front bumper from people backing into it at the college I go to and then they always drive off.

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Yeah this lady where I worked failed to do that, and wound up giving herself the ugliest purple stripe on a pretty blue Honda lol

The reason those touch-up tubes discolor is when they aren't climate controlled in shipping to the dealerships. We've got several orders that came in like that and the customers got VERY upset because they didn't try it out. It was winter and my guess was the cold air did something to the paint.
Seems feasible.

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Nope it should be white. I just got some a month ago and its was bright white right outta the bottle. Take it back.
Thanks will do, even though my dealer had that paint ordered and it took 5 days to get it.
I figured it should be bright white like the label is on the bottle, good thing I didn't apply it.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:24 PM   #10
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Thanks will do, even though my dealer had that paint ordered and it took 5 days to get it.
I figured it should be bright white like the label is on the bottle, good thing I didn't apply it.
When you take it back, specifically ask for Summit White. This is gonna sound weird but GM says that the Camaro came in Summit White/Olympic White. They claim these are the same color with the same name but they are wrong! Olympic white is yellowish compared to SW so just make sure you specify to save you more trouble. ive had this issue with them b4.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:28 PM   #11
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Yeah this lady where I worked failed to do that, and wound up giving herself the ugliest purple stripe on a pretty blue Honda lol

The reason those touch-up tubes discolor is when they aren't climate controlled in shipping to the dealerships. We've got several orders that came in like that and the customers got VERY upset because they didn't try it out. It was winter and my guess was the cold air did something to the paint.

Temperature does absolutely nothing to the paint - unless you get to extremes like -20 or over 150. Being 'cold' does nothing to color - it will only make the paint thicker until warmed up.

It was probably never the right color if it isn't now - especially with a white - white will never get darker only more yellow.

If it didn't appear the same color after testing it take it back and ask for a fresh one - open it up and try it on something like several others have said.

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Old 04-27-2012, 08:33 PM   #12
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Temperature does absolutely nothing to the paint - unless you get to extremes like -20 or over 150. Being 'cold' does nothing to color - it will only make the paint thicker until warmed up.

It was probably never the right color if it isn't now - especially with a white - white will never get darker only more yellow.

If it didn't appear the same color after testing it take it back and ask for a fresh one - open it up and try it on something like several others have said.

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Thanks for the correction

I was going by what my boss was telling me. But he's no chemist...

Either way the paint was wrong.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:36 PM   #13
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If it is genuine GM touchup paint, the code on the bottle with be 50, or WA 8624. It will be described as "Olympic White" but that will be the correct code for your Summit White Camaro.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:45 PM   #14
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Thanks for the correction

I was going by what my boss was telling me. But he's no chemist...

Either way the paint was wrong.
Ha no biggie - I can understand why people think temperature is a big deal. But it's not food - it doesn't spoil.

Paint was wrong
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:15 PM   #15
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Sandor is right. Ask for GM wa8624 thats the factory code. If it were me id go to a reptuable collision repair shop and buy a fresh mix. Experienced technicians will have a Alternate formula which will match much better than the factory touch-up. Btw the paint will go on too light and will darken when dried. Another tip is to cut the brush part down with a razor blade to make it less noticable...
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:18 PM   #16
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If it is genuine GM touchup paint, the code on the bottle with be 50, or WA 8624. It will be described as "Olympic White" but that will be the correct code for your Summit White Camaro.
Thats not entirely true. When I ordered oem splash guards (from GM directly) in SW with the code you said, they came in Olmypic White. I was told it was the same color, different name. Well they were yellow compared to my car so I returned them. When I went to buy touch up paint they asked for my VIN bc "Camaro has 2 color codes, olympic white and SW" I asked to see both colors and you could clearly tell they were different whites.

Just be aware that this can be an issue.
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Angie your right their are two colors listed. Thats why i suggest going to a proffesional shop. If sbik21 came to my shop he wouldnt even have to give me the code. Hed simplky tell me the yr and model and id know exactly what he's needing. Besides i'd want his business if he ever (god forbid) got in an accident so i wouldnt even charge him! Parts guy at your dealership has not a clue compaired to a reputable shop.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:54 PM   #18
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The color code is on the driver side door frame, take a phone pic of it and show it to whoever is ordering for you.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:19 AM   #19
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I went to my dealer to get some touch up paint for my 2011 Summit White. The bottle has a code of 12345116 and the label shows the color to be white.

I opened the bottle and got some paint on its brush, but the paint is silver/greyish. Does the color turn white when dryed?

sorry if I posted in the wrong section, I searched on the site and saw some of the paint questions were in the General Discussion.
For the 2011 Summit White Camaro, the correct "Color Code" is GAZ. The "Touch-Up Paint Number" is WA-8624.

An educated guess is that these are the codes for all Summit White Camaros, regardless of model year.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:01 AM   #20
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When you take it back, specifically ask for Summit White. This is gonna sound weird but GM says that the Camaro came in Summit White/Olympic White. They claim these are the same color with the same name but they are wrong! Olympic white is yellowish compared to SW so just make sure you specify to save you more trouble. ive had this issue with them b4.
This is fact. I got a tube of touch up paint in Olympic White since it was the "right" color code or w/e and when I applied it, it was a tad bit yellower. I haven't used it since.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:23 AM   #21
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Those little bottles of touch-up paint are good for minimizing the visual impact of a deep chip, but there is no way in the world to make a scratch disappear... generally, scratches will look worse after the application of touch- up paint, because even if the color is the right shade, the "hills and valleys" created by painting will make a scratch stand out far more than before. For small scratches, try wax... even color matched wax (it works pretty good). For DEEP chips, a dab of touch- up paint will prevent a spot from catching the eye, but will still need a body shop to make it look flawless.

I use touch up pant quite a bit... little gravel chips, random spots... but I use it VERY sparingly.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:31 AM   #22
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I agree with Angie7. Olympic White has yellow tint. When I bought my car they said it was Olympic White but I thought it must be Rally Yellow.
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:07 PM   #23
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I need to do some touching up. On my 03 Lightning I pressure washed a half dollar sized spot of paint off the bumper and was able to order some paint online going off the paint code. Kinda looked crappy at first but wet sanding and polishing made it look factory to where you couldn't even tell a missing spot was repainted. Does anyone know the code to the 2011 black? And wheres the best place to buy/order paint from? The last cans I ordered had really cheap/crappy spray nozzles and it sprayed on crappy and leaked out of where the nozzle attached to the can. But on the plus side, the paint was a perfect match to the factory color (Sonic Blue). Would like to buy something of better quality this time around though.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:35 PM   #24
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So today I went to my dealer and asked about the touch up paint. Turns out he ordered the primer on accident.

Parts dept happened to have an extra bottle of GAZ paint from a couple weeks ago someone didn't pick up so they swapped it out for me.
Just an honest mistake, so it's no big deal.
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