Originally Posted by djantlive
blending or not is depends on the color and condition of the original paint.
certain colors are very hard to match. for those, blending is needed to make it 100%. without blending, the painter needs to be top notch on metallic colors to make it very close to 100%. your run of the mill body shop won't do.
Not really true. Bumpers are almost never blended regardless of paint age unless the customer wants to pay the difference as insurance is never going to cover it.
Colors are always harder to match as they age regardless of metallic or otherwise. Regardless, it will always be up to the customer to pay extra if they want something other than a straight paint on a bumper. I have NEVER seen an insurance company pay to blend a panel when a bumper is replaced.