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Viper 'Blue' HELP :)

Viper 'Blue' HELP :)

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brubaker

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52 months

Wednesday 7th June
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Hey guys,

Firstly I'm not actually a Viper owner but have a TVR Chimaera which I'm having resprayed and the colour I'd like is Viper blue. I'm a little confused by the paint codes. I've read SBE and PBE in fact I've read a whole series of codessmile Does anyone have one in Blue and could give me the code and a picture of their car to match the two up.

The car is being painted in England and I live in Northern Ireland so I'll not even see the mix in person before it goes on.

Any help really appreciated.

8.4L 154

4,287 posts

175 months

Wednesday 7th June
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SBE is the Chrysler paint code and PBE is the sales code for the same colour which is the classic viper blue and white GTS colour.

Where it all falls down though is the paint formulation in the early 96/97 cars was not set and there is slight variation in the stock paint, additionally the different paint manufacturers metallic fleck size, shape and flop varies such that exact matching is difficult and some combinations give a brighter deeper finish than others, but its something you would only notice if you park a dull viper next to a bright one or repaint a panel and enter a world of matching trouble and most swabs I have seen mixed up from modern paint and my 09 in GTS Blue veer to the duller version compared to my 97 and I have personally witnessed three 96/97 cars with factory paint parked next to each other in the sun and there was clear differences between them.

Paint a whole car and you would probably never know as they all look pretty good on their own, but make sure you know what brand paint they use for later ref, but if I were you I'd be asking them to paint a test swab and post it to you for approval.

It is also a colour which is greatly affected by the colours around it, (the blue black/gold dress effect) so the white stripes brighten it, likewise on the ACR silver wheels brighten the whole car compared to the black wheels which change the mood of the paint from bright to more serious. Its a weird colour for sure, but spectacular in the right conditions and great in the wrong ones.


brubaker

Original Poster:

2 posts

52 months

Thursday 8th June
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That's amazing and thats the blue I want. I'll pass the paint code on. Beautiful cars BTW

Peter