When you've finally decided on the right rear spoiler or wing for your vehicle, it can't arrive quickly enough. Then, you want it to be ready for installation as soon as possible so you can begin enjoying the benefits of it. Because we understand this, we offer the option of ordering spoilers pre-painted by our manufacturers before shipping. Based on customer feedback and experiences relayed to us, we strongly recommend you consider choosing this option, for these very good reasons:
- The spoiler comes out of the box ready for installation.
- The paint match is guaranteed.
- The slight additional cost for painting is an incredible value.
- We save you the trouble of finding a paint shop to do the work.
In fact, we have these words on our website about the "painted" option:
"Before choosing this (unpainted) option, please note that it's unlikely that a local body shop will be able to paint a single spoiler for a lower price, as well as guarantee factory quality. Choose this option only if a body shop is painting other areas of your car. Ordering an already painted spoiler is the recommended option."
While the arrival time of a pre-painted spoiler may be delayed by several days to complete the process, we find customers typically end up waiting longer for their body shop of choice to "get around" to completing the same task - small spoilers are easily stacked in a corner and forgotten about. Many shops figure they'll squeeze it in between jobs, but pressure from insurance companies to complete other repairs often carries more weight - especially when those insurance companies are paying for a rental car until the insured's vehicle is completed.
Our spoiler manufacturers keep the painting charge very competitive. It's easy to presume a body shop can be found to do the job cheaper, but in reality that's often not the case. In a random sample we did of 10 spoilers from 5 different manufacturers ( JKS, Pure, Dawn, T5i, and D2S), the average additional charge for the paint work was just under $100 (the precise calculation was $98). Factor in your travel and fuel expenses (2 round-trips to and from the paint shop) and we seriously doubt that this price can be beat.
Because of their expertise with spoilers, our manufacturers will also ensure that the product is "paint ready" before the spray guns come out. Fiberglass, ABS plastic, urethane, and even carbon fiber materials are highly durable, corrosion-resistant, and long-lasting, but they will sometimes have minor imperfections that need correcting by specialists experienced with these materials. On this note, we encourage you to read our related article regarding installation of body kits to get a general idea of those inherent issues.
If you're looking at a specific spoiler that offers the "painted" option, you'll see the "painted" and "unpainted" choices in the product options drop-down menu. Selecting "painted" will require you to enter your vehicle's paint code. Since paint code locations vary from vehicle to vehicle, we've provided an easy guide to finding yours.
Simply click on the "Paint Codes" icon, then enter vehicle year, make, and model. A picture of your vehicle (or similar from the same manufacturer) will pop up, with its paint code location displayed clearly. It will also list all paint codes and color names for your vehicle with color bars next to them. (Please do NOT make your choice based on the color bar! Those are there for reference only, and are not intended to exactly match the paint on your vehicle.)
We cannot stress enough the importance of verifying the correct paint code number before ordering. All car companies offer similar-looking, yet different shades of reds, whites, blues, silvers, blacks, and many other colors, in metallic and non-metallic varieties. Guessing at the right color is likely to lead to disappointment at installation time. While our spoiler manufacturers guarantee a paint match, their only guarantee is that it will correctly match the paint code you selected. Consequentially, they will not repaint a spoiler a different color simply because you made the wrong choice. Should you prefer that your spoiler be in contrast to your vehicle, that's no problem. So if you own a silver Mitsubishi Evo but want the spoiler painted "Blue Pearl" found on Subaru WRXs, just provide the paint code of the Blue Pearl.
Once you have the paint code, key it into the ENTER PAINT CODE box within Product Options. Please do NOT key in the paint name. For example, "A956M" would be a paint code. But "Beluga Black" as the paint name would not be a correct entry here.
This is an important question to ask yourself, because pre-painted spoilers will arrive matching the brightness and hue of your vehicle's original factory paint code color when it was new. Some automotive paint colors fade more than others over time, especially in hot sunny climates when a vehicle sits outside most of its life. If you feel your paint has faded, you're better off leaving an unpainted spoiler and your vehicle with a body shop so they can match the color to how your paint appears now. If your vehicle has been repainted a different color, we can match that - but you must provide the paint code for the NEW color.
Once your new painted spoiler arrives, check it to make sure all is well, and be certain to look over the installation instructions. You may be comfortable performing the installation yourself, or you may want to enlist the help of a professional. Either way, we know that once it's installed, you'll be amazed at the transformation your car or truck exhibits with its new spoiler perched out back, perfectly matched to the surrounding paint!