So what you're saying is there could be noticeable variation from car to car? I saw one on a basically overcast day in a parking lot and up against a light grey (almost white) brick wall that appeared kind of a lighter purplish-blue, seemed strangely different (lighter) from others I've seen (mostly looked deep blue with an ever so slight tint of purple). Then again, the others I've seen under completely different conditions. I wonder if this color could vary that much depending on the amount of sunlight and surroundings, hmmm . . .b_a_betterperson said:The color of a car's paint can vary when viewed at different angles as the clearcoat can refract light light like a prism -- thereby changing the wavelengths to the observed. Every paint does it -- some more than others.
Dupont had that Mystic Green metallic on the Cobra few years ago. The properties of that paint allowed a viewing spectrum from green to purple to brown to orange. The problem with that paint is that if you had damage to one panel -- the whole car had to be redone.
Also, the paint application process itself can vary -- thereby slightly changing the color -- given the atmospheric conditions that it was applied in. Yellow Jacket, a pretty simple color, has four distinctly different variations in 2004 alone. Some other cars, like the Chrysler 300, have single paint colors that have a dozen different variations.