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I grow tired of seeing Spyder owners with pristine paint jobs (except maybe Uncle Mush). These clout-chasing BAT garage queens just burn me up inside. I'm jealous. And when I see another yellow Spyder with zero hue separation from panel to panel, a piece of me dies.

I challenge any Spyder owner with more shades of 1 color than me.

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Feeling some of this precipitated from my recent post. Feeling a little bad too, like in that old shampoo commercial..."don't hate me because I'm beautiful". lol Btw, no hard feelings (also an opp to post to get my number up!)

Fwiw, while the hues may match, my paint is far from perfect. Lots of nicks on the frunk, from stones on I95 I expect as the PO lived near to highway. Guess I'm a beneficiary of it having been a 1 owner car...except for that damn rip in the front bumper cover under the fog. Very well hidden by yellow duct tape!

Any "Harlequins" out there? Like VW used to sell new?
 

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Matte finish akin to that of a public basketball court
Basketball court? Looks more like like a 10 year old basketball that got bounced on rough concrete untill failure. That's pretty bad man. Very Sivarty style. At least it makes your headlights look very clear? Will this sprout feathers eventually?
 

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Very Sivarty style. At least it makes your headlights look very clear? Will this sprout feathers eventually?
Wow. Didn't know about Sivart's car until now. I am flabbergasted. That is truly something else. Luckily, its not the fate my car will see. Repainting all of the body panels as we speak. With a gloss finish, and a normal dashboard.
 

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Finally, someone mentions it, at least I wasn't the only one feeling the same!!

Its kinda funny cause I've been on both spectrums now with my current spyder. When I first bought it it was one of those pristine spyders but as time moved on and parking on the streets of NYC has done, it has literally deteriorated before my eyes. The entire front is basically sandblasted now with more than a hundred pits in the hood. Other than that I have the rear qtr panels, one door, one fender and the rear bumper all from different spyders of the same color. And the engine lid has these ghost lines from I think luggage holders from the previous owner.
 

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I just stripped it and sent it to paint this week. Bumpers had been previously repainted and did not match. Clear coat on windshield surround, top of mirrors and quarters was pealing. There were a number of small dings. Excited to see how it looks when I get it back.
 
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Don't knock the Harlequin, a 1996 VW Golf Harlequin sold on BAT in August for over $25k.
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I purchased my Spyder, which is all one color, from a 70-something lady who kept the car in a garage the entire 12 years she owned it. It resides in my garage now so my family affectionately refers to the car as "Princess". I've picked up a few dings in the few years I've owned it (rabbit threw his face into the bumper below the fog light 🐰, rock recently hit the front lip of the hood, and my initial noob mistake of forgetting to put the car in gear when I parked at an overlook on the Cherohala Skyway & rolled into the chrome exhaust of a vintage Ford). I'm trying to keep the car in good shape but it's definitely not a show car. I want a car I can drive so I'm not trying for pristine but don't want someone driving a piece of crap to slam their doors into it either :mad:
 

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Unfortunately "NYC street parking" doesn't fit in the same sentence as "pristine car" although tbh while I was commuting to downtown Brooklyn for school/work I never once had someone play bumper cars with the Spyder. I threw it in some pretty tight spots too....I think they actually purposely got close to /tapped the other car before doing so to mine which is a for better or worse outcome I suppose.
 

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Unfortunately "NYC street parking" doesn't fit in the same sentence as "pristine car" although tbh while I was commuting to downtown Brooklyn for school/work I never once had someone play bumper cars with the Spyder. I threw it in some pretty tight spots too....I think they actually purposely got close to /tapped the other car before doing so to mine which is a for better or worse outcome I suppose.
Yeah, I've watched NYC parking where you pull in behind another car until you hit the car in front of you and then back up until you hit the car behind you, then pull up a few inches, jump out, and go about your business. This is why many cars have bumper guards on their vehicles for parking in the city. I can't imagine parking my Spyder there- nope, keep it moving and get out of the city as soon as possible or better yet, park outside of the city and take the train.
 

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I once watched a woman in a Lincoln Navigator (very large SUV) pull up to a 2 seater Jeep Wrangler's rear bumper & then push it ~6 ft forwards so she could then have a space large enough to park behind it. Some ppl have no respect for other people's things whatsoever

I expect Texas/California/Arizona to win when it comes to shades of paint fade
 
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Looks like we're bumper brothers. All thing being equal, do yellow Spyders tend to fade worse than other colors?

My other theory is that there is a certain personality type that seeks out a yellow convertible, and that type of person enjoys their car in the sun more than the guy who chose silver brand new.
 

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Looks like we're bumper brothers. All thing being equal, do yellow Spyders tend to fade worse than other colors?

My other theory is that there is a certain personality type that seeks out a yellow convertible, and that type of person enjoys their car in the sun more than the guy who chose silver brand new.
Bright colors fade faster. Red the fastest.

This one got redone today.

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Don't knock the Harlequin, a 1996 VW Golf Harlequin sold on BAT in August for over $25k.
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Yeah, saw that when it was on BaT, but not the result. Impressive! I remember when I first learned VW offered them (probably in the mid-90s when I had a VR6 Passat Wagon...great engine!), but never met one in person. They aren't all the same pattern, think when you ordered it up that you basically got whatever panel color config by luck of draw.
 

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I bought my car with what I like to say is 50 shades of yellow. Several fender benders with poorly matched paint. A couple of parking lot dings that I pulled almost out with the hot glue gun tool. I covered the road achne on the hood with vinyl wrap. Only two or three wrinkles I couldn't get out. Not bad for my first try. O
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riginal painted wheels are looking poor. I did paint the heavily rusted brake calipers blue. She is a daily driver that runs good.
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I bought my car with what I like to say is 50 shades of yellow. Several fender benders with poorly matched paint. A couple of parking lot dings that I pulled almost out with the hot glue gun tool. I covered the road achne on the hood with vinyl wrap. Only two or three wrinkles I couldn't get out. Not bad for my first try. O
I can't see them in the picks, so for a first time I'd say you did well!
 
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