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The bottom line is: it's a very difficult color to match exactly. Also, painting on plastic vs metal exacerbates the issue. I had/have this same issue with a body shop that I trusted. When I first received the car, it was WAY off. I took it back and they improved it but I can still see the difference in very bright sun light. It blends better in dark lighting. The depth and richness of the red just isn't the same as the rest of the car. I still look at the bumpers almost every time I walk up to and away from my car. Eventually, I'll stop. A lot of people I point it out to can't tell a difference though. But I'm pretty OCD.

If you look at stock factory soul red paint on other cars (I've done this a lot), you'd notice that the bumpers are actually a little darker than the rest of the body. I guess it blends in better that way. Mine and yours look lighter.

I'm actually kind of glad to see that even a Mazda factory paint shop couldn't get it right. But looking at your pictures, it looks much better than mine. I'll dig up before and after pics later if you're interested.
 
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