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Post by tennis serve » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:41 pm

we ill be getting a new car in feb 2020 ,our present car is 20 years old and 300000 miles on it . my wife always admired the gold color of the acura legend of 1991. is it feasible 5to special order this color at extra cost ? this would be awesome gift to her for our 50 th wedding anniversary !

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Post by fru-gal » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:53 pm

Not sure what you'e asking. Is it possible to order that color? what would be the cost? If it can't be ordered with the new car, a good body shop could repaint it in the exact color.

I periodically had my ancient Mustang repainted in its original color as it needed it. Years later I got a Buick and had it painted the Mustang color. As I recall, the body shop had to scrounge around to find the formula for the color at that time.

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Post by SrGrumpy » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:01 pm

tennis serve wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:41 pm
Is it feasible to special order this color at extra cost ?
It's America. Anything is feasible. Happy July 4.

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Post by fru-gal » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:02 pm

Is this the color, Golden Glow Pearl?

You want to be sure the appropriate other stuff is done, like a clearcoat if it had that.

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Post by Kenkat » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:11 pm

If you want the future paint to last 20 years and 300,000 miles, I would get the closest standard factory color you can find for that particular model and say “close enough”. It is very difficult to do a post production paint job as good and as durable as the original factory paint. It is possible, but you won’t know for sure until years down the road.

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tennis serve wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:41 pm
we ill be getting a new car in feb 2020 ,our present car is 20 years old and 300000 miles on it . my wife always admired the gold color of the acura legend of 1991. is it feasible 5to special order this color at extra cost ? this would be awesome gift to her for our 50 th wedding anniversary !
Gold sounds great. Best of luck.

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Post by tim1999 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:27 pm

I know that gold color on the early 1990s Legend, those were good looking cars.

Maybe try an aftermarket "wrap" from a local reputable company that puts them on high end, exotic cars. They can make them to match basically any color you can imagine. A decent one will cost you at least a few grand. I highly doubt Acura would do any kind of variation from the factory on their standard colors. (Your post doesn't clearly state this, but I am guessing you are looking to buy a new Acura).

Audi has a special order option for like $4,000 or so that gives you access to about 50-60+ additional colors, but I wouldn't buy an Audi planning on keeping it for 20 years.

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Post by 7eight9 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:51 pm

I can't attest to the accuracy of this list but from a quick search:

Porsche
Audi (some models only)
Mercedes (Models made at the Sindelfingen plant only)
BMW
Lamborghini
Ferrari (color must be factory-approved. They famously won’t do pink.)
Bentley
Rolls-Royce
Aston Martin
McLaren

https://www.quora.com/If-I-want-a-custo ... he-factory
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Post by MotoTrojan » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:54 pm

tim1999 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:27 pm
I know that gold color on the early 1990s Legend, those were good looking cars.

Maybe try an aftermarket "wrap" from a local reputable company that puts them on high end, exotic cars. They can make them to match basically any color you can imagine. A decent one will cost you at least a few grand. I highly doubt Acura would do any kind of variation from the factory on their standard colors. (Your post doesn't clearly state this, but I am guessing you are looking to buy a new Acura).

Audi has a special order option for like $4,000 or so that gives you access to about 50-60+ additional colors, but I wouldn't buy an Audi planning on keeping it for 20 years.
+1 for the wrap. Also nice as it’ll protect the paint and resale value.

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Re: car color

Post by tennis serve » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:24 pm

thankyou all for helpful advice, thinking of having this done on a lexus rh450 .

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:29 pm

Kenkat wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:11 pm
If you want the future paint to last 20 years and 300,000 miles, I would get the closest standard factory color you can find for that particular model and say “close enough”. It is very difficult to do a post production paint job as good and as durable as the original factory paint. It is possible, but you won’t know for sure until years down the road.
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Post by Watty » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:12 pm

Kenkat wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:11 pm
If you want the future paint to last 20 years and 300,000 miles, I would get the closest standard factory color you can find for that particular model and say “close enough”. It is very difficult to do a post production paint job as good and as durable as the original factory paint. It is possible, but you won’t know for sure until years down the road.
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In the next few months when you are walking through parking lots be sure to notice how many cars have problems with their paint.

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Post by bloom2708 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:15 pm

Go with White and a Gold Bow.

Re-painting factory paint is a bad idea. It just doesn't hold up. You might spend $10k to have the car sandblasted and painted, clear coat by a professional. Even $10k might not do it justice.
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Re: car color

Post by fru-gal » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:29 pm

bloom2708 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:15 pm
Go with White and a Gold Bow.

Re-painting factory paint is a bad idea. It just doesn't hold up. You might spend $10k to have the car sandblasted and painted, clear coat by a professional. Even $10k might not do it justice.
I believe the max I ever paid to have my Mustang repainted was about $5000 and it would last 10-15 years. I had it done maybe 3 times over the time I owned the car.

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Re: car color

Post by Kenkat » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:10 pm

A vinyl wrap is a great way to accomplish this - good thinking from the above posters.

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Post by fru-gal » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:24 pm

I don't know anything about wrapping, so I looked it up. Here is Car & Driver on it:

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a ... wrap-cost/

They say it can last 4-5 years and cost $2000 to $10000. Personally, I would go with paint.

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Post by bloom2708 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:46 pm

fru-gal wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:29 pm
bloom2708 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:15 pm
Go with White and a Gold Bow.

Re-painting factory paint is a bad idea. It just doesn't hold up. You might spend $10k to have the car sandblasted and painted, clear coat by a professional. Even $10k might not do it justice.
I believe the max I ever paid to have my Mustang repainted was about $5000 and it would last 10-15 years. I had it done maybe 3 times over the time I owned the car.
Did you paint it a different color each time? Or re-spray the same color?

I was thinking of the effort to do it right. Dissasemble. Spray with multiple coats. Clear Coat multiple times. Re-assemble.

If the OP is ok with door jams, under the hood, trunk not matching I'm sure Maaco would spray any car for $599.

Just not a good idea on a new car. It won't turn out good.
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Post by dm200 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:47 pm

I would pick am available color - closest to what satisfies you.

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Post by fru-gal » Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:26 pm

bloom2708 wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:46 pm
fru-gal wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:29 pm
bloom2708 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:15 pm
Go with White and a Gold Bow.

Re-painting factory paint is a bad idea. It just doesn't hold up. You might spend $10k to have the car sandblasted and painted, clear coat by a professional. Even $10k might not do it justice.
I believe the max I ever paid to have my Mustang repainted was about $5000 and it would last 10-15 years. I had it done maybe 3 times over the time I owned the car.
Did you paint it a different color each time? Or re-spray the same color?

I was thinking of the effort to do it right. Dissasemble. Spray with multiple coats. Clear Coat multiple times. Re-assemble.

If the OP is ok with door jams, under the hood, trunk not matching I'm sure Maaco would spray any car for $599.

Just not a good idea on a new car. It won't turn out good.
The mustang was originally light blue. I think it was the second time I had it painted that I changed it to dark blue. Of course, all the painted surfaces were painted the new color. The buick went from green to dark blue.

Of course the OP should get the car in an interior color that goes with the new exterior color.

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Re: car color

Post by tennis serve » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:13 pm

what color would you order from the factory to then repaint with golden glow pearl with clearcoat?

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:21 pm

fru-gal wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:24 pm
I don't know anything about wrapping, so I looked it up. Here is Car & Driver on it:

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a ... wrap-cost/

They say it can last 4-5 years and cost $2000 to $10000. Personally, I would go with paint.
My only experience with vinyl wrapping on a vehicle came from some work we had done on some of our workplace vehicles, on which we had logos and things applied. I'm sure that's not the same as a wrap intended to cover the entire car, so this may be an apples-to-oranges comparison. But I do know that I saw some serious degradation on those logo wraps over the space of about four to five years. Those vehicles were always stored outdoors in our parking lot 365 days a year. If you plan to leave your car garaged when not being driven, then (to coin a pun) "your mileage may vary".
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Re: car color

Post by Pinotage » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:32 pm

tennis serve wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:13 pm
what color would you order from the factory to then repaint with golden glow pearl with clearcoat?
Check out the factory color Satin Cashmere Metallic. It is a subtle gold/beige metallic color not that far off from the early 90s Acuras.

example: https://www.magnussenlexusfremont.com/V ... 3432674853

If you really, really want to go through with custom painting the car - two thoughts:

1 - Ask the auto shop who will be painting it, they will probably have an opinion on what will make for the easiest transition

2 - pick something that won't be jarring when old/new colors are both visible. Think underhood red meets fender gold. Yikes.

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Post by ssquared87 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:34 pm

Just because you liked the color on that Acura does not mean you’ll like it on the new car. The shape and style of the car has a lot to do with which colors look good on it. You’re better off just buying a car that looks good to you with one of the factory paint options.

The jelly bean looking Lexus you’re looking at isn’t going to look great in that color. And since Lexus doesn’t do custom colors, you’ll have to get this done aftermarket either on your own or have the dealer send the car to a body shop. A decent paint job is minimum $5k but closer to $10k and won’t be as good as the paint from the factory.

If you don’t like the way the Lexus looks in any of the standard colors, you’re better off just getting a different car. The Lexus isn’t worth what they’re charging anyway, it’s just an overpriced Camry with leather seats and a higher suspension.

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Post by tennis serve » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:50 pm

appreciate all the thoughtful input.

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Post by SR II » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:03 pm

I'm not familiar with the Lexus rh450 (is this correct?), but wouldn't repaint a brand new car unless I had to! I'd pick the color I like best on that particular model and only consider painting it your wife's favorite color after it has been in a wreck!

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Post by fru-gal » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:04 pm

ssquared87 wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:34 pm
Just because you liked the color on that Acura does not mean you’ll like it on the new car. The shape and style of the car has a lot to do with which colors look good on it. You’re better off just buying a car that looks good to you with one of the factory paint options.

The jelly bean looking Lexus you’re looking at isn’t going to look great in that color. And since Lexus doesn’t do custom colors, you’ll have to get this done aftermarket either on your own or have the dealer send the car to a body shop. A decent paint job is minimum $5k but closer to $10k and won’t be as good as the paint from the factory.

If you don’t like the way the Lexus looks in any of the standard colors, you’re better off just getting a different car. The Lexus isn’t worth what they’re charging anyway, it’s just an overpriced Camry with leather seats and a higher suspension.
I just looked at that Lexus on the web. I would like a golden color myself better than the standard colors.

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Post by fru-gal » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:06 pm

SR II wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:03 pm
I'm not familiar with the Lexus rh450 (is this correct?), but wouldn't repaint a brand new car unless I had to! I'd pick the color I like best on that particular model and only consider painting it your wife's favorite color after it has been in a wreck!
I bought a used white Lexus this year. The finish is perfect. But if I had money to throw around, I would have had it painted my favorite blue color.

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Post by iamblessed » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:01 pm

I bought a car that I got a good deal on. I thought about painting it. I asked some car friends that told me to leave it alone. I did what they said.

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Post by DanMahowny » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:46 am

A good friend owns a very successful used car lot.

He says, "gold cars are old people cars, and will hurt resale value since only old people will buy them."

My car is gold. My wife's car is also gold.
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tennis serve wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:24 pm
thankyou all for helpful advice, thinking of having this done on a lexus rh450 .
Have you talked to Lexus about this, or would you rather just take the word of a bunch of folks on the internet? :happy

If I wanted a new Lexus in a special color, I'd probably ask Lexus if they can do a special order that way.

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tennis serve wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:13 pm
what color would you order from the factory to then repaint with golden glow pearl with clearcoat?
Find a really good paint shop and ask them. At the same time you can get a ballpark number for a complete re-paint.

I seriously doubt that Lexus will do a custom color but it never hurts to ask. Factory paint would likely hold up much better.
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Post by ohai » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:03 am

I wonder how today's cars will age with all the new cabin technology. For instance, how will Apple Car Play look in 20 years?

Anyway, my feeling is that it won't be worth the money to get this custom color. Also, I think you have to be a rapper to drive around in a gold Lexus nowadays. Consumer style has changed in the last 20 years. Maybe it changes back in the next 20 years though. Who knows.

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Post by fru-gal » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:14 am

ohai wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:03 am
I wonder how today's cars will age with all the new cabin technology. For instance, how will Apple Car Play look in 20 years?

Anyway, my feeling is that it won't be worth the money to get this custom color. Also, I think you have to be a rapper to drive around in a gold Lexus nowadays. Consumer style has changed in the last 20 years. Maybe it changes back in the next 20 years though. Who knows.
Pooh :-) I know a very successful real estate agent with a gold colored car. I think it's a Lexus, if I remember correctly but it's been a few years since I saw it.

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Post by RootSki » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:34 am

ohai wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:03 am
I wonder how today's cars will age with all the new cabin technology. For instance, how will Apple Car Play look in 20 years?
My guess is the cars where the infotainment system is blended into the dashboard/console will age better than the cars that look like the manufacturer forgot about the screen and just slapped one on. I’m looking at you 2019 Toyota RAV4, with an etch-a-sketch on the dashboard...

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RootSki wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:34 am
ohai wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:03 am
I wonder how today's cars will age with all the new cabin technology. For instance, how will Apple Car Play look in 20 years?
My guess is the cars where the infotainment system is blended into the dashboard/console will age better than the cars that look like the manufacturer forgot about the screen and just slapped one on. I’m looking at you 2019 Toyota RAV4, with an etch-a-sketch on the dashboard...
I for one detest all the proprietary entertainment systems now in terms of fit in the dash.
Shame there's not an updated DIN standard for the core system and optional outboard display/touchscreen and manual controls interfaces.

Stupid to have a car you might keep 10-20 years and no decent upgrade path for the driver electronics.

Been lucky with my 1999 Ford F-150 that preceded this nonsense with a 1-1/2 height DIN cavity. Wish it had been full 2x height, but being able to use off the shelf radios, w latest having Bluetooth and USB for streaming and MP3 as well as aux inputs has been very nice (don't even have a CD player any more).

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tennis serve wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:41 pm
we ill be getting a new car in feb 2020 ,our present car is 20 years old and 300000 miles on it . my wife always admired the gold color of the acura legend of 1991. is it feasible 5to special order this color at extra cost ? this would be awesome gift to her for our 50 th wedding anniversary !
You drive a car 300,000 miles. Congratulations on that!
Obviously you want to like almost everything about it if you keep it that long, especially the appearance. I admit color has a lot to do with that.
But you drive a car 300,000 miles. Get a factory color that will last. If you have to pay more for the color from the factory, I get that. Having it repainted or wrapped sounds like something that won't last as long as your car will.
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Re: car color

Post by tennis serve » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:44 pm

I am getting older,married for 50 years ,would be happy if repaint would last 10 years or 100,000 miles. would this change the equation ?

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tennis serve wrote:
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I am getting older,married for 50 years ,would be happy if repaint would last 10 years or 100,000 miles. would this change the equation ?
Not much. A paint job that will last you 10 years is still going to be a 5-10k cost aftermarket. Anything cheaper they won’t be able to put the time in to properly prep the car by stripping the old paint. Cheaper paint jobs will just be sprayed on top of the existing paint and won’t bond well. The bulk of the cost and time is in stripping the old paint off to get a proper surface for the paint to adhere to. Even then, it won’t be as good as factory because when the car is being built they dip the entire chassis into an electrostatic bath so the paint adheres better to the chassis. They also aren’t able to bake the car at the 600+ degrees that the factory can because the entire interior would melt. After market paint jobs can look amazing if done right, but most of the time durability won’t match factory.

Why not just get a bmw instead and pay $5k for their individual program which will allow you to select pretty much any color you want and have a factory paint job.

The only downside is you can’t get individual colors on the SUVs because the factory in the US that makes all the SUVs doesn’t have the capability to do individual colors. Only the sedans made in Munich/Dingolfing can get individual colors. It’s a better quality car than the Lexus and drives a lot better too...it’s a little less reliable but not much. Toyota wouldn’t be using the BMW inline 6 in their Supra if they weren’t confident in its long term reliability.

Any BMW with the 40i in the name has the 3.0 inline 6 that Toyota desperately wanted for their Supra because they knew their V6 engines were inferior and not good enough for their halo product. Since the model you’re considering is a hybrid, you can get the bmw 5 as a plug in hybrid with either an in-line 4 or in line 6 cylinder engine...the 530e is the 4 cylinder plug in hybrid currently available and has excellent reviews, it will get a bigger battery for 2020 so it’s worth waiting for. In 2020 or 2021 the 545e will be available which is a plug in hybrid with the 6 cylinder engine from the Supra if you want more refinement. The ride, interior and seats comfort are far better than anything Lexus puts out and it’s about the same price if you don’t mind haggling a little. I have pretty serious back issues and test drove the Lexus GS and LS and the bmw was much better and more comfortable than both of them.

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Re: car color

Post by bstewie » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:32 pm

Watty wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:12 pm
Kenkat wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:11 pm
If you want the future paint to last 20 years and 300,000 miles, I would get the closest standard factory color you can find for that particular model and say “close enough”. It is very difficult to do a post production paint job as good and as durable as the original factory paint. It is possible, but you won’t know for sure until years down the road.
+1000

In the next few months when you are walking through parking lots be sure to notice how many cars have problems with their paint.
^ this, don’t purchase a wrap, you will regret it. find a close enough factory paint. if you want to get crazy, have a paint correction done on the factory paint and keep it clean and protected the correct way. factory paint is full of minor scratches, even on high end cars, just a fact of life. factory paint is remarkably difficult to beat, particularly as a percentage of the cost of the vehicle for an acura (if you have ocd and want it perfect $$$).

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Re: car color

Post by tennis serve » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:20 pm

thankyou all for your thoughtful input ,reluctantly will have to give up on the dream of golden glow color.

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Re: car color

Post by tim1999 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:02 pm

DanMahowny wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:46 am
A good friend owns a very successful used car lot.

He says, "gold cars are old people cars, and will hurt resale value since only old people will buy them."
Yep, my friend in the biz calls that color "retirement gold".

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Re: car color

Post by dwickenh » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:08 pm

Kenkat wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:11 pm
If you want the future paint to last 20 years and 300,000 miles, I would get the closest standard factory color you can find for that particular model and say “close enough”. It is very difficult to do a post production paint job as good and as durable as the original factory paint. It is possible, but you won’t know for sure until years down the road.
+1, I was in the body/paint business for 18 years and the factory paint is usually the best finish
your car will ever have. I would not do a repaint on a new car just to change the color.
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