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Yup, correct base coat is everything when it come to getting a good match to the factory color. That said, even professional auto body painters can have difficulty getting a perfect match to factory finishes, particularly with some colors. This is why Honda paints all of it's replacement painted body parts at the same time they paint the body parts used for bike production, so that the new part is as close to matching the original painted parts as possible. Which then explains why when Honda sells out of a particular replacement body part, they become NLA on the parts listings... when they're gone, Honda doesn't make any more.
Former Factory Test Rider/Technician