# Table Border Line with \cline bleaches out

I draw line with \cline in my table starting from the second column, because the first two rows are a merged cell. That works well as long as I do not use coloring of the cells. If I colorize the rows the \cline drawn line kind of bleaches out. I still can see some very faint border on the screen which presumably vanishes entirely if printed.

Does anyone knows a way around that problem?

Here is my minimal working example:

   \documentclass{article}
\usepackage{longtable}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{rotating}
\usepackage{hhline}
\usepackage{colortbl}
\usepackage{multirow}
\usepackage{titlesec}

\begin{document}

\newcounter{magicrownumbers}
\newcommand\rownumber{\stepcounter{magicrownumbers}\arabic{magicrownumbers}}

\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|r|l|l|l|}
\hline
\rowcolor[gray]{.90}
\multirow{2}{*}{\centering\rownumber}& \multicolumn{3}{c|}{\begin{minipage}{14cm}{\vspace{2mm}The text here\vspace{2mm}}\end{minipage}} \\
\cline{2-4}
\rowcolor[gray]{.90}
& Score: 1 & Remark: XXX & Substitute: KKKKK\\
\hline
% rowcolor[gray]{.90}
\multirow{2}{*}{\centering\rownumber}& \multicolumn{3}{c|}{\begin{minipage}{14cm}{\vspace{2mm}The text here\vspace{2mm}}\end{minipage}} \\
\cline{2-4}
%\rowcolor[gray]{.90}
& Score: 1 & Remark: XXX & Substitute: KKKKK\\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{table}

\end{document}

• take a look at: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/65231/… – Nico Boni Jan 8 '14 at 9:09
• when all else fails you can look at the package documentation, colortbl has a section with title "Less fun with \cline (the previous section having title "More fun with \hhline") – David Carlisle Jan 8 '14 at 9:39

Thank you that worked.

Here the fixed version (if you zoom in you can still see a faint something for the new gray line on gray background is drawn through the box, but I doubt that any printer is actually capable of printing that fine difference (or I see because of my retina display...dunno)

  \documentclass{article}
\usepackage{longtable}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{rotating}
\usepackage{hhline}
\usepackage{colortbl}
\usepackage{multirow}
\usepackage{titlesec}

\definecolor{gray}{rgb}{0.9,0.9,0.9}

\begin{document}

\newcounter{magicrownumbers}
\newcommand\rownumber{\stepcounter{magicrownumbers}\arabic{magicrownumbers}}

\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|r|l|l|l|}
\hline
\rowcolor[gray]{.90}
\multirow{2}{*}{\centering\rownumber}& \multicolumn{3}{c|}{\begin{minipage}{14cm}{\vspace{2mm}The text here\vspace{2mm}}\end{minipage}} \\
\hhline{|>{\arrayrulecolor{gray}}->{\arrayrulecolor{black}}|---|}
\rowcolor[gray]{.90}
& Score: 1 & Remark: XXX & Substitute: KKKKK\\
\hline
% rowcolor[gray]{.90}
\multirow{2}{*}{\centering\rownumber}& \multicolumn{3}{c|}{\begin{minipage}{14cm}{\vspace{2mm}The text here\vspace{2mm}}\end{minipage}} \\
\hhline{|>{\arrayrulecolor{white}}->{\arrayrulecolor{black}}|---|}
%\rowcolor[gray]{.90}
& Score: 1 & Remark: XXX & Substitute: KKKKK\\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{table}

\end{document}