Hopefully that will help someone else searching...
And there you solved it. .color.spot.color Thank you very much. I was doing just .color which of course completely messed up Illustrator.
Now I wish I could change the title of the post. That's what I get for trusting the word of the intarweb (after searching I read this was impossible).
Either way, hope this helps somebody else searching.
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