Dime sized paint chip on front of hood, rusted.

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  1. Chrysler

    Chrysler New Member

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    Washed my car today and noticed about 1 inch above the drivers side headlight, there is a paint chip a tad smaller than a dime. I never noticed it before and it has already rusted a bit. What are my best options to rectify this? I work for a car dealership, and was quoted a price at our bodyshop of 183 dollars to repaint the entire hood. Seems a bit high to me, and that includes a break in the labor rate for being an employee.
    I don't mind having the entire hood painted if that's the best route to go. I appriciate any advice that can be offered, the vehicle is a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES, and I can provide pics of the chip if anyone needs, its like 11pm now, and I'll snap one tomorrow.


    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. flynfrog

    flynfrog Cool isnt Cheap

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    185 is damn cheap your best paintig the whole thing nothign else will look verry good
     
  3. a red heart

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    you could just use touch up paint on the area sand it down and buff it, would most likely look pretty good if you do it right.
     
  4. Jackhole

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    :werd: I don't know about the durability of it though.
     
  5. Chrysler

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    Thanks for the tips, I'm leaning towards doing the full paint, or either touch up and get a car bra, either one will run me about 150-180ish, gotta find some pics of lancers with a bra on now, thanks again!
     
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    bra=thesuck and will ruing the rest of your paint

    185 is realy fucking cheap it would be worth it
     
  7. a red heart

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    just try doing the touch up, if it goes badly repaint it. have nothing to lose.
     
  8. Jackhole

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    Bras aren't bad for your car if you use them correctly.
     
  9. flynfrog

    flynfrog Cool isnt Cheap

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    as long as you dont live on gravel like i do and you still have to take them off and clean them all the time
     
  10. Scottwax

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    Agreed.
     
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    I'm pretty much in the same situation, but my chip is probably 1/5 the size, and on my A pillar.

    My truck is just barely a year old, the rest of the paint is basically flawless. If I go the touch up route, I realize it'll look like shit, but will it at least seal the metal so it won't continue to rust? Last question, what is the best applicator?

    Many thanks
     
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    Just get the factory touch-up paint, brush it in, build it up a little higher than the surrounding paint. Wait a day then go over it with a polish or compound to level it. Won't be perfect but it will look better.
     
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    Hey Scott thanks for the info. Sorry about the PM earlier, it didn't even cross my mind that you probably get a bazillion PM's about the same shit every day. Next stop the stealership
     
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    And if you don't feel comfortable doing it have the detail shop handle it, since you work there I bet they'd handle it if you bought them lunch. If you're not happy with the result $185 isn't unreasonable for a respray.
     
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    just curious.. what color is the car? well, doesnt matter anyways because anything bigger than a grain of rice will look like shit.. unless its white.

    i would recommend:
    1) living with it. it wont get much worst than it is in the next year or years.

    2) repainting it. $183 is DAMN cheap for the entire hood. are you sure they wont just blend the area? vending to dealerships, i would NEVER trust them in fixing cosmetic work, as they usually find the cheapest people to do the job. sure, it might look good at first, but may turn to shit in a year or so.. ESPECIALLY the hood where the sun hits it a lot. ever notice cars out there with peeling, faded paint on just the hood, top, and/or trunk?
     
  16. MartyFukstein

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    They could do the entire hood for $183.

    Here's how:

    1. Sand out rust spot. Sand 4" beyond repair.
    2. Apply etch primer to bare metal
    3. Apply primer filler to 4" area. Wetsand primer 600 grit.
    4. Wetsand entire hood in 1000 grit.
    5. Dust on about .5 oz of basecoat over repair area.
    6. Clear entire hood.

    Should take about 2.5 hours in a production shop.

    They're likely skipping some steps:
    -no color blender
    -no filling of rock chips
    -they may not even remove his windshield fluid nozzles
    -cheap clear
    -no wetsand and buff

    That's the only way a respray of a hood could be done for $183.
     

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