Help fixing this damage?

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by Musouka, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Musouka

    Musouka New Member

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    So, I've read several of the stickies and will hopefully be following Scottwax's one hour wash and wax guide this weekend if all goes well. However, I have a minor detail to attend to.

    A month or so ago, I came back to my car to find that someone had pulled a hit and run on me. It looked bad at first, but most of the damage was just paint dust/flakes (dunno cause i'm a complete noob) but it just fell off easily with my hand. What was left were two black marks near my left rear taillight and a series of lower scratches.

    I snapped a few pics to show the damage:

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    Lol at my camera shooting skills and lol at 4 year old digi cam.

    Anyway, when I run my fingernail along these towards the edge of the black mark, it seems like it catches the silver paint, so I'm thinking the paint was scrapped off? Like I said, I'm a complete noob so any information would be helpful. Car is a 2006 SAAB 9-3 (non-aero unfortunately) if that makes any difference.
     
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    If the paint is gone, then you either will have to touch it up (which looks okay) or get it refinished (which looks a lot better).
     
  3. Holden_C04

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    I am afraid to say that the only decent repair you can make, is a repaint - especially on metallic silver.

    EDIT: Damn, beaten by one minute. lol
     
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    Welcome to OT - Detailing forum! :bigthumb:
     
  5. Musouka

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    Hmmm, how much would it cost to get it refinished?

    Is touching up a fairly simple process?

    EDIT: Just looked up some info on touching up and I'm a bit confused on what I'd need to buy and what process I should follow. It does look like a relatively cheap option though.
     
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    IMO i'd take it to a bodyshop. Silver sucks ass to get matched perfect and those scratches aren't exactly tiny. :dunno:
     
  7. MartyFukstein

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    Touchup will look stupid with that color.

    Find an onsite bumper specialist. Call local car dealerships for a reference.

    He'll come to you and fix that in 1 hour for $200.

    Bodyshops will want $450 and have your car for 3 days. Avoid them.
     
  8. Musouka

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    Ok, I'll look around for some. I do have a good bodyshop that I use but I definately didn't think it was worth it for this little damage although this bodyshop does good work (let's just say my driver side door isn't the original..., damn 70 year old men backing up in their f150s while I'm stopped at a fucking stop light and putting a nice dent in my door along with a ton of scratches :squint:)
     
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    silver is the hardest color to match perfectly. ive seen more than my fair share of FAILURES. itll always match in the night, untill sun hits it and its a day and night difference from the factory paint and the remix
     
  10. Musouka

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    I did find this one site that will supposedly match the color for me... but I don't know if I should trust them or if it will even come close to being a correct match: www.paintscratch.com

    You just put in your make/model/year and it gives you the colors the car came in and then you can choose your color, but I am a bit skeptical that they would actually be able to match up the colors correctly.
     
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    duplicolor matches perfect :dunno:

    but silvers rough, any slight difference in primer or anything and it'll look a shade off.
     
  12. MartyFukstein

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    The color will match perfectly, but when you apply it with a brush/spraycan, the repair will look stupid.
     
  13. albuffit

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    i would not go the cheap way unless you want it to flake in a few months. dealership uses the cheapest guys around and quality isnt a priority.. just how it looks for now so you can sell the car. plus the temperature might not be right outside and dust gets on the wet paint. i will definitely bring it to a bodyshop.
     
  14. MartyFukstein

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    Depends on the mobile tech and the materials he uses. You couldn't stay in business if your paint jobs flake in months...car dealerships don't want the bad PR from that.

    There's no reason a good mobile tech with good references (contact Lexus dealers--they are very selective) couldn't do the same job for half of a body shop and do it in your driveway.
     
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    thegoodson This morning she made me eat her hair pie.

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    very selective on mobile body repairmen is like saying youre careful selecting assisted suicide doctors. well, maybe not that bad, but you are not going to get a proper repair in a parking lot that will be as durable as a done-right job in a reputable collision shop.
     
  16. Musouka

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    Well, it looks like I might be taking it to the bodyshop I've used before (they do really good work).

    However, I'm leaving for a vacation soon, so I can't get it in for awhile but I want to give it a nice wash before I leave (it needs one anyway). Would there be any problems with this like possible rusting or something else? And if I do end up deciding to not get it repaired, would there be any problems in the long-term (besides having a few scratches on my car lol)? I just hope it doesn't end up costing too much(yea right...). :x:
     
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    i do touchup and paint correction for dealerships including bmw, porche, audi, etc.. i get to see the prep work and see what they do and use.. the only guy who did a good prep job and use only ppg deltron paint (not exactly cheap) is BMW.. the other guys just fill with bondo, sand, scruff up, then spray (2 quick layers) no wonder what the weather is.. they will do a bumper in 10-30 minutes tops where the bmw guy does 2-3 cars a day. :eek4:
     
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    dont worry bro.. plastic doesnt rust. good decision!
     
  19. Musouka

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    Plastic? Isn't it some sort of metal? It feels a lot more like metal than plastic to me.
     
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    Thank you. Sorry I didn't make a proper introduction. I'm on so many car detailing forums these days...

    Anyway, Scottwax knows who I am. If you're curious, feel free to google my username. I go by a few different ones so I'll list them:

    Holden_C04
    HoldenC04
    HoldenCaulfield04
    Holden_Caulfield04
    HoldenC
     

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