How much do you think it'll cost to fix this scratch?

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  1. attomica

    attomica Active Member

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    It's on the hood of my '02 Pearl White Acura RL. It's a new blemish...I didn't see it there the day before yesterday.

    It's about 2.25 inches long and pretty deep. You can definitely feel it and can even see metal on the end of the scratch. I don't know what caused it and never will, so I just want to get it fixed.

    Will they have to refinish the whole hood or can something like this be fixed in a localized manner and blended? Any advice will be appreciated.

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    Yeah, it's dirty right now because we've had a lot of rain lately. Normally, I have it really clean.
     
  2. Labster

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    You can fill and sand the scratch and it will look ok but it'll never truly be 100%. The only real way to fix it will be to get the hood repainted and blended. Least that's my opinion.
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Pearl paint? No blendiing that in, you'll have to repaint the entire hood. Seriously. Pearl is a bitch to spot paint and blend.
     
  4. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    :werd: That paint is more than likely tri-stage... blending is virtually impossible unless you're God.... and even He would only get it to work 1 time out of 100.
     
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    Okay so, any ideas on what it'll run me to paint the whole hood? Will they be able to match the color accurately?
     
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    What's your deductible? It will exceed it - trust me.

    Might as well file it on your insurance. Besides, most body shops will work with you and help absorb some/most of the deductible anyway.
     
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    I'm thinkin $4-500 with blending into the fenders :dunno: you could go cheaper though
     
  8. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    attomica-ignore that remark. Do not go cheap on pearl paint. Do not go cheap on any paint but especially with pearl.

    Quality paint and excellent painting skills do not come cheap. Shitty paint jobs do.
     
  9. MartyFukstein

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    A touchup specialist can touch that up for $100. It won't look perfect. Call local car dealers for a touchup guy.

    Or you could have a body shop repaint the hood. Should be $550 because it's a tri coat. No need to paint the fenders--shouldn't be a problem w/ color match.
     
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    Okay, thanks guys.
     
  11. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    That's true IF the shop has good equipment for color matching their mix to the adjacent panels. Some cheaper shops will just guess at it with a line-card, which may or may not end up matching properly.
     
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    No need for equipment.

    You have to get the right number of midcoats (pearl) on a spray out card. Could be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 to get the right match. Once it looks right on the card, you apply the same number of coats to the hood. Spray wax/grease remover to simulate clear and check your color match at the fenders.

    White pearls are not too tough actually.
     
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    flynfrog Cool isnt Cheap

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    it will never match perfectly paint the whole car
     
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    Well, I went to a shop close to home to see what to expect. Turns out it's a pretty decent place. The estimator gave a great explanation of what the fix would entail and took me to see the back where they have their mixing room, spray booth, etc. Looked like a complete operation. They had several jobs going on and one of them had pearl paint. I gave it as good a look as I could and it appeared to be a seamless match. The estimator had the right attitude. Confident in their work, but not arrogant or trying the hard sell. I feel like I can trust this place to do a good job.

    He applied some touch-up paint, just to keep it from rusting, and said to schedule the refinish when I was ready. The estimate was $485. I know it may not be flawless, but if they get it as close as they can, that's good enough for me.

    Thanks for everyone's advice.
     

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