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Bonnet respray - price?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by NickXX, 13 Sep 2009.

  1. NickXX

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    Hi all,

    I got a bit too enthusiastic with a Karscher and am now missing a fairly good chunk of lacquer from my bonnet. How much should I expect to pay to fix this? Will it be a full bonnet respray or can the clear coat be reapplied?

    With a full bonnet respray will I be looking at blending too?

    Many thanks,

    Nick
     
  2. randal

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    Bonnets aren't too bad, they're not like side panels where the blend has to go down the side. That said, you're still going to have to get the match very close. Depends how picky you are, what colour is the car out of interest?
     
  3. mjt

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    please tell me that's not from the M3..
     
  4. thepharcyde

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    My dad did this on his GTR, was the bumper though :(
     
  5. NickXX

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    :(

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    Any chance of just getting lacquer sprayed on or is this not possible?
     
  6. Clarkey

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    Can be done but you need mad skillz to blend it so that it's an invisible repair. The base will need to be spotted in too, that's not such a big deal to blend though. General technique for this would be to spot in the base then reclear the whole panel. A muppet (relatively speaking) could do the latter, whereas the former is a much more skilled job hence the price difference won't be huge.
     
  7. Housey

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    I think £300 would get you a good job.
     
  8. NickXX

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    That sounds good, I'd rather have them do that as I'd hate to have a mismatching bonnet. Is this a colour that's particularly hard to match? How much would you expect to pay for the full respray?
     
  9. Housey

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    I would have a full bonnet respray, might as well take the opportunity to get the chips and inperfections removed and a quality shop should be able to do it without an issue. My GT3 had a full bonnet respray before it was bought and it was perfect and I had the drivers door done just after I purchased it following a scratch and again this was bang on. I paid £299 for the door and they didn't blend either the bonnet or the door, which a good bodyshop should not need to do. Blending is not something a good shop will talk about in the main.
     
  10. Wicksta

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    It's removed the chrome from your kidney grilles as well.:eek:

    I'd probably have a go at rubbing it down so there is no 'loose' lacquer left, then give it a few coats from a can and then flat it back with wet and dry - got to be worth a go.
     
  11. Biohazard

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    i want to paint my grilles black, hate the shine.
     
  12. Berger

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    £299 for a door sounds a keen price as well for good work.


    Go see Gurdas and his dad ;):D
     
  13. Housey

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    I got the price an OPC would pay by removing my OPC from the loop, to be fair at their suggestion. The approved Porsche bodyshop Shorade in Cannock offered to do the job for OPC pricing, which was most reasonable and they have panel based pricing too. Didn't blend a thing, just returned the car with a perfect match and a repainted door.

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  14. NickXX

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    Oh cool, would be ideal if they don't blend. I will shop about for quotes.
     
  15. [TW]Fox

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    Wow housey, good job. Silver as well. Want to get my wing re-done where the 'approved bmw bodyshop' screwed it up and got a crap colour match ages ago.
     
  16. Biohazard

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    are bmw bodyshops expensive?
     
  17. [TW]Fox

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    Not as much as you'd think as insurance companies keep the rates down.
     
  18. Biohazard

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    what about a respray? not accident repair. I can see the cheque book weeping now..
     
  19. Housey

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    The problem is once most insurance companies become involed the job moves to one of price over quality for 95% of repairs. Some will be OK of course, but when you get to difficult colours or major repairs the likelyhood is you'll get issues somewhere. Most of the more specialised shops, the ones that have the best kit, employ the best people and use the best paints don't touch general insurance work or if they do will sacrifice quality to meet the pricing structure.
     
  20. lordrobs

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    Yup, I manged a lacquer repair on my car and its invisible to even my OCD affected eyes... then again my repair was in a much less obvious place by the front mud flap.