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Old 03-25-2005, 05:03 PM   #1
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Garage Scrape Advice

I scraped the wheel arch area and a bit of the fender above it on my garage wall. Deep scrapes on the bumper; thru the paint to metal on the fender. Would you tackle this with touchup paint or is this a job for a body shop. If the latter, do you think they could do a spot touch up without a full and costly repaint.
Any experience/advice would be helpful. I am in the New Haven, CT area.

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Old 03-25-2005, 06:00 PM   #2
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A good body shop MAY be able to air brush that in but I would guess they will want to do the whole fender.

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Old 03-26-2005, 05:55 AM   #3
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Go to the dealer to see you can pick up some touch up paint (a small can with a tiny paint brush) and carefully do it yourself temporately, or bite the bullet have the fender and bumper repainted by the body shop. HTH.

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Old 03-26-2005, 11:28 AM   #4
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Any method will work, but quality will vary. If you're really trying to go for value (and you're comfortable doing it) I would remove the bumper yourself, tape anything needed, and carry it into a paint shop.

In a no-blending-needed job (which yours may be) if you've done the prep work then if you ask nice they'll usually paint it cheap. I had a Porsche-painted bumper completely redone for something like $50 because I walked in with it. All of about 15 minutes of labor on their end, no storage space needed on their part, no taping, etc.

There is always touch-up paint, though.


Wait... just saw the upper part of your damage. Your call man. If I was going for a good combo of saving-green with good results I'd probably do what I suggested for the bottom and personally touch-up the area above the reflector by hand.

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