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I definitely earned the "idiot-of-the-day" award last Saturday. Not seeing the R I hop in the family gas-guzzler figuring that my wife took my car out for the day. As the garage door opens I fire up the SUV and throw it in reverse. Half way out of the garage I see my wife in the garden and... you guessed it... <B>CRUNCH!</B> <p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I've been so sick to my stomach following this event that it took me several days just to look at the pictures. If there is a bright side to all of this the damage could have been much worse. There is absolutely no body damage whatsoever... just a bunch of ugly deep scratches on the rear fender and bumper. <p>Can anyone with dealer/bodyshop experience advise me on my refinishing options? I'm heading to a couple of bodyshops this Thursday for estimates. My question is can an airbrush guru likely conceal this since there is no body damage? <p>Ouch #1...<br><IMG SRC="http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/7408/dsc01846ep2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Ouch #2...<br><IMG SRC="http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/8208/dsc01847pq4.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Stop judging me, <I>BOY!!!</I><br><IMG SRC="http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/8359/dsc01853hf0.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Still the best looking car in Home Depot's lot... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><IMG SRC="http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/3067/dsc01861js9.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Of course, the SUV still looks like new... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> Thanks in advance.<p>- Tryg
 

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Re: Saturday was a VERY BAD day... need some advice on refinishing options. (RainyS60R)

Sorry to hear of your misfortune. It looks like you will need to have that piece repainted to make it look like new.
 

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Re: Saturday was a VERY BAD day... need some advice on refinishing options. (Kirb)

The bright side is that no one, including the cute kid in the stoller, was not injured, just a little paint. <p>Paint work, get a good recommendation for a local body shop. Maybe have him spray a few extra peices for fun while he has the paint in the gun. Grill surround, badges, cut open front air ducts and spray those, or maybe an interior peice. I wonder how the center tunnel where the cupholder is would look good body color.<p>sorry...just trying to look for the upside. Always make new mistakes, so if you haven't done this before, don't do it again.
 

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Re: Saturday was a VERY BAD day... need some advice on refinishing options. (RainyS60R)

I recommend talking to your insurance agent. You may not want to file a claim, but from my experience, they are THE BEST source for body shop recommendations. Ask them who has the best reputation for quality in your area. After all, who else has has more experience with dealing with body shops and the subsequent customer satisfaction issues?<p>On several occasions, my agent has sent "quality control inspectors" to my work or my home to inspect the work and also to get my feedback on the shop's services, convenience, price, etc. <p>I'm guessing that a body shop quote would include refinishing (sanding, priming), spot/blend color coat, and then clear over the whole panel(s). <p>$400? (Sorry)<p>I'd also seek out the touch-up kind of places for comparison. Again, ask your agent if their clients have been satisfied with that type of work.<p>I've been in your shoes. Trust me, the pain is only temporary. It goes away almost immediately after the bill has been paid!<p>
 

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Re: Saturday was a VERY BAD day... need some advice on refinishing options. (FineProperty)

That'll buff right out <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>It shouldnt be to expensive if there is no body damage.
 

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i need some advice too for removing a light 5" scratch on my rear driver side door. i THINK it may have come from a pine tree during a violent storm we had last week, because it doesn't look like an intentional scratch.<p>i used 2 types of meguiars rubbing compound but i used a cotton cloth since i am not skilled with a buffer.<p><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>don't worry rainy, the R's will be back to looking good in no time <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Good info here for those bold/skilled/broke enough to DIY...<p><A HREF="http://www.paintscratch.com/" TARGET="_blank">http://www.paintscratch.com/</A><p>The main advantage of this place is they will sell you small quantities of materials. If you've ever looked at the price of a quart of DuPont metallic color, you know what I mean. The tech tips on this site are great, too.
 

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ask your dealer where to take it they will know which shops around you are certified to work on volvos thats what i did when i backed into my brothers car.
 

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It's really important to find a body shop that is regarded highly... If you were to ask a service advisor at my dealership, they would tell you to use our in-house shop... They are certified to work on Volvo's, I car certification, blah blah blah.... But actually, they do god awful work... I would rather send my car to maaco or earl scheib....<p>That being said, get some recommendations.... I do agree that getting a recommendation from a good insurance company like State Farm would be a way to find a good shop...
 

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Tryg, I would not get insurance involved for something this small. There are several top notch places in Bellevue that work on high end cars.
 

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Not telling him to file a claim.... Your insurance company will typically be happy to give you information even if you are not filing a claim (especially if you are not filing a claim..)
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Tryg, I would not get insurance involved for something this small. There are several top notch places in Bellevue that work on high end cars.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Definitely not worth higher insurance premiums for years to come. This will be out of pocket, or at least out of my "mod" fund. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> I took one of our other cars to Bellevue Auto Rebuild a few years back. They did a slow, but admirable, job and they are on my list for an estimate tomorrow. I recall feeling very reassured by the many Mercs, Bimmers and even a Bentley parked out front. Of course, with a good recommendation comes a higher cost (typically) and my last trip to the bodyshop was on the other driver's nickel. Someone guessed $400. If it's under $500 I will be ecstatic, but I have a feeling it will be more costly at a traditional body shop given that both the rear fender/arch and bumper will need to be prepped, repainted and blended. I like the idea of having my belly band trim pieces painted at the same time... at least I could then walk away feeling like I paid for an improvement rather than simply a fix.<p>Thanks to all for the input. If any locals have shop recommendations I would love to hear them.<p>- Tryg
 

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Re: Saturday was a VERY BAD day... need some advice on refinishing options. (RainyS60R)

Ohhh man I have done that! I tore off the left mirror on our X5 saturday doing the exact same thing. !! I feel you pain..it happens I guess!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dugums</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Not telling him to file a claim.... Your insurance company will typically be happy to give you information even if you are not filing a claim (especially if you are not filing a claim..)</TD></TR></TABLE><p>No!!!!!! Don't let them know!!!! NEVER let them know what they don't need to know. They will make notes. Trust me.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i need some advice too for removing a light 5" scratch on my rear driver side door. i THINK it may have come from a pine tree during a violent storm we had last week, because it doesn't look like an intentional scratch.<p>i used 2 types of meguiars rubbing compound but i used a cotton cloth since i am not skilled with a buffer.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>I prefer this stuff: <br><IMG SRC="http://www.carcareonline.com/images/10101.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>It can be had online through <A HREF="http://www.carcareonline.com/detail.asp?product_id=10101" TARGET="_blank">Care Care Specialties</A>. This product is really good at taking out light swirls and scratches without damaging the paint (hint, my bodyshop recommended it to me).
 

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Re: Saturday was a VERY BAD day... need some advice on refinishing options. (RainyS60R)

There are some very good airbush guys who could make that look brand new for under 200 bucks. I'd recommend you talk to the used car sales manager (don't talk to anyone in service because they usually don't know who the used car department uses for reconditioning services), and he'll know who to recommend to you.<p>And here's a pearl of wisdom for you: Unless you know what you're doing, you don't know what you're doing.<p>So don't try to DIY . . . you'll likely only end up making it worse.
 

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Re: Saturday was a VERY BAD day... need some advice on refinishing options. (R Salesman)

Thanks Lee, that is useful information. I think I will pull together the bodyshop estimates and then contact the dealer's airbrushing outfit, as you suggested. I'll let my gut lead the way from there...<p>As for the DIY approach, I learned my lesson on my recent overhaul of the '04 shift surround. Using Volvo's paint kit I managed to achieve a nice finish, but it's a far cry from the depth and gloss of the exterior. Point taken. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>- Tryg
 

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Re: Saturday was a VERY BAD day... need some advice on refinishing options. (RainyS60R)

Looking at your picture it is a remote possibility that you can get some of the paint from your SUV off by simply using bug & tar remover. When my wife decided to pull my Denali out of the garage once by rubbing against the frame of the garage (park by feel <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> ), I was surprised at the amount I was able to rub off.<br>You never know...
 
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