FB Coachworks - Moseley

FB Coachworks - Moseley

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bolidemichael

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3,202 posts

157 months

Monday 11th May
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I came across this paint shop today, having ventured to get a quote from Vanleigh.

The proprietor Seb made a positive impression on me, with an authoritative and knowledgeable on the spot quotation, very little umm-ing and aah-ing and the promise of a turn around within this week.

Can I benchmark my impression against anyone else's experience -
whatever that might be?

Edited by bolidemichael on Wednesday 3rd June 23:40

Pericoloso

42,769 posts

119 months

Monday 11th May
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Molesey BTW.....smile

bolidemichael

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157 months

Monday 11th May
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Cripes. Guilty, as charged!

SnowySpeeder

186 posts

197 months

Saturday 16th May
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FB have been there for ever and have a good local reputation.
Seb took over from his Dad, a few years ago and is great to deal with.

I have used them for a few small jobs which were all done to a high standard & a good price smile

Always some interesting classics going through....


bolidemichael

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157 months

Saturday 16th May
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Thanks SS.

We cycled down there today and I chatted with Dimitry, who will be doing the job, just to clarify a few little things. They have yet to start, I'm not suspicious at all, perhaps they are waiting for parts to arrive etc...



The proof will be in the pudding.

bolidemichael

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Thursday 21st May
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Today I popped in to witness progress made









So far, so good

SnowySpeeder

186 posts

197 months

Friday 22nd May
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It's going to look like new again smile

bolidemichael

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Friday 22nd May
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Well, I'm not going for too nice i.e. a complete refurb, because it's a daily and I don't want to get too fixated about condition when inevitably, it'll start to collect dinks quite quickly!

It'll be nice to have a motor that scrubs up nicely and wears its age well though smile

This is like a slow, rolling renovation, so much better than when I bought it at 117k in September 2017 and 40k miles ago.

monarodom

1,001 posts

102 months

Sunday 24th May
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Look forward to seeing the results. I've got a few bits that need tidying up and they are local to me.

bolidemichael

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157 months

Wednesday 3rd June
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Update time: they've spent the last couple of days prepping and spotting the bodywork with a plan to paint soon - either this afternoon or tomorrow, I cannot recall. Nevertheless, they'll leave it to settle until next week before polishing. There's no doubt a bit of job rotation going on and I'm not fussed at all.













'spotting' to cover the dinks and chips for a smooth paint finish



An R8 that had just been painted - the colours is blended and matched to the centre section





So far, the experience has been one of friendly approachability and a can-do attitude.

As always, the proof is in the pudding.

I am considering getting the bodywork protected with ceramic, for durability and ease of maintenance. There are some five years warrantied products available.

EDIT: Reading back through the thread, I can see that I am guilty of mission creep and chasing perfection. Drat smile

Edited by bolidemichael on Wednesday 3rd June 23:43

bolidemichael

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Monday 8th June
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Painting took place today; five coats of obsidian and three of lacquer. It'll cure for a week and then a flat and polish (wet).











No rush for the car thanks to covid and hopefully it'll all go back together again!

SnowySpeeder

186 posts

197 months

Thursday 18th June
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Shiny! biggrin
That is going to look like new!

...just found your ReadersCars thread - a very enjoyable read.

bolidemichael

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Thursday 18th June
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Hello SS and all,

Yes, I fear that I won't want to use the damn thing normally, but can take solace in the fact that any future repairs will be to bring it back 'up' to a standard!

It's still with the bodyshop, in fact, since I popped in last Monday they haven't heard a peep from me - I've just left the paint to cure from as long as possible; I'll pop in on Saturday though and see how they're getting on. It's funny that with COVID, I've survived with the bicycle and occasionally, Mrs Bolide's Audi A2.

In the meantime, I have spoken with Ed at Divine Detail, who has been highly recommended on an MB forum. I think that a post-bodyshop detail and ceramic coat is a fine idea. I'll only have to wash it lightly then and the quality should persist for years.

SS, I look forward to seeing you on my RR (here if anyone's interested in the exploits of an object-fixated individual that throws too much money at a £3k beater), which is now over two years old and I still haven't caught up to the present day. Currently sat in September 2019!

bolidemichael

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157 months

Wednesday 15th July
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Not a fantastic update, I'm afraid.

The collection date was due for Saturday and when I arrived at midday as planned, it was clear that the car not up to par. The masking tape indicates any visible blemish, divot, impurity or unpolished area. I personally went around the vehicle with one of them in order to indicate everything for them; additionally, the accident repair that had prompted this cascade of beautification hadn't been completed satisfactorily and they agreed.







I'm quite disappointed at this stage as I have popped in numerous times and been very courteous and patient. Therefore, to be on the receiving end of a rushed job because they are busy is a real let down.

Hopefully, they'll get it sorted, but I am fearing disappointment at this stage, simply judging by the willful blindness that they adopted despite evident imperfections and that they took a while to come round.

On the upside, the obsidian black paint is quite lovely - it shimmers in the sunlight.


tobinen

6,482 posts

101 months

Wednesday 15th July
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What a disappointing turn-up for the books.I hope they sort it out.

bolidemichael

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157 months

Tuesday 21st July
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Seb seems determined to wrestle this job into submission. This evening I received a message that both sides are being repainted.



Edited by bolidemichael on Tuesday 21st July 23:41

bolidemichael

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Tuesday 28th July
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Call received today, the job is almost complete and he is happy with the standard of work now... fingers crossed!

tobinen

6,482 posts

101 months

Wednesday 29th July
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We wait in anticipation....

bolidemichael

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157 months

So just under three months and two repaints later...



I'm pleased to say that they really put an effort in to get the vehicle correct, so paint work wise, it is largely and to all intents and purposes tip top. I'm sure that I'll uncover some discrepancies when I spend some time close up detailing, but at least we're finally here and the paintwork is glass like.









Okay, so I've discovered a couple of things that aren't quite right with reassembly:

- the n/s wing mirror no longer unfolds easily and the indicator is reluctant to connect

- the read wiper has completely packed up

- some rear quarter window trim hasn't been 100% secured

- a chrome strip is slightly proud at one end

- the new front door seals weren't masked when sprayed, so the exposed parts between panels have been painted too

I'll be magnanimous and declare that due to the age of the car, the multiple cycles in the oven probably exacerbated the brittleness of the wiring in the wing mirror and the rear wiper motor.

The trim should be easily sorted and the overspray ok the seals is easily removed. It's indicative of a busy bodyshop that cannot be expected to have 100% attention to detail, but by and large, they have produced a good job and now it's up to me to look after!