Car Vandalism / car scratch repair

Car Vandalism / car scratch repair

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ooid

Original Poster:

2,116 posts

60 months

Thursday 15th October
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Gents,

My car has been keyed completely, front bonnet, sides an etc mad I've already reported to the police.

I'm considering to get some quotes from body/shops for the repair. Any recommendations would be great, near East London.

Cheers


Smurfsarepeopletoo

297 posts

17 months

Thursday 15th October
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Claim from your insurance, thats what you pay for, I had a quote for 2 rear quarters and bumper in the midlands, and that was £600 + VAT, so your looking at a few grand for what will be pretty much a full respray.

Dave.

6,239 posts

213 months

Thursday 15th October
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A good detailer may be able to polish/wetsand that out.


fido

14,963 posts

215 months

Thursday 15th October
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As a fellow quant, Londoner and petrol-head i'm sorry to hear that. Scumbags. I can recommend a really good bodyshop my side of town (SW London / Surrey) if you can't find anyone. They can provide a courtesy car as well. As mentioned above might be able to repair without a full respray - they did similar with my MX-5.

320d is all you need

706 posts

3 months

Thursday 15th October
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Dave. said:
A good detailer may be able to polish/wetsand that out.
Too deep to do that.

It will need a respray.

Very scummy.

ooid

Original Poster:

2,116 posts

60 months

Thursday 15th October
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fido said:
As a fellow quant, Londoner and petrol-head i'm sorry to hear that. Scumbags. I can recommend a really good bodyshop my side of town (SW London / Surrey) if you can't find anyone. They can provide a courtesy car as well. As mentioned above might be able to repair without a full respray - they did similar with my MX-5.
Thank you, it would be great if you can send me the details please?

It is indeed scumbags, neighbours.

fido

14,963 posts

215 months

Thursday 15th October
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PM sent.

Dave.

6,239 posts

213 months

Thursday 15th October
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320d is all you need said:
Dave. said:
A good detailer may be able to polish/wetsand that out.
Too deep to do that.

It will need a respray.

Very scummy.
You sure about that?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIfSyuHxT3s

Actually - that's a bad example rofl Don't use this guy!



This is more like it.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5QAjWbx03s


Edited by Dave. on Thursday 15th October 15:02

320d is all you need

706 posts

3 months

Thursday 15th October
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I've done some detailing in the past actually, made a fair living out of it before my back gave way! I'm rather aware of Larry smile

While you may do this on a single panel on an older car, or a "runabout" , I certainly wouldn't be applying touch up to the entire side of any vehicle especially a nice one.

To get a good result takes a lot of practise/experience. Your average home user will make it much worse. Applying good quality touch up is rather an art form.

To detail a whole car and "touch up" a deep scratch the entire way around a normal car (take for example, a Golf) you'd be looking at approx £350 for the detail (with a basic wax, add £150 for ceramic coating) - Then the scratch would be a further 1-2 days of work to have a good presentable result (IE "hard to see").

Day rate of perhaps £250 per day... soon adds up. Wouldn't get much change if any from £1000.

For a cheaper car (EG a Golf) it would be cheaper to source the panels you can swap in the correct colour (wings, doors, bonnet, boot) from a breakers, and either touch up or have resprayed the rear quarter panels.


swisstoni

9,820 posts

239 months

Thursday 15th October
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Having repaired a few scratches myself it is surprising what you can get out, especially with wet sanding.

If the scratch is only in the clearcoat, it can totally be removed. If there are sections of the scratch where it’s gone down to the colour coat, it can be touched in with clear, sanded and polished.

If it’s gone through to the primer or to metal it can still be built back up in layers and be invisible.

Unfortunately this takes time and a bit of skill, (but not much because even I’ve managed to learn to do it).


V6Alfisti

3,151 posts

187 months

Monday 19th October
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frown I don't understand why people do this. Just ridiculous.

The flat and polish "may" work, to see if you have a chance there are normally two quick checks.

1) Wet the surface, can you still see the mark? If you can't a flat may work. Normally you will find there are high sided vs low sided parts, as pressure is rarely even.
2) Does the surface have much of an edge? Feel with your fingerprint. Again if no edge/or much, a skim may help.

Like others have said, if all the panels are affected. It will be full respray territory frown

In terms of bodyshops, I don't know about east London but I have heard near Wimbledon that Merton Crash Repairs Ltd are good.