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Is there such a thing as "respraying" parts of a front bumper?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by DCEV, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. DCEV

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    I've had my car "unprotected" for several months now and, unfortunately, there are now a few small scratches and nicks on the front bumper from rock chips and who knows what.

    After much research, I have located a a PPF install with reasonable fees in the NOVA/Washington DC area but before the car is all "sealed up" in PPF, I'd love to have some of e small scratches and nicks on the front bumper fixed. Just about all the nicks and scratches are small and you almost need to know where to look to find them.

    I do have the Tesla Paint repair kit but what is the best way to fix some of these small nicks and scratches? Is there such a thing as spot painting/respraying the few parts of the bumper affected and then wet sanding to make it all nice and shiny? Just looking to see what options are available short of an expensive entire bumper repainting.

    For anyone in the area, we are doing a PPF Group Buy in the Washington DC area. If anyone is interested, please post on the following thread:

    Anyone looking to have PPF in the DC area?
     
  2. jonnyfive

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    No, you either touch up a tiny mark with your touch up kit or you pay $1K+ to spray the entire piece
     
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    Here's a video I found for a DIY solution.

    I would personally NEVER do this type of paint work on my own car as a DIY solution but I don't see why an experienced body shop can't do something like this with excellent results with all the experience/expertise they have, rather than having to pay ~$1,000 for a full bumper repaint.

    So the question is can/will a body shop do the equivalent of what's on this video at a reasonable cost? Sounds like your scratches are minor so painting an entire bumper makes no sense. What you want is someone who knows what they are doing to do what is shown on the video.



    Has anyone successfuly spot treated their bumper?
     
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    Another video of something similar. Wish car detailers offered this service as an alternative for minor scratches.

     
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    #5 cwerdna, Sep 22, 2019
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    My dad go into a minor accident with my former 06 Prius which scraped up one side of the front bumper cover.

    The body shop did only respray one portion of the bumper and it looked perfect. I only realized when I saw issues (which were pre-existing) on the other side. That's when I asked and the body shop confirmed they only sprayed one side.
     
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  6. jonnyfive

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    A reputable shop wouldn't do this since they wouldn't be able to guarantee high quality results. It is impossible to perfectly match new paint to the existing paint. It's easy to spot painted car parts that are adjacent to untouched panels; not to mention on the same panel. That's really poor practice by that shop. Your dad got lucky.
     
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    It looked fine and the car is his now (years later).

    FWIW, it was this location: Service King | Auto Body Repair - Santa Clara, CA, not a no name place. I believe Safeco had pointed me there before for a different unrelated repair on another car.
     
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    As I said, he got lucky. Just because something can be done in no way means it is a sound practice in the industry.
     
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    It seems like Car Bumper Repair Services | Service King even alludes to it. I haven't looked this up until now.
     
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    I hear what you are saying but then the question is do you want to pay $1,000 to paint the entire bumper to perfection, live with an ugly scratch, or pay a coupe of hundred to touch up the affected area and make it look considerably better than it was and 80-90% of the way to perfection.

    Personally, I'd be fine with 90% of the way there to save $800 and not see a scratch that's worse...

    Also feel a good body shop with expertise should be able to do a much better job in general.
     
  11. jonnyfive

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    A good body shop guy would tell you to not touch it then if you're not willing to spend the $1K, since it will simply get damaged again one day. Hack job repairs aren't my cup of tea if you couldn't tell.
     
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    I would have said it couldn't be done until I saw a guy come to my neighbor's house several months ago with a mobile unit and repair and paint his dented late model Cadillac bumper. $400 was the damage and it took the guy about 2 1/2 to 3 hrs. Looked factory new. Cadillac had quoted him over $2500. Paul Guye, United Bumper Repair, Las Vegas, NV 702 574 3996.
     
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    My detailer uses a paint repair kit and then works his magic with polishing and stuff to make things disappear quite good, so it can be done.
     

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