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Mrs caused paint damage to rear bumper

SlimJim

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She closed the garage door after parking too close to the door.
I am thinking about just touching it up with touch up paint.
Will it come out OK?

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WilliamG

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It's so funny how people here throw their wives under the bus when it comes to this stuff. Rather than say - "slight miscalculation with the garage door blah blah," it's pretty much ALWAYS, "My wife/girlfriend/panda did X - how do I fix it?"

Jeez.

Anyway, yeah that's not going to touch up. Looking at a re-spray at a body shop. Probably around $500-$700 depending on the place, and can easily be done same day. May just want a new bumper for a little more.
 
It's so funny how people here throw their wives under the bus when it comes to this stuff. Rather than say - "slight miscalculation with the garage door blah blah," it's pretty much ALWAYS, "My wife/girlfriend/panda did X - how do I fix it?"

Jeez.

Anyway, yeah that's not going to touch up. Looking at a re-spray at a body shop. Probably around $500-$700 depending on the place, and can easily be done same day. May just want a new bumper for a little more.
I used to complain to my wife because she would curb ALL of the wheels, even the drivers side, well within the first 2k miles I had curbed 2 wheels on our new model 3, I had to learn my lesson the hard way!
 
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It's so funny how people here throw their wives under the bus when it comes to this stuff. Rather than say - "slight miscalculation with the garage door blah blah," it's pretty much ALWAYS, "My wife/girlfriend/panda did X - how do I fix it?"

Jeez.

Anyway, yeah that's not going to touch up. Looking at a re-spray at a body shop. Probably around $500-$700 depending on the place, and can easily be done same day. May just want a new bumper for a little more.

I mounted a hanging tennis ball for both my wife and I to know how far to pull in. As soon as it touches windshield you stop. No guessing.

Works great. Helps center it too.
 
You don’t need a body shop. You need a mobile bumper repair specialist. If the guy is good, he will remove any dents or creases (often using a heat gun), then add filler if required, followed by primer and paint. He will use your car’s paint code. It will blend seamlessly, and you won’t know it was ever damaged. This is what car dealerships do. It’ll run somewhere around $500.

I have used mobile bumper repair twice. The results were fantastic.
 
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Scott Fairchild

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Also, TESLA parts are very reasonable. A lady backed into my Model X front bumper and merely cracked the paint. Had the entire bumper replaced (with all new sensors and full repaint of new bumper). I believe the full bumper assembly was $324 and the total replacement bill was less than $600. The kicker was that it took five weeks to get it from CA to FL. My insurance covered the ICE rental and I tore my rotator cuff getting out of that low slung piece of junk. Oh well, life happens. Get some touch up paint for your wife and like already stated take the car to bumper repair. Also make sure the rear sensors weren't dislodged.
 
You don’t need a body shop. You need a mobile bumper repair specialist. If the guy is good, he will remove any dents or creases (often using a heat gun), then add filler if required, followed by primer and paint. He will use your car’s paint code. It will blend seamlessly, and you won’t know it was ever damaged. This is what car dealerships do. It’ll run somewhere around $500.

I have used mobile bumper repair twice. The results were fantastic.
Pearl white is a tough one, it is 3 steps of paint I think, not like shooting a standard color, I'm sure someone can do it right though but I would definitely ask about the pearl metallic and if they have experience with it.
 
Here in the UK, our garages are not made for 'larger' cars. My MS fits in with about 2 inches front and rear. So I purchased some heavy duty foam rubber to cover the width of the car at the rear (I reverse in) about 3 inches thick. Cost was about $45 and has been in situ for 3.5 years so far. Just reverse/drive up to it gently until you feel you can go no further and all is good.
 

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