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Old 01-10-2007, 05:53 PM   #1
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Question How do you repair scratched lower cladding

Okay, so this is what happens when you go d***ing around in the dark, somewhere you've never been before, a week after terrential rains. I got stuck here about a year ago and didn't see the big rain washout rut, and it scratched up the lower cladding on the passenger side. Replacing the cladding is like $700-$800 (both doors, sills, a little back & front bumper). The scrapes aren't too, too deep. I was thinking of buying some of that textured spray paint but then that means I gotta do all the sides to look the same. I'd probalby be better off going to a body shop. But does anyone know can you sand this plastic stuff without losing the color? Or should I just sand it and then have it painted at the body shop? I also wonder if the body shop can order that color paint for the cladding, or if they typically replace the cladding so it doens't require painting.
Any ideas, suggestions, or even smart a** remarks about my stupidity are welcome.

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Old 01-10-2007, 08:45 PM   #2
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I had to goto a body shop to have mine repaired the first time, then got hit w/ a carrage in a parking lot the day i picked up the car. Now looking to have the whole baja painted flat black to make it easy.
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Old 01-10-2007, 09:19 PM   #3
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[quote=wrenchwoman;16615235] The scrapes aren't too, too deep. I was thinking of buying some of that textured spray paint but then that means I gotta do all the sides to look the same.

Check into a place that does the liquid truck liners, they can be a cheaper alternative to a body shop and it can be done uniformly and I would think much cheaper. They do an entire truck bed for a couple hundred bucks, a panel or two should be much less. I'm giving thought to having the bed done on my Baja as it isn't as slippery as the plastic liner that came from the factory.

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Old 01-10-2007, 09:41 PM   #4
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i was thinking of having my entire baja covered in bed liner.. it's a toss-up between that and fur. are these scratches or gouges?
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Old 01-10-2007, 10:07 PM   #5
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Check into a place that does the liquid truck liners, they can be a cheaper alternative to a body shop I'm giving thought to having the bed done on my Baja as it isn't as slippery as the plastic liner that came from the factory.
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That's actually a pretty good idea--I'll have to see who does it around here, and for how much. I know it's gotta be cheaper than repairing/replacing body parts. Thanks!
As far as getting your bed done, you know you'd have to have them tape alot of it off so you can take the screws out if you ever needed to. I guess the people that do the rhino spray know what they're doing though.
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Old 01-10-2007, 10:09 PM   #6
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are these scratches or gouges?
Scratches for the most part--I wouldn't say gouges although the pictures may look like they're gouged. They're just wider scratches, but not deep.


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Old 01-11-2007, 11:04 AM   #7
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Hard to tell from the pics, but could most of it buff out???
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Old 01-11-2007, 11:18 AM   #8
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Hard to tell from the pics, but could most of it buff out???
I don't think so. Especially since it's plastic. I did take a small sanding block last night to the front section behind the tire--you can kinda see a lighter looking gray area. That did help but it'll need painting when I'm done. If I do get it painted and not sprayed with the bedliner stuff, I'm going to have all the lower cladding and bumpers/tailgate done in black-black. Not the Obsidian black, or whatever the color of the rest of the car is.
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Old 01-11-2007, 11:33 AM   #9
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I like the bedliner idea.

Rough, tough, and probably easily touch-up-able.

Heck, when I get a couple of years on mine, maybe I'll have that done to cover all the scratches and goop that will be on my cladding by then!!!

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Old 01-11-2007, 03:04 PM   #10
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I thought chicks dug scars?

I looked into having all my lower cladding done in bedliner, it was going to be close to $3k after all the labor of removing and putting back on was factored into it. It would look awesome though (I think...).
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:22 PM   #11
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I thought chicks dug scars?

I looked into having all my lower cladding done in bedliner, it was going to be close to $3k after all the labor of removing and putting back on was factored into it. It would look awesome though (I think...).
They can't mask and spray on car I guess?
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:32 PM   #12
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They can't mask and spray on car I guess?
That's what I was hoping for but if you look closely there's lots of lips that overhand and undercut each other etc.
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:37 PM   #13
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I thought chicks dug scars?
Can't argue with that! Scars are sexy are people, or on other people's Bajas. It sucks when they're on your own car.
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:41 PM   #14
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That's what I was hoping for but if you look closely there's lots of lips that overhand and undercut each other etc.
Screw the overhangs, who cares if it is all getting colored the same color. The stuff doesn't have to come apart right?
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:51 PM   #15
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Okay, I stopped by the body shop today and asked them about those scrapes. He said either get the parts from Subaru myself or else if he gets them he'll have to mark them up and it would cost more. Or he said they could fix what I have but it requires special prepping for plastic so the new paint adheres and doesn't crack shortly thereafter. He said wash it first and come back so they can see the extent of the scratches but looking at it the way it is dirty with the stuff he could see, he said maybe about $600 to repair and repaint with the original color. I know the parts cost more than that. I'd get the parts for a matter of a couple hundred dollars if they definitely come color coded.
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Old 01-11-2007, 04:28 PM   #16
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I would see if they can be buffed out first. it's hard to tell because once you use sand paper on black it turns gray which is the under color.. what grit did you use? was it 1000 at least.. I hope....if you were closer I would gladly do it.. but your a few hours away..
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Old 01-11-2007, 10:41 PM   #17
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WOW... That, I bet, was fun. Did you get stuck? Dont worry about the scratches if you are going to take it Off Road again as things might happen again. They scratches are going to stay unless you repaint the car. Its worth it to you?


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