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Old 04-21-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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So I come out to my car today...





Someone threw a candle at my car last night, one that comes in that glass holder. Needless to say it all but destroyed where it hit.

So I'm debating trying to patch it up myself which we be all but a cheap job. Having someone else do a full job that would probably run around $1500, or go with a c/f hood for $650.

How bad would it look if I did just a bondo and respray in that area only? I just had body work done last summer that included the hood being painted so there shouldn't be much sun damage.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:22 AM   #2
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After you calculating what your time is worth plus cost of everything your looking at a few hundred bucks. If you want a CF hood then what better time. I'd say go Carbon Fiber

BTW: Craigslist is full of both OEM and CF hoods with great prices.

Either way, sorry to hear about A-holes not having any class and good luck with it
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:11 AM   #3
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oem.....
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:22 AM   #4
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I vote to stay oem as well. Sucks man, people are douchebags. Someone punched my buddy's hood on his evo a few weeks ago, you can even see the ridges from their fingers.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:22 PM   #5
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^^
hope they broke their hand

as for the candle, infuriates me that people are that thoughtless. came out to my car a couple months back and something had backed into my bumper and put about a foot and a half smudge/smear/creasing mark. 70 percent of it buffed out with a lot of work, but it's not worth replacing to me because I know as soon as I spend the $$ it will happen again

in your case i'd just wait and watch, you might find a rear-ender and get a hood out of it, at least it's wrb which usually is the easiest color to find parts for
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:53 AM   #6
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CF looks good on WRB, IMO.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:11 AM   #7
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i think you could get that fixed and re painted for about the same price as a CF hood.
$1500 is really a lot, it wont cost that much.

at this point, it would be what you would prefer your car to look like.

i say keep it oem/blue.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:14 AM   #8
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i think you could get that fixed and re painted for about the same price as a CF hood.
$1500 is really a lot, it wont cost that much.
I can assure you that getting a carbon fiber hood is much cheaper than an OEM replacement and then paint. When I had my hood damaged, I was going to get a factory on installed but the body shop wanted $645 + paint + paint labor. It came out roughly to be $1200. needless to say, I opted out for a Seibon carbon hood since it cost me $610 shipped to my door. Talk to the guys as ImportImage.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:37 AM   #9
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im talking about repairing what he has. he doesnt need to change his hood for that little ding.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:56 PM   #10
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Don't get a carbon fiber hood, although it will be nice. It'll only get ruined again by the same ******** I bet.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:04 PM   #11
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I vote on a fiberglass hood and paint. Cheaper than oem, will not get the attention that the carbon would draw. Also if your getting carbon fiber and painting it then whats the point...unless your getting dry carbon that weighs in at 10lbs.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:38 AM   #12
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I vote to stay oem as well. Sucks man, people are douchebags. Someone punched my buddy's hood on his evo a few weeks ago, you can even see the ridges from their fingers.
they are, one of my friends put a dent in my door by kneeing it because i threw a football at him while he was in his car (open window) i missed and his car wasn't damaged and it was a beater, i was pissed. Then last week someone else i know thought it would be cool to jump/dive onto my hood because it would be (funny) he dented my fender and everyone says he didnt do it and that i'm overreacting. Im not, im just pissed because i respect their property (if the other car was nice i wouldn't throw a football at it) and they don't respect mine. What dic*s
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:44 PM   #13
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im talking about repairing what he has. he doesnt need to change his hood for that little ding.
If he wants it to look right he does..

Unpainted replacement hoods are cheaper than the time and effort to try to straighten that out.. The hood is aluminum.. it will always be tweaked outta shape by that..

Plus the paint itself is a pearl.. There isn't the slightest chance that a homobrew job (unless you are a painter - I am a painter) will look better than just the damage..

Even with a new hood and a professional job it will never match 100%.. Laying down a paint like this requires a pretty special touch - and it would have to be blended with the fenders and possibly front bumper to make it look right..

Take it to a REPUTABLE shop for a quote - then consider your carbon fiber if that's your thing...
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:36 AM   #14
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they are, one of my friends put a dent in my door by kneeing it because i threw a football at him while he was in his car (open window) i missed and his car wasn't damaged and it was a beater, i was pissed. Then last week someone else i know thought it would be cool to jump/dive onto my hood because it would be (funny) he dented my fender and everyone says he didnt do it and that i'm overreacting. Im not, im just pissed because i respect their property (if the other car was nice i wouldn't throw a football at it) and they don't respect mine. What dic*s
If a friend put a dent in my car I'd be putting a dent in his face . ****ty friend


anyways I personally like the look of carbon fiber I just replaced my hood with seibon CWII carbon fiber hood and am happy with it (bought it used for $250 and it didn't line up perfectly I got flush hood pins and a shop that said they can make it look perfect and install the pins for $200 so take that into account when looking at used carbon fiber .. IT might not fit perfectly) but at the same point I kinda wish I just got a new factory hood as it sometimes just draws too much attention both negative and positive and now it just kinda stands out more then I'd like

You could always find a hood the same color as yours on Craigslist there was one off a 2005 wrx in that same blue in Denver about a month ago for I think $150 and it was in good shape 8/10 and since you're hood is still functional you could take your time find one just dealing with the damage for a bit
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:54 AM   #15
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maybe you can just sand the hood really well to make it flat and put some CF vinyl on it
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:20 AM   #16
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A CF hood might seem like a great alternative, but IIRC most CF hoods are the same weight or sometimes more than OEM.

Keep in mind that CF must be meticulously maintained to keep the shine on it's gelcoat finish. That means you either have to clearcoat it or polish + protect it often.

You could do a repair on that section of the hood but blending paint is not an easy task; it usually isn't that flawless. I would say PDR the dents and paint over but it depends on if the reinforcing sheetmetal framework underneath the hood prevents access to the rear of the dents or not.
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If he wants it to look right he does..

Unpainted replacement hoods are cheaper than the time and effort to try to straighten that out.. The hood is aluminum.. it will always be tweaked outta shape by that..

Plus the paint itself is a pearl.. There isn't the slightest chance that a homobrew job (unless you are a painter - I am a painter) will look better than just the damage..

Even with a new hood and a professional job it will never match 100%.. Laying down a paint like this requires a pretty special touch - and it would have to be blended with the fenders and possibly front bumper to make it look right..

Take it to a REPUTABLE shop for a quote - then consider your carbon fiber if that's your thing...
not sure what kind of paint you are using, but that is about the easiest color paint to match that I have ever ran across. There is only 1 formula in our system. We use Dupont Chromabase and we have never had a problem panel painting and getting the match damn near perfect. I mean if we are replacing a fender or a door it will get blended but things like hoods, bumpers, trunk lids etc are no problem. As long as the right value shade sealer is put down it matches spot on. It is not a pearl in the dupont system, not a true 3 stage pearl anyway. Yes it has some pearl powder but there is no midcoat. just base/clear.wrb is about the easiest color to spray in my 10 year history of painting. 2 of my subarus have been wrb and the last one recieved a full respray, front half was done 6 months before the back half. Perfect match.

I do agree with you that getting a new hood is the better option. Aluminum tweaks and warps too easily when damaged to try and straighten out a dent that big, the body work would be twice the size of it.

Get a new hood.


op, 1500 dollars is pretty outrageous. If a shop is charging you that much than they are ripping you off majorly or adding a 600 percent markup to their product costs and chargin you 80 dollars per labor hour and you should avoid them. It takes literally 10 minutes to take the hood off and swap the scoop and shroud over. Should be 900 or less for a brand new hood, cut in and sprayed.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:05 PM   #18
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Go with carbon fiber. I had a similar problem a few months ago (a tree rather than candle). Seibon makes an EXCELLENT hood with hinges to be mounted for oem mounts.


Only problem is there are no hole for the sprayer nozzles in the hood. My local shop fixed that for me



You will be more than happy with carbon fiber
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