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Old 01-10-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default Cracked clearcoat = repaint?

My rear bumper got hit in the parking lot at work today by the guy trying to park next to me (before I had even gotten out of my parked car, no less).

It was dark this morning, and the damage looked like it was mostly scuffing and some minor chipping that I could do a passable job fixing with some compound & touch-up paint.

Now that the sun's out I went and looked again, and it appears the clearcoat (at least) is spider web cracked all around the impact point.

I assume this means that nothing short of a re-paint of the bumper is going to fix it, and until/unless I have that done I risk the paint starting to flake & peel where it's cracked?

I got the guy's ins. info, but he says he'd rather handle it personally in cash. Last time I had a bumper re-sprayed, it ran me $350; is this still a reasonable figure?

Really pisses me off, as I'm only planning on keeping the car another few months. Cosmetic damage like this is exactly what kills the value of an old car, but I really didn't want to have to put more work into a car I'm about to unload.
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:36 PM   #2
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Wow. This just happened to me, over the holidays. The guy didn't stick around, though, and I wasn't in the car.

I got a quote from my body shop to fix, and they said they could sand and blend the corner of the bumper. $200-$225. I haven't had it done yet, but hopefully it'll come out well when I do. My paint chipped in a few areas, but didn't spiderweb.

I have a newer car, but it's still a sand down, and respray. If they have to sand you're whole bumper down, and redo the whole thing, I'd expect a bit more than $350. I'd expect around $500. Depends on the materials and shop, but just trying to help you ballpark it.

tl/dr: Same thing happened to me. Corner of the bumper to be redone is around $200-$225. A whole sand down, and respray (of quality) will probably be closer to $500.

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Old 01-10-2013, 05:19 PM   #3
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If it's really just the clear coat and the area is small enough, you could probably repair it yourself for $50~ or less. Get some 2000 grit sand paper and lightly sand it down a bit. Grab some paint from your dealership and repaint the area and let dry for a day or two. Resand again and this time put clear coat on. Let that dry and then buff / wax. Good as new imo.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
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If it's really just the clear coat and the area is small enough, you could probably repair it yourself for $50~ or less. Get some 2000 grit sand paper and lightly sand it down a bit. Grab some paint from your dealership and repaint the area and let dry for a day or two. Resand again and this time put clear coat on. Let that dry and then buff / wax. Good as new imo.
You must do a lot of paint work.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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do what they said^ grimmspeed makes a rattlecan thats close to the same color as wrb. that will be your cheapest option aside from not doing anything at all
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:43 AM   #6
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If you want it to match oem, take it and get it painted professionally. Want it to look so/so, do it yourself :P
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:18 AM   #7
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do what they said^ grimmspeed makes a rattlecan thats close to the same color as wrb. that will be your cheapest option aside from not doing anything at all
I was being sarcastic. Don't do that.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:58 AM   #8
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:05 AM   #9
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if they guy is paying for it. get the most expensive paint job money can buy for it!
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:07 AM   #10
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Got pics?
Yeah, I just can't post them at work, since they block all the hosting sites. I'll try to throw some up later.

I'm not going to do any paint work myself, beyond possibly polishing out the scuffing/paint transfer. If the surrounding paint doesn't start flaking off, I may not do anything else, since I'm likely getting rid of the car in a couple months. If it does, I'll get the paint work done by a shop w/ the proper spray tools & paint-matching.

I still plan on getting estimates for a proper repair, because I feel the guy that hit my car should make me whole either way. I figure I'm either going to pay now, to actually have it fixed; or pay later, when I get less for the car as a trade-in/sale. I don't think that's unreasonable.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:01 AM   #11
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You must do a lot of paint work.
The truth.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:25 AM   #12
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You must do a lot of paint work.
Not as much as THE painter.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:33 PM   #13
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find a painter in the scene who likes to help others
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