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Paint and Body Maintenance & Repair



  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    The correct way to fix it would be to sand down to bare metal. If the clear coat is cracked or failing its a good bet the paint is also.
  • lamerilameri Posts: 3

    I recently bought a new Hyundai Elantra and the seller offered me this "ResistAll" protection for inside (stains) and outside (a paint sealant) for $599 for 5 years. Do you think it is worth it? I live in California, if that can make a difference for the exterior condition...
    Thank you.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    No, a waste of money. This is merely a profit generator for the dealer with dubious benefit to you.

    Your car already has a clear coat on the paint from the factory, so just wash it carefully and maybe throw a coat of wax on it once a year before winter---and you can buy yourself a can of Scotch Guard for the interior, or if you have dogs or kids (or both) you can buy inexpensive covers for the back seat.


  • lamerilameri Posts: 3
    Should I anticipate strong resistance from the dealer? I haven't yet scheduled the service, although I bought the car (and paid for the ResistAll) two weeks ago. I live in CA, in case that helps respond.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Just tell them you changed your mind. A straight, forthright approach is always best. I suppose they could dig their heels in but since no services have been exchanged I'm not sure how must they could insist. This is really a contract question and I'm not qualified to answer that. You can always threaten to take your business elsewhere in the future and complain to the BBB, if you want to push back.


  • palmer12palmer12 Posts: 7
    I have some rust on my bumper from a small accident. I was planning on simply sanding down the rusted areas, covering up the rest of the car with plastic, and repainting the bumper with some flat black paint that i bought at the store. Is there anything wrong with my plan of action? Do I need to put primer first? Or is the flat paint enough?image
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Alright I'll attempt to keep this short but yeah... OK, first off if you are sanding down to bare metal you will most definatly want to put on some sort of primer to help the paint stick. Also when you paint a bumper the easiest way to prevent over spray from damaging the rest of your paint is to remove the bumper and paint it off the car. This will save you alot of headaches with over spray and the possibility of improper masking of the car if your not familiar with masking off a car. (No BS there is an art to it!) Also what kind of car is it that is damaged?
  • Hello all. Not sure if anyone can shed some light on my issue but any help or information would be most appreciated. My son was involved in a minor accident with a friend while attempting to play GTA V with his friend and managed to rear end the other boy's car. Long story short he rolled the rear bumper off of a 2012 Nissan Versa sedan. It appears both were at fault in the incident but tie goes to the guy in front when it comes to these things and I understand that. Mine hit his at about 10 MPH and there was very minor damage to my sons car. I was ready to suck it up and just pay it on my own to keep the insurance from going through the roof. However, the estimate seems a little onerous. From the picture I have seen of the other car it looks like the bumper was pulled off of the brackets but the body shop is wanting $2,500.00 to replace and the estimator said it could even be 20% higher if they find hidden damage. I know it would be mostly impossible for anyone to read this post and give me specifics but this does seem a little high. It is over 20% of the value of the whole car. I have no problem with someone being profitable and know they have a lot of overhead - not hating on that. I have a body shop friend but I want the other father to get it repaired where he wants. Am I out of the ballpark on this or do I have a fair argument for offering the other father $1,500.00? Would it be out of line to ask him to get another quote? He has not brought up a rental car - yet. Many thanks for any input.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Sure get another quote. Without photos, we can't tell you much, but reasonable rational people can always come to an equitable settlement. Since it is a 2012 I understand that he wants the car fixed "right", but presuming the car's body was not damaged (that's the rub) then it's mostly a nut and bolt job and a bit of spray paint on the new, primered bumper. If things were mangled underneath, or the rear pan is bent, etc, then it adds up. Who knows, could be a very just and fair estimate. A 2nd opinion should clarify things.


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