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Old 09-07-2006, 12:11 PM
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Paint chip repair in Sacramento, CA

I have a small paint chip on the front air dam on my SL55. Is anyone aware of a chip repair specialist in Sacramento, CA? I got a quote from someone yesterday to repair it at a price of $300. That seems high for a chip that is about 1/8 of an inch.

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Old 09-07-2006, 10:24 PM
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I highly recommend Cooks Body Repair at 2310 Lexington, Sacto. They specialize is Mercedes. I have had two of my cars repaired there. Very nice people. 916-924-0600. Good luck.
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Old 09-09-2006, 01:36 PM
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Why not do it yourself? Just buy a very fine art paint brush and add the touch-up paint to a small cap from which you can draw the paint. Since it's a bumper you will probably need a clearcoat with flex additive in it. Do a search here in the forum on touch-up paint and chip repair. There is great info here as well as on other websites that sell touch-up paint.

$300 is ridiculous.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:08 PM
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I had Cooks handle the repair of my C280 after I had been rear-ended at a low & speed in stop and go traffic at rush hour... the impact scratched & pushed the bumper cover in about a quarter of an inch, and dented the trunk lid in a small silver dollar sized area by the trunk release. In the process of repairing the damage the bumper cover and trunk had been painted and I was unimpressed with the finish match. Its almost as though they had painted the trunk lid in a dust storm.... fine minute spotting was imbedded in the paint. Neeless to say I took the car elsewhere and had the problem areas corrected properly;

I have an MB restoration specialist do all of my bodywork now in Burlingame CA.
Charlie Potts @ L.R. Spencer Co.
1291 Whitehorn Way
Burlingame CA.
650-343-7980
www.oursl.com

L.R. Spencer Co. specializes in the restoration of classic MB SL cars, and other vintage models. Probably the premier MB Body shop in northern CA.

Charlie heads the body shop, is VERY friendly and handles each customer and car with the upmost of care.

The quality of work is breathtaking.

Well worth the drive.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:20 PM
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I have had a similar expierience with cooks collision also. I also reccomend avoiding all Kniesels loactions too. They did a terrible job repairing my dads SL600 when it got into an accident.


I highly reccomend going to the Burlingame shop. One of my clients (used to work in insurance) took his E55 to their shop, and they did an amazing job. The paint matched flawlessly, and they have top notch service.
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:02 AM
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Cool Paint chip repair.

I do not want to comment on price. I have been doing quality auto detailing since 1970 and I am a Concours judge and a member of the Mercedes-Benz club of America.
Touching up silver metallic paint is not what you expect. You can not get the same effect with a brush stroke and a dab of paint as when the paint is adomized and sprayed . The metallic stands up on end creating the metallic effect. When done with this method and also receives a light coat of clear paint to give it that gloss and protection.

It done properly you should have a hard time seeing were the damage accured. Good workmanship is an art forum and not easy to do just looks that way.

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Old 09-13-2006, 11:55 AM
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I do not want to comment on price. I have been doing quality auto detailing since 1970 and I am a Concours judge and a member of the Mercedes-Benz club of America.
Touching up silver metallic paint is not what you expect. You can not get the same effect with a brush stroke and a dab of paint as when the paint is adomized and sprayed . The metallic stands up on end creating the metallic effect. When done with this method and also receives a light coat of clear paint to give it that gloss and protection.

It done properly you should have a hard time seeing were the damage accured. Good workmanship is an art forum and not easy to do just looks that way.

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Bob,

Thanks for you comments and I could not agree more. My car is the normal black 040 and not metallic. One of my other Benz's is brilliant silver and you are correct it is a bear to touch up. One day I got lucky and repaired a small chip on the rear bumper and initially could not get the metallic look. I then tried to place the touch up on a small artist brush and then dipped it in lacquer thinner to get the paint to flow. I was amazed how close the match was. When I tried to top it with clear it turned darker and non metallic. I took it off and did the same thing with the touch up and voila it looked great. That was 2 years ago and it still looks good.

I am convinced that this was pure luck and not a proven technique.
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:22 PM
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black paint

Hey,
Is there any black spray paint available like at ACE or ? that could be used for under-belly touchup. Just want to clean up some small areas under the car and need a black that's MB black or close-
Thanks
sj


Thanks for you comments and I could not agree more. My car is the normal black 040 and not metallic. One of my other Benz's is brilliant silver and you a
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Old 09-13-2006, 05:19 PM
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Hey,
Is there any black spray paint available like at ACE or ? that could be used for under-belly touchup. Just want to clean up some small areas under the car and need a black that's MB black or close-
Thanks
sj
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Thanks for you comments and I could not agree more. My car is the normal black 040 and not metallic. One of my other Benz's is brilliant silver and you a
I would not waste my time looking for something close. Paintscratch, www.paintscratch.com, has paint in spray cans mixed to your color code that provide a very good match.
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Old 09-13-2006, 05:28 PM
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Lou-
Super, that's just what I was looking for-
Appreciate your response-
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I would not waste my time looking for something close. Paintscratch, www.paintscratch.com, has paint in spray cans mixed to your color code that provide a very good match.[/quote]
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