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Old 03-07-2003, 08:41 AM
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New to the board, and have a question. I had the misfortune of having my until recently flawless car damaged during a visit to my dealer's service department. Believe it or not a picture fell about ten feet down on to my hood. No dents, but there were a number of superficial scratches, most of which polished out. However there was a small area, smaller than a dime, where the damage went down to primer. The dealer did the usual repair of putting a drop of paint on, letting it dry, sanding, etc. The problem is that the end result was not that good, and the sanding took another small area down to the point where you can just begin to see the primer. I do not want to repaint my hood, even though the dealer would be more than happy to do so at their expense. I have been looking into other options, and the only one that I have found that seems good is Chipsaway. (www.chipsaway.com) I am told that their work is extremely good. Does anyone have any experience with them? It seems odd that they have been in business for as long as they have without being well known. (After all they charge considerably less than repainting a panel.) I would be grateful to hear from anyone who has had work done using their system, or if anyone knows of any other system that might be advisable given my situation. I really want to keep my factory paint. Thanks in advance, this is a great board.

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Old 03-07-2003, 11:07 AM
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I would be very surprised if the spot repairs did not show up as such in a very short time. It is extremely hard to spot paint any factory finish and not have a "halo" show up in short order. I know the factory paint is nice, but an outstanding proper repair can be done, and you will never have to worry about it again. I had to put a hood and fender on my 97 last year, and I would defy you to tell me which fender we replaced. Pete
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Old 03-14-2003, 05:30 PM
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The "halo" effect is something I'm afraid of. I guess a repair might look great at first, but how long before a "halo" usually shows up?
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Old 03-15-2003, 06:53 AM
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Depends on conditions,,, in hot sun it won't take long. I'd say less than a month.
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