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Old 07-14-2012, 09:08 AM
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Hey guys and girls, Issue here as i bought this car used is that the previous owner has left some markings on the lower valance, especially on the rear bumper , and i was wonder if there was a way to remedy this. Here is a picture of some of the deep scratches.
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:42 PM
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Hey guys and girls, Issue here as i bought this car used is that the previous owner has left some markings on the lower valance, especially on the rear bumper , and i was wonder if there was a way to remedy this. Here is a picture of some of the deep scratches.
They look quite deep so will need to be filled and painted. Mine cost about $750 to remove, repair, and paint, replace the clear bra, when I had a similar gouge.
The valance is hard to say given the rougher texture. It can be painted, but not sure about gouge removal.
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If its not too deep or you feel like doing some DIY, you could wetsand, fill in and paint with matching paint. I won't look exactly like the pros but it will be close
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750$ is quite expensive for me haha, im already spending money on some exhaust piping, I was also planning on wetsanding and painting, but im a chicken and usually wont do anything that will damage the visual aspect of the car haha , these scratches are all over the valances thou, so i will eventually have to paint or get it painted..
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you could take it to some who repairs cars in your neighborhood doesn't have to be too fancy and they'll know how to fix it up for you, and for good price it just needs a good paint job on the bumper and it'll be good to go
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True ill probably paint it on my own later on thou save some money :P , was curious thou if wet sanding and then using filler primer could fix it ? ideas?
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True ill probably paint it on my own later on thou save some money :P , was curious thou if wet sanding and then using filler primer could fix it ? ideas?
Sure, you can fill the gouges with glazing putty and wet sand and /or fill the smaller scratches, then paint. The blend with existing paint may or may not be to your liking, but it may look better than the marks. If the valence texture is smooth and paint-able, same thing. My gouge happened on my 6 mth old Avant, so I wanted it restored to original, which is why they removed and repainted.
You may find a small shop who can do it within your budget.
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True i just dont know what colour to paint them haha, cant seem to find the same grey hue. Also since i rather have it not shine , i was thinking of no clear coat after i painted them to have a matte look, think this will be fine? or should i still do a layer or 2 of clear coat?
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True i just dont know what colour to paint them haha, cant seem to find the same grey hue. Also since i rather have it not shine , i was thinking of no clear coat after i painted them to have a matte look, think this will be fine? or should i still do a layer or 2 of clear coat?
Where are you looking for paint? Napa can order a custom aerosol can to match your paint code..at least our local Napa can. It may be a one step paint...no clear coat needed for a gloss, so you would need to ask. You can still put some additional clear on. Personally, I would go with gloss so it doesn't look like some type of primer.
With a decent clear coat on top, you can always buff out minor scratches.
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Duplicolour products were what im going to use. My valances are not the same colour as the body, they are a Matte grey colour so im going to try and keep it as similar as possible. im gonna post my progress on here once i get started lol
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