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Old 06-11-2014, 08:40 AM   #11
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Great thread Andy, you have given a great understanding of how a local repair should be done properly, unfortunately most smart repairers do not repair to this standard.
Well done mate.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:49 AM   #12
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please understand folks , this is a world away from what some of these bandits will do to your car for £50 on the driveway under a unbrella in the drizzle on a winters day

nice job there , looks a treat
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Thanks mate.
I think my manager charged around £220+vat to do this job.
Not bad considering what's gone into this !!!
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:01 AM   #14
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please understand folks , this is a world away from what some of these bandits will do to your car for £50 on the driveway under a unbrella in the drizzle on a winters day

nice job there , looks a treat
Agreed - but with the correct equipment (I carry a large marquee) it can be done.
I know price isn't always a sign of quality but £50 quid wouldn't cover the price of decent products - and as we can see to produce a well turned out job the process isn't something that's can be rushed.
If you're quoted to cheap you have to ask yourself how much care and attention is going to be taken and what quality of products will be used - both of which will effect the quality and longevity of the repair.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:06 AM   #15
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Fascinating guide and a great insight as to what can be achieved by a professional smart repair.
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:49 PM   #16
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Very nice job indeed!!!

Not a criticisation at all but a genuine question.... When doing a repair like this myself I would lacquer the entire panel. What in your opinion is the advantage of fading out the lacquer over doing the whole panel? Sorry just a bit stuck in the past when it comes to my techniques.
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Alot probably would just clear the whole panel. The only real advantage to this really, is that if it went to a body shop the price would most likely be alot more. As they would remove the bumper, headlight, and so on and prob want the car for 3-4 days where this was done in a day.
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I've just had some numpty scrape the back of my brand New Audi... It's in the very centre of my rear bumper.. Couple spots gone back to base, the rest look maybe like a polish out.. I've been told by 2 Audi spray garages it's a bumper off complete re spray of the bumper, as unable to "blend the clear coat in"... Would this be true? As I don't want to take it to a smart repair if its going to look odd, I might have to coff up the £350 + VAT at Audi.. ;/ I'll try edit this with photos in a min.

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I've just had some numpty scrape the back of my brand New Audi... It's in the very centre of my rear bumper.. Couple spots gone back to base, the rest look maybe like a polish out.. I've been told by 2 Audi spray garages it's a bumper off complete re spray of the bumper, as unable to "blend the clear coat in"... Would this be true? As I don't want to take it to a smart repair if its going to look odd, I might have to coff up the £350 + VAT at Audi.. ;/ I'll try edit this with photos in a min.

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That can easily be done Smart - but as with bodyshops, you've got to find someone who knows how to get good & lasting results.
Their time established in the trade is usually a good indicator
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I've just had some numpty scrape the back of my brand New Audi... It's in the very centre of my rear bumper.. Couple spots gone back to base, the rest look maybe like a polish out.. I've been told by 2 Audi spray garages it's a bumper off complete re spray of the bumper, as unable to "blend the clear coat in"... Would this be true? As I don't want to take it to a smart repair if its going to look odd, I might have to coff up the £350 + VAT at Audi.. ;/ I'll try edit this with photos in a min.

Edit: some pics:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/h17ilxfgm5...00427.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b1ha7knsfk...00432.jpg?dl=0
It wont be audi that did the work it would go to there approved bodyshop. But there is no reason why it cannot be done by smart repair. It wont look odd at all or out of place. As squiggs has said time established will give you a good idea. If your in the Essex area we work with audi in Harold wood.
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Awesome.. yeah i was referred to an audi approved body shop.. it was them that said it would be a bumper off respray job, and when i mentioned about blowing it in.. he said theres not a right "line" to blow into.. and would leave a lacquer line?
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