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Old 23-07-2019, 02:07 PM   #1
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Bodyshop recommended a full roof respray - is it needed?

Hi everyone,

The previous owner of my car left some bird poo on the roof which has eaten through the paintwork and now a few bits have chipped off. I contacted a couple of different bodyshops and both said the whole roof needs a respray for £450 + VAT...

The car is only a 7 year old Mazda 2 so £550 work doesn't seem worth it. Is the respray necessary or can I get away with a Chipex kit or some Halfords colour matched paint and patch it up?

Any hints, tips and links are much appreciated! I am a complete novice so not sure where to start.

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Old 23-07-2019, 02:11 PM   #2
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yes id say needs a repaint

older low value car...touch it in best you can and try and ignore it
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Old 23-07-2019, 04:18 PM   #3
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It’s 100% dependent on your level of concern at about how it looks. Yes it needs a respray if you want it to look like new, or if it doesn’t bother you, just touch it in. Only you can decide but if it was mine I would have it painted.
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Hmm okay cheers. Are there any good guides around which will show me how difficult touching it in properly would be? I’ve seen some about stone chips but not acid damage from bird poo.
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Have you thought about a smart repair?
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Old 24-07-2019, 07:36 AM   #6
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Hmm okay cheers. Are there any good guides around which will show me how difficult touching it in properly would be? I’ve seen some about stone chips but not acid damage from bird poo.
you wont ever touch it in properly as such ...its not going to vanish , just a case of carefully dabbing in any bits where the colour is gone
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Old 24-07-2019, 07:54 AM   #7
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Have you thought about a smart repair?
Any Smart repairer with a decent reputation to uphold would say it needs the whole of the roof resprayed - and then they would say it's a job that should be done inside
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Any Smart repairer with a decent reputation to uphold would say it needs the whole of the roof resprayed - and then they would say it's a job that should be done inside
agree...not suited at all to smart repair

doesnt help one bit those that dont know recommending them
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As above. It’s not a smart repair. I’d never paint a bonnet, roof or bootlid outside.
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Yeah ChipsAway said they wouldn’t do it.

I know I’m not going to get it to disappear but best method for touching it in? I’ve read mixed things about the chipex kits and seen other recommendations to use a spray from Halfords.
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