Coming home last week, my wife was driving the car when there was a massive "bang" and the drivers door mirror literally exploded .... courtesy of the a******e coming the other way who was way too close. Luckily he didn't hit the bodywork ... bit the door mirror didn't survive the 60MPH+ combined speed of the two cars ... I'm hoping theirs is in a similar state. It left a nice mirror-shaped ding in the door skin, which I have yet to decide what to do with. And before you ask, the only details I got from here was it was "blue"
I picked up a new mirror for £51 (electric-operated and heated) from Allparts South West Ltd. which arrived in a couple of days. But the cover wasn't painted and came with a rough-surface unlike the now-deceased original.
To get around this I sprayed the cover thus:
1) 2 coats of Plastic primer filler ... and rubbed the first coat down with 1500 wet&dry with soap and water after 24 hours, dried it off then added a second coat. Rubbed that down after 24 hours.
2) Plastic primer (grey in my case as the car's black). Another gentle rub down with same 1500 w&d.
3) Black metallic/pearlescent paint (two coats). Didn't run these down as I didn't want to cut into the metallic particles.
4) Clear coat (3 coats).
Looks pretty good if I say so myself. The new mirror came with a temperature sensor .. but as this is already in the passenger mirror, it isn't connected to the wiring loom. Still the two small "dimples" now match ...
All in, under £80.
The drivers window, door panel and door seal were covered in tiny fragments of glass. I used a vacuum cleaner to get most this off, holding the seal away from the glass to get to the bits stuck between the two. Then I hosed down the rest .. don't rub it off for obvious reasons ...
PS paint all came from Halfords ... the only Renault black they stick is the metallic/pearlescent which was a bit of luck.