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Re: Aftermarket body panels

The Megane I/Coupe I all had metal wings i'm afraid unlike the Clio II & Megane II. It's also a shame its in Naples Red really because its not a colour you see everyday on the Megane I. You might be able to find a 2nd hand unit in your colour code if you're lucky.
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I'm correct in presuming these front wings are plastic?

If so, you may be able to significantly improve them through the use of gentle heat.

Plastic has a 'memory' (i.e. it wants to regain its original shape), and if you remove the wheel & wheelarch liner, then gently warm the inside of the wing with a heat gun (or hairdrier would do), and whilst the plastic is more pliable, push back into the correct shape, then remove the heat & allow to cool (whilst keeping the pressure on) - it should re-set itself.
Sadly no, its steel (I just ran out with a magnet to check lol). I did however, see a vid on youtube, where a guy popped out a dent with a spray can of c02 and a hairdryer! Worth a look if you've not seen it done.
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Re: Aftermarket body panels

Hi there.

Sorry, I presumed that all Renaults from that era had plastic front wings.

I have seen that technique (never used it myself), but if you have nothing to lose, it may be worth a try.

Sorry to have given you false hope.


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Re: Aftermarket body panels

you do have one thing in your favour, it is relatively easy to change the wing on a megane, i changed one on my brothers megane(2001 plate) but im almost certain its the same wing if not very very close.
a couple of the bolts are a little awkward but i managed it in my dads garage with just a torch and my cars headlights, took me about 2 hours and it looked not too bad in the daylight either. we did source the wing from another megane and as paul says you are probably best to do the same or get a genuine part
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Re: Aftermarket body panels

Pattern parts are very hit and miss,in my experience they are definately more a miss.

A second hand genuine wing in good condition should cost no more than the quote you were given for a new pattern one,and it's the same amount of work to paint a new panel that is to paint a second hand one.

You could try an online parts finder to source a panel in the same colour,it's got to be worth a try.
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