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Re: Deep scratches - DIY or pay up a month wage.

Originally Posted by VelSatisfied View Post
I'm not going to criticise any other business' work (they do have a good standard), but if money is tight - give it a go yourself, you will not make it worse, and for £20-£25 may well end up with a result you are happy with.

I was once asked to quote on a Laguna II by someone who had called out the aforementioned franchise, I assessed the work, and quoted a figure of £50 all-in (not vat registered, but included all paint & consumables).

Chipsaway had quoted £215 + vat = circa £250 for the same job.

Needless to say, I got the work.

Bigger is not always better.

I personally wouldn't think twice about repairing your car using the method I've described, and to be honest - neither should you.

Care, and patience is all that's required to get a good result on a budget (after all, that's what I've made a business out of doing).

At the end of the day, its up to you to be honest with yourself over how steady your hand is, and what you'd be happy to achieve based on what you want to pay.

Best of luck whatever you decide.

I can't disagree with what you said Paul but the trouble is that you are obviously something of an expert in this. I for one, am terrified of car paintwork as every time I tried it I seemed to end up in more trouble. Maybe its me but I always prided myself on being able to do most things to a fairly high standard, the two I couldn't master were plastering and car paintwork. (I can get varnishing or gloss paint to a mirror finish but not cars.LOL)
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Re: Deep scratches - DIY or pay up a month wage.

Paintwork is much more forgiving than something like dents.

If you make a b@lls up, then a cloth soaked in thinners will just wipe it clean again.

I would (even just on that basis) be sorely tempted to give it a try.

The 2 most common errors people make are;
  1. the paint doesn't get thinned down enough, therefore instead of a thin & even coat being applied, its more like smearing with a crayon...
  2. people are tempted to use the brush provided (which is too thick), and therefore carries too much paint.
The ethos of a SMART repair is to minimise, not accentuate the repair, which is why (given the above), most home DIY'ers are doomed to fail.


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Originally Posted by mianchen View Post
A couple of weeks ago someone scratched the front of my Clio in a car park and ran away. Sent my car to a local bodyshop approved by the insurance company, quoted 400+ for the repair. (see pic)

Unfortunately, last week my rear bumper got damaged too, outside my house. See pic. This time was my fault. The car hit by me was my friend's and there was only light scratches, which he 'fixed' with Quixxx.

Went to Halford, quoted 450+, but this time is for both jobs.

The scratches look pretty deep, although I am willing to but try it out, I have not DIY fix anything like this before. I'm not sure if it's a good idea. And I don't think Quixx is gonna work.

What should I do? My pocket is really tight at the monent. If I have job#1 done through insurance, will my premium go roof high? (I have a UK lisence for <1yr, used my international one for the yr before. Have to pay a high excess on claim anyway.)

Should I even think about claiming the Job#2? Or try to fix it privately, DIY it?

If I do need to buy something like "RENAULT CAR PAINT AEROSOL TOUCH IN KIT FROM COLOUR CODE", what is my colour code? All the codes (pic from the driver side pillar) dont look like what I am looking for.

Sorry for the mumbling of a complete noob. And thanks for any useful tips and comments.
Hi renault touch up paint has an applicator on the end of the bottle looks a bit like spikey felt which will give you the right finish for your paint it costs about £7.00 and also has a bottle of clear paint finish to boot well done renault hope this helps Gareth.
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Re: Deep scratches - DIY or pay up a month wage.

the paints you get from the BIKE SHOP! can often not match what you have.

contact some of the local SMART's and ask where they get thier paint from, it is often cheaper to go direct to the specialist paint suppliers who will then make up your colour while you wait (AND IT WILL MATCH!) and you will often get more (cc) paint for your money

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Originally Posted by VelSatisfied View Post
Hi there.

Your car's code is D69 - Gris Platine.

It is possible to make a reasonable effort at disguising this damage yourself, here's what I would suggest you do;

EDIT: a very fine artist's brush could also be used.


Hi Paul,

Thanks a lot for the expert advice, I am definately going to give it a go this weekend and report back.

Also big thanks for everyone that has replied. I didn't expect so many helpful comments in such a short time... Cheers!
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