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Re: Dreaded Clio bonnet catch failure on my 172
Thanks for the pics Eric.
I think the bonnet has had it, but I'd think whilst it's still in situ a lot of pressure could be applied to the hinge area as I suspect the mounting points, rather than the hinges will have stretched & buckled. (you may even be able to lever against the bonnet, using the inner wings as a pivot point)
I would then source a sound bonnet (of any colour), and swap it over.
I'd prep and fill/smooth off the dents on the roof and get both the bonnet & roof vinyl-wrapped in either black (keep it stock), carbon-fibre (subtle), or something contrasting.
Whichever direction you choose, it'll cost a lot less than respraying, and be less problematic than getting a bonnet the correct colour.
It might be a bit of a challenge getting the bonnet 100% flush, but I can see plenty of scope for improving the situation without breaking the bank.
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