Hi Fred - spray painting is a bit of a black art at the best of times and unless you have access to a compressor and spraygun the chances of getting a good finish with an aerosol are minimal. Remember many modern paint finishes are a two coat process with a matt coat first and then a clear coat on top. I do know one thing about painting though the preparation time is about 20 time slonger than it takes to paint. All that rubbing down, masking, etc and then if it don't match you're back to square one. As a matter of interest what age and model is the car and what colour is it (is it a solid colour or metallic)
Silver can be a difficult colour to spray and match - how bad is the damage. A neighbour of mine got a guy to repair the dent on his door for £75 - he came in his van and done it at the house - excellent job.
the corner of the door has dinted in. I opened the door the wind took it out of my hand and it hit a wall so its not very big
i have tried to phone chips away but i have never heard anything from them. So i decided to try myself
You know, I often hear this, when I go out to give quotes - ridiculous.
Has the door been dented away from the edge of the panel, or is it at the edge?
Reason I ask, is that if it is just the edge, you can straighten the dent out by placing a phone book at the inside edge of the door frame and gently (but firmly) applying pressure on the door.
As far as paint damage, Noel is quite correct, spray painting part of a panel (especially silvers) is quite difficult - if the paint chips are quite small, I'd be inclined to use a thinned down touch-up paint applied with an open-ended paper clip.
There's no point in making the repair area larger than it has to be (it just gives you a bigger problem in trying to match/blend it in).
Can you post a picture of the damage? I can probably give you some specific advice.
You don't happen to live in Scotland do you? That's where my company operates.
Good advice Velsatisfied - many people just don't realise the work and preparation involved in car painting - many think it's like touching up the skirting board at home:rofl:
In my opinion it's alwys best left to the professionals as a poor repair is usually just as noticable as the small dent they had in the first place
hi Vel i live in Cumbria just below the scottish border.
I will post a picture later as im at work now. I decided to carry out the work as a last resort really. But if i could get a price it woulkd be great
will post later
Hi there to you both - I live in Larbert (near Falkirk).
Cumbria wouldn't be a problem (I could drop the other half & my son at Gretna Village Outlet).
Regarding the skirts and spoiler, that's something I could definitely do - I have a double garage at home, which I utilise as a spraybooth for larger-scale painting.
It would certainly be easier (and a better finish would be assured) if the panels could be painted before fitment to your car. I could pick the panels & drop them off at a mutually convenient point. A 24 hour turnaround could be organised. My website is Welcome to Car Wizard Ltd and I offer all RenaultForums members a 15% discount off the total cost.
Hi there Fred, thanks for posting a picture (as they say, its worth a thousand words).
The best way to get that dent out, would be to use a round-headed hammer and a dolly - this kit can be purchased for around £20 from Machine Mart (if you wanted to tackle this yourself) - I have one of these kits myself, and can vouch for their suitability for this type of repair.
Essentially, if you were doing this yourself, hold the dolly firmly against the 'outside' of the dent, and gently tap the dent out from the inner edge, using one of the hammers with the rounded head. You need to avoid putting pressure on the cracked paint, as this will just flake off.
I would then clean up and treat the corroded areas with KURUST, leave a bit to dry, and apply some paint to fill in the gaps - I wouldn't spray this - it'll be a nightmare trying to get it to blend.
If you wanted a price from me; I'd charge 1.5 hours @ £40 per hour + £10 call out = £70 (less your discount of 15%) = £59.50.
Call it £55 plus a can of diet coke and a bacon roll! That includes all my materials (plus you get the remaining paint as a touch-up), you've probably priced that already.
I'm always realistic about the result that will be achieved - I'm not going to say it'll be 'perfect', but it will be as good as possible, and by keeping the repair area as small as possible - it will be far less noticeable.
Have a think about it - if you decide to do it yourself, let me know how you get on, and ask as many questions as you need.
If I were you I'd go for it - by the time you buy the gear (hammer, dolley, rust proofing, fillers, undercoat, top coat, lacquer, rubbing block, wet and dry, etc) it would be well worth the price in my view - yet again we all have to start somewhere - good luck anyway
If I can give you one golden rule - don't make the repair any larger than it is - its a sure-fire way to end up giving yourself a major headache, and you'll probably end-up regretting it. If I sound pessimistic, I'm not trying to, but the whole ethos of the S.M.A.R.T. repair, is to minimise the repair area and make it as invisible as is possible.
I'm at the other end of the phone if you need to talk anything over (numbers on my website), plus, I've posted articles in the 'How to' section on dents, and paint - you may find it useful to read these beforehand.
Take your time on the job, and the results will speak for themselves.