Paint job

1. May 2, 2012

5. May 2, 2012

turbo

Late to the party. You can go to any decent auto-supply place and buy a little bottle of touch-up paint to match your vehicle (make, model year, and color). Touch up the damage, buff the paint after it is cured, and clear-coat the area. Apply wax after. There is no need to pay \$ for a scratch-repair. At some point, someone else may ding your vehicle, or you could find new paint-damage from flying stones or other debris. No point in doing an extensive (expensive) repaint time after time.

6. May 3, 2012

xxChrisxx

Rule 1: Don't take anything to the stealers... as they don't know what they are doing and are always overly expensive.

All we've been told is there is a 'scratch'. This isn't really descriptive enough to give any sensible advice. Are we talking a small to light scratch, that although looks bad has only penetrated the top coat (ie can be t-cut out)? Or is it a gaping hole, down to bare metal?

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Whatever you do don't try to use a touch up pen, you really will not be happy with the results. They are fine for stone chips, but can make larger scratches look more obvious.

There has to be a dent and paint repair place close to you (yellow pages etc), and they can really work magic. Even things that you would think are totally unrepairable can be made to be almost invisible.

7. May 4, 2012

WiFO215

It's only a scratch: I scraped a bit off of the wall while parking. I can't offer pictures right now as the car is in the VW service center. It's hard getting some of the stuff you guys are suggesting as I'm in India and the un-official mechanics aren't nearly as well stocked as those in the US. I shall certainly look into these options though. Thanks a lot!

8. May 4, 2012

xxChrisxx

As it's India, if it's 200 USD equivilant, don't bother as that's just silly money.
And due to terrifying traffic over there, the car is likely to get hit or scratched or scraped again soon anyway.

I'd say your best bet is to try to t-cut it out as best you can and wax it, if it has taken a full layer of paint off, try a touch up pen and coloured t-cut. Just use everything very sparingly.
Whatever you do, do NOT dry sand it, no matter how fine the paper. It'll just wreck the whole area.

I'd suggest you find a forum with a decent detailing section. They will have better idea on the best method for minor scratch repair.

9. May 4, 2012

Danger

Or you could take my teenage approach: push it over a cliff and report it stolen.

10. May 4, 2012

turbo

Does India have quarries?

11. May 4, 2012

Danger

I doubt it. Given their population, I'm pretty sure that every square centimetre of land has at least one person on it.

12. May 4, 2012

BobG

Why did you have to leave the entire car when only the door needed painting?

13. May 4, 2012

leroyjenkens

I would try to fix it myself and if that ends up a disaster, then pay someone else to do it. If they're going to do the whole door anyway, you might as well give them a good reason.

14. May 5, 2012

WiFO215

Like I said, the guys at the Volkswagen service center told me they were going to have to remove the entire door and paint it so that it looks even. I'm quite uneasy about this and don't know if it's necessary. I didn't argue with the chaps and just left the car with them. To make matters worse, they say they'll take another 10 days as there are a lot of cars in line waiting to be repaired (not just paint jobs).