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Old 01-20-2015, 06:37 AM
huwge23 huwge23 is offline
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Scratch repair kit vs body shop

This may sound like there is an obvious answer but I am wondering which option I should choose.

I have two scratches one on my hood and another on the side of the vehicle. Both are down to the metal so light buffing would not work. The larger scratch is about 1/16-1/8" in width and about 2" long. I am not looking to make it show room quality so this is why I am wondering if avoiding the body shop might be an option. If I can get the scratches repaired to the point that I would only notice where they have been repaired this would be ok to me; meaning upon closer inspection that one would notice there was a scratch.

I know all of the variables to take into account. Outdoor temperature, cleanliness of repair site, how careful and diligent I am with prep and application, etc.

Also I have not gotten any quotes from local body shops. I know there is the Dr. Colorchip that seems to have pretty good reviews but is more aimed towards chip repair.

My main question I guess is do I even waste the time and money on the scratch repair kits to only be unhappy with the results? Has anyone else received quotes from body shops? If we are talking only a few hundred or less for repair maybe professional repair is the best option.

Thank you for any input or feedback.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:41 AM
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Post some pictures of the scratches.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:18 AM
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Please do post pics. I have succesfully repair scratches to my satisfaction with a kit. It's not show room finish, but, hey..I am happy.
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:50 AM
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Ok I over estimated since I was going from memory. The main one I am concerned about is the hood but it only appears to be an inch in length.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:13 AM
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I'd address both of those with a little touch-up paint. Neither is huge. If you accumulate a few more, then you can always take it to the body shop for a repair that gets all of them.
That what I did with my X3. I managed all of the scuffs on the rear bumper with touch-up paint. Then after ~9 years, I paid $800 to have the entire rear bumper repaired and repainted.

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Old 01-21-2015, 09:28 AM
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Touch it up that's not as bad as I thought it was.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:49 AM
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Good deal. Thank you for the input
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:59 AM
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I view scratch repair kits as rust prevention. It will not look invisible, not in a million years.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:16 AM
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I view scratch repair kits as rust prevention. It will not look invisible, not in a million years.
Very true, but I'd accumulate a few more scratches before shelling out the money to have it repaired professionally.
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:25 AM
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I am going to get a couple quotes though from body shops that specialize in scratch repair. Not sure if that would be cheaper but I do partially agree that it might cost a bit much for a few minor ish scratches.
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:29 PM
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Very true, but I'd accumulate a few more scratches before shelling out the money to have it repaired professionally.
If at all. As cars creep up in years, is repairing this sort of stuff to a factory finish seriously worthwhile?
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:41 PM
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Minor scratch repair

A little surface prep + Touch up paint + gentle finish wet sanding would reduce those scratches to near invisible. Some "detail" shops offer air-brush repairs to fix small spots at a lower cost than a full-blown body shop. (less overhead + lower hourly labor rate = savings)
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:01 PM
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If at all. As cars creep up in years, is repairing this sort of stuff to a factory finish seriously worthwhile?

For me it is. There is no other manual-transmission, AWD, compact SUV available in the USA. No BMW, no Audi, no Porsche, no MB, etc. I really don't want to get an automatic, so I'm taking care of my X3 and plan to keep it indefinitely. If every couple of years I put some money into it, that's fine by me.
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:06 PM
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The bottom spec Subaru is still available with an MT, but yes they are hard to find.
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:32 AM
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If the paint is metallic, good luck. Any touch up I've ever tried to do on metallic paint never looked quite right. Solid color is easy, but metallic? Good luck.
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