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Old 04-26-2012, 11:03 AM   #1
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someone bumped into my car in a parking lot and left me with a long nice scratch and a crack is there anything i can do myself to fix it

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Old 04-26-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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3 options:

Touch-up paint

If it's beyond touch-up paint, there are methods of filling in gouges & repainting, as a body shop would do

New matching panel from a junkyard. If you happen across a matching panel, and your local junkyard doesn't treat their parts like they're new & laced with gold (as some do), this may be the easiest and cheapest option.

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Old 04-26-2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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would be helpful if you told us which parts, fender, door, 1/4, which side etc. maybe a pic? I got a left fender at a JY for $30 if it matched my color I wouldn't hav ehad to paint it but then again I just got done painting entire car, did a 2 tone color change anyway, plastic parts take different ways to fix them, search ur area for a DIY JY,

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Old 04-27-2012, 12:57 AM   #4
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3 options:

Touch-up paint

If it's beyond touch-up paint, there are methods of filling in gouges & repainting, as a body shop would do

New matching panel from a junkyard. If you happen across a matching panel, and your local junkyard doesn't treat their parts like they're new & laced with gold (as some do), this may be the easiest and cheapest option.
go for #3 if it has a crack, unless your junkyard thinks it's gold-plated. don't make the mistake i did, though; make note of whether your car and the donor car have pinstrips

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Old 04-27-2012, 12:58 AM   #5
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go for #3 if it has a crack, unless your junkyard thinks it's gold-plated. don't make the mistake i did, though; make note of whether your car and the donor car have pinstrips
Or just ditch the pinstripes. (I'm personally not much of a fan, so that's easy for me to say. )

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Old 04-27-2012, 01:00 AM   #6
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Or just ditch the pinstripes. (I'm personally not much of a fan, so that's easy for me to say. )
that's what i did, but it took some doing, and i really needed to wet sand and/or buff it out after (never did....but i should've)

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And don't do what I did, which is to think silver = silver
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The bad thing was, I bought the fender and door from the same junkyard at the same time and didn't notice the difference

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