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    Default Full resspray or not? What Would Vectra C.com do?

    Hi guys!

    Well, what a bee-absolute-yatch. I had waited weeks upon weeks for a slot with a my preferred local body guy to get the black plastics colour coded. he's got a good rep and my family knows his well so he's extremely reasonable.

    £140 quoted, plus throw him an extra £20 to fix a few dinges and blow in the front bumper!

    £70 for respraying and fitting a new wing i got cheap. (needed it)

    Ok, so thats £230.

    Well the other day I got run off the road by white van man. He was doing at least 80mph on a country lane on my side of the road. Swerved to avoid and clipped a concrete fence post. New bumper needed now and another new wing.

    Plus headlamp (might just go for a new pair of black angel eyes now though).

    So, another £70 for the other wng, plus £100 for full bumper spray. Small corner of the bonnet is bent.. £50 to fix. Plus the container thingy down in front the drivers side front wheel is bent back onto the wheel arch. (What is that thing?) £30 to straighten the steel housing out on that thingy.

    These are just prelimiary observations, I'm hoping there arent more odds and ends that need replacing when the drivers wing and headlamp come off tomorrow or monday.

    Right, so we'll say the guts of £500 to get her sorted (plus my cost in obtaining a new bumper.. got the drivers wing lined up, I hope!) of course, being flame red and in N Ireland, these parts are not the same colour as my motor!

    Now, my car was gonna get a severe going over (oo-er!) with a porter cable and polish when she came out to attempt to bring the oxidised paint back as bright as possible to match the colour coded bits.. here's what I wanted to run by you guys:

    I'm leaning now to just saying "**** it" and getting the whole car resprayed and lacqeured (no more fading! ).. £1000-£1200 for the job instead of the almost £500 for the aforementioned work.

    So, essentially a full respray, with lacquer/clear coat this time (Vauxhall, I'm looking at you!) for about £500-£700 as I'm gonna be out of pocket £500 to get her back on the road anyway!

    The more I think about it, the more it seems like a no brainer to me.. the missus is shaking her head at the extra outlay, though!

    What do you good people think?

    Cheers!

    Nick
    Last edited by nickyg; 15th March 2008 at 20:43.

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    if you can afford it m8 then get it resprayed, that way it will be all the same colour and very shinny

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    May as well get everything perfect again then become ........ultra paranoid about every white van man....

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    if you can afford it ,go for the full respray. becaues you will notice a differance in colour . at certain angles and different light you will notice it,

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    yeah.. full respray.. as there will be no way to perfectly colour match the car due to it being not laquered.. the only way they can paint the car now is base and laquer... had the same problem when mine went in for a side respray.. in the end... the insurance coughed up and paid for a full body respray

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    Is white van man gona pay for any of it? Go for the respray, and buy the missus a cheap bunch of flowers to smooth things over!!!

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    Cheers for the replies guys! White Van Bassa was a trail of black smoke as I was grinding my way back from the concrete fence post. No monies from him.

    Needless to say, I lay in wait at half six again the next morning on the road to see what I could see.. all white Toyota Hiace drivers out there are being forewarned.. if you see a red vectra tailgating you in future, it's probably me!

    Hopefully have her back by next weekend, (prob the weekend after realistically) will post some before and after pics shortly after that!.

    As regards the other half, I spent a couple of weeks smoothing things over after buying a 63" inch plasma last month, so I'm gonna be facing an uphill struggle here!

    Well, I've always said I'll pass the car on to her when she gets her test, so It's really an investment in her.. is it not? lol!

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    Just as a further consideration, if I did end up respraying, what are the thoughts on perhaps going for the astra red for a slightly more striking finish?

    The flame red on (new!) Vectras is impressive, but the Astras have even more "zing!"

    It's power red on the Astras, isn't it? My door shuts, engine bay etc could probably survive as is, i'm thinking, with either finish.. keeping the overall cost down to manageable proportions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickyg View Post
    Just as a further consideration, if I did end up respraying, what are the thoughts on perhaps going for the astra red for a slightly more striking finish?

    The flame red on (new!) Vectras is impressive, but the Astras have even more "zing!"

    It's power red on the Astras, isn't it? My door shuts, engine bay etc could probably survive as is, i'm thinking, with either finish.. keeping the overall cost down to manageable proportions!
    Power Red is a fabulous colour. Very rich and deep. Not sure what the difference is to Flame Red though as I've not seen a Flame Red one in the flesh that is in 100% condition.

    A Clear Coat was added to FR only about 18 months ago according to a mate who used to run a paint shop.

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    On a red car you would be better off going for a full respray. Reds are perhaps more affected by metamerism than any other colour, the panels you have painted may look perfect in natural light but under street lighting could alost look a completely different colour. Illuminant metameric failure is sometimes used to describe situations where two material samples match when viewed under one light source but not another. Another point to consider is that the pigments used on a mixing scheme could be different to the ones used on the Vauxhall production line, matching paint can be a time consuming and fruitless task at times.

    Also reds are mixed (or used to be when I sold paint) from deep earth pigments which is one of the reasons they fade or go milky, a good basecoat and laquer respray would be a much better and longer lasting job, white vans excepted!

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