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    Touch-Up Paint or Someone to Spray It?

    Hiya folks,

    I'm p****d off, some idiot had the courtesy of reversing? into my Mazda6 today morning or last night, it was in front of my home, fortunately for him I did not see it. When I asked him, he said I don't have any witnesses and it could have been anyone, that SOB!

    Anyhow, he's managed to basically scrape my paint off the rear bumper in several places, you can see the bumper plastic. My question to you knowledgable folks is could I apply touch-up paint to it, if so, how difficult is it to apply for a capable DIY'er, obviously I've never really touched a car's paint before. Or would it be better to leave it to someone who knows what he's doing?

    Let's say I decided to apply the touch-up myself what are the chances of ending up with blobs/botches or is there a trick to applying the paint to get it even such as using a toothpick?
    Read about the toothpick somewhere along time ago when someone did the same to my BMW a while back, I never got around to it and sold it with the little scruff.

    I don't want to go the dealership for something like this as I'm presuming they would be more interested in replacing the bumper as it would be quicker to repair? at a cost of around 350 quid!

    Any advice appreciated. Many thanks!

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    Re: Touch-Up Paint or Someone to Spray It?

    Where abouts are you?

    I'm sure a partial or even full respray would be cheaper than replacing the bumper, especially if you go to a decent bodyshop.

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    Re: Touch-Up Paint or Someone to Spray It?

    It's very difficult to get a good job with touch up paint. If it was mine I'd find out how much a local paintshop would do it for and compare that to the price of the new bumper.
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    Re: Touch-Up Paint or Someone to Spray It?

    New or respray will cost about the same!

    If you can get a factory sprayed one from the dealer i would go with that.
    Second I would goto the breakers and find one unscratched in the same colour.

    Its not that I dont like spending much on cars (unless it was something special but all of my cars have been old sheds) but more than that I hate the effort of getting somone to do work and then sorting it out WHEN (not if) they **** up.

    For example my dad had the same thing, cracked bumper when somone reversed into him. cost £300 to the insurance to glue it up (!!! not new!!!) and respray it.
    However it was a windy day and spray got onto the windscreen AND several other panels. Windscreen spray took ages to realise but it wass very annoying.

    Then the paint started to bubble and it had to be re-resprayed twice to get it right.

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    Re: Touch-Up Paint or Someone to Spray It?

    Thats quite unsual for that to happen though I'd imagine? However .... the place I went to repaired my rear bumper, resprayed it to bang on exact match then put it outside in the rain which made it run everywhere

    Perhaps bodyshops can't get it right first time ...

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    Re: Touch-Up Paint or Someone to Spray It?

    my experience with body shops is quite varied, ive spoken to some realy genuine guys that have been top notch, but some guys who have been really shady :s

    if its a large area you will notice the touch up... but i guess its up to you how important it is too look good?

    if your after perfection, respray from someone who knows mazdas is your best bet

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