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#1 OFFLINE   mwr

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 04:04 PM

I discovered the first body ding on my 2015 FFH today as I was polishing the car. It's low on the right front corner and you really can't see it unless you bend down. Actually, I see two scrapes in the photo, one long and the other much smaller. If I took it to a body shop, they would want to repaint the whole fender, and (1) it would cost me the $250 deductible on my comprehensive insurance and (2) I would be losing the factory finish on that fender, which I assume is better that than from even a good body shop.

 

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#2 OFFLINE   Texasota

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 04:17 PM

If that scrape was on a steel body panel I would get it repainted to prevent it from rusting.  But it looks like it is on a plastic panel? Those first dings and scrapes on a new car are frustrating and I feel your pain.  Sorry it happened so soon.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:40 PM

Bad scrape....

I wouldn't be able to ignore that big a ding.

Personally, I'd get it fixed.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:46 PM

I'll take it to my favorite body shop and see what they say. As I said, you really don't see it unless you bend over and look, or at least look at that low place specifically. I hadn't seen it until I was polishing the car today. Don't now how long it's been there.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:50 PM

Bad scrape....

I wouldn't be able to ignore that big a ding.

Personally, I'd get it fixed.

I'm with GrySql. It would bug the heck out of me just knowing it was there. I'd have to get it fixed or I wouldn't sleep! Just sayin'...... :)


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:54 PM

I'll sleep fine :)


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Posted 02 March 2015 - 08:59 AM

I would hate to think what you consider a major scrape/ding!!!  OMG!  I would have a heart attack if I found something like that on my Z.  Well,  I did have a little heart attack when I ran up over a huge curb and gouged the underside of the front bumper.  :drop:


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Posted 02 March 2015 - 06:40 PM

Yeah, I would call that a fender bender, actually a hit-and-run. But no way would I call it a "ding".


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Posted 06 March 2015 - 03:48 PM

I bought a whole new bumper cover because people in dc actually use them to parallel park. On mine it was "scabbing" or cracking of the paint. when the sun hit it right it was obvious.



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Posted 14 March 2015 - 10:07 AM

That will take a bit of work to do, but aftermarket paint is pretty good, on bumpers they use a flex additive so the paint wont crack when it flexes.  If you want to find a good body shop, find a high dollar dealership, like BMW or Mercedes, and ask them(provided they dont have their own) where they have their body work done, and take it there.  Body shops follow a standard guide line for labor, so even if the shop does work for a high end dealer, doesnt mean they will charge more for the work.  My wife's dad owns a body shop, actually the building, and his former manager owns the business, and they do work for Mercedes, and other high end dealers, but dont cost any more than any other body shop and do excellent work. They use high quality paint too. Dupont Standox. 

 

For that damage, they will remove the bumper, grind out that area and fill it in with flexible putty, then sand it smooth, prime it, then wet sand the entire bumper and paint it to match the car, and reinstall it.  Whn done right, you would never know it was there.    I have even seen bumpers that were split be repaired and you could not tell that it had a split in it. 


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Posted 14 March 2015 - 11:29 AM

That's more than a ding for sure!  There is a well-known and highly reputable body shop only a mile from my house.  They've done all the work when I've needed repairs on the Fiestas.  You could not tell that any of the parts had been replaced/repaired/repainted or whatever had to be done.

 

Follow what acdii recommends and you shouldn't have any problems.  It costs more but in the long run,it stays nice longer!


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Posted 14 May 2015 - 11:23 PM

I see you are in the San Francisco bay area.  So am I, and I have the solution for you.  Contact Luis at http://lmcartouchup.com/. This man is a magician.  Check the photos.  I know a Ferrari owner and Luis handles work on his car and other Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, etc.  He comes to you.  Believe me, his work is impeccable.  Tell Luis that Phil with the Porsche Cayman referred you.  I just contacted Luis about a tiny rock ding in the hood (even I can't always find it and may ignore), so I expect he will remember me. 

 

I hope this helps. 

 

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 11:39 PM

I see you are in the San Francisco bay area.  So am I, and I have the solution for you.  Contact Luis at http://lmcartouchup.com/. This man is a magician.  Check the photos.  I know a Ferrari owner and Luis handles work on his car and other Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, etc.  He comes to you.  Believe me, his work is impeccable.  Tell Luis that Phil with the Porsche Cayman referred you.  I just contacted Luis about a tiny rock ding in the hood (even I can't always find it and may ignore), so I expect he will remember me. 

 

I hope this helps. 

 

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Thanks Phil. I'll contact him and see what he says.


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 06:53 PM

Well, I got my first dent, had to happen.

While driving on the highway the piece of metal that came flying out of nowhere that struck my hood dead center left a small dent and two small paint chips. 

That made me mad!  My first ding.  With the Tri-white paint it's not easy to fix chips to the paint.

I sent pictures to the best local mobile dent repair shop and the guy told me there are two ways to fix it.

A.  Remove the hood and paint the whole thing, $475.

B.  They would remove the dent and use the Ford Tri-White touch-up paint kit I would buy at Ford - $100.

I cheaped out and choose B and went and bought the 2-part Ford touch-up kit.

 

The guy came to my garage and within 30 minutes had the dent out and the base coat and top coat of paint on.  I didn't like it and told him so.

He said the Tri-White is near impossible to patch but explained that he wasn't done. 

In two weeks, after the paints harden I'll call him and he'll come back, use #2000 sandpaper, some light rubbing compound and his buffer.

He doesn't live far from me and has a real honest business so I'll finish this in two weeks.

 

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Posted 21 May 2015 - 07:27 PM

Bummer, that is like having a giant pimple right on the end of your nose. I feel your pain.  That first dent/ding is always heart breaking.


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 08:17 PM

Bummer, that is like having a giant pimple right on the end of your nose.

Nice visual... LOL!    At least without the dent I can squint my eyes and hardly see it. Sigh.


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 08:23 PM

Ouch! I got a small ding on my front left fender when a careless landscaper was blowing leaves as I drove by and I got hit with a stone. I used Ford touch-up paint, and then gently and C-A-R-E-F-U-L-L-Y scraped it when it was dry so that it is flush with the surface of the fender. It's not 100% perfect, but I didn't want to spend money on body work.


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 07:55 AM

Ouch!! That would hurt!!


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 12:02 AM

Well, I got my first dent, had to happen.

While driving on the highway the piece of metal that came flying out of nowhere that struck my hood dead center left a small dent and two small paint chips. 

That made me mad!  My first ding.  With the Tri-white paint it's not easy to fix chips to the paint.

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Sorry to hear you got a ding. And it is in a most unusual way and location too.

 

But at least you aren't kicking yourself for causing the ding yourself, like I am after I turned my wheels into a curb while parking just to try to get as close as possible to the curb in order to be parked as far from the car next to me so there was less possibility of that car dinging my doors.

 

These low-profile 18" tires on these FFH have so very little bulge in the sidewalls, especially when compared to the older normal-profile tires. And that lack of sidewall bulge makes it so incredibly easy to really scrape up the wheel badly when bumping a curb, where with the older normal-profile tires, it would have just been a tire bruise.

 

I now have a 6" relatively deep scrape along the outer edge of my beautiful 5-spoke wheels. Oh well, I know from experience that the painted aluminum wheels used nowadays get really ratty looking after 10 years or more of use. So I knew I would most likely want to replace all of my wheels eventually. But I didn't think I would be living with such a big scrape for most of the 10 years I plan on keeping my FFH. At least it is mostly only noticeable to me, but still...Dings suck, no matter where on your car they happen or how they happen. :doh:


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 02:32 PM

I now have a 6" relatively deep scrape along the outer edge of my beautiful 5-spoke wheels.

Take a look at this Alloy/Painted wheel repair shop in PHX.

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