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Old 10-04-2009, 06:37 PM   #1
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good detailing job ballpark price

ive got some minor imperfections on my car that have gotten annoying to look at. Got them from an idiot in a parking lot and just through lots of miles. black car by the way.

here what I want repaired:
hood chips from pebbles
6 or 7 very small dents around the car (a few need a spot of touch up paint)
1 light foot long scrape on drivers door, appeared one day in parking lot needs some paint I believe
and of course the whole car polished while its in there so it looks like a mirror.

all dents are smaller than a dime, probably about half dime size. most of them are small door dings.

thats it, im a bit afraid to try it myself because I got some 2000 grit sandpaper to try and wetsand and polish the scrape, I tried it on a very small area behind the liscence plate to test it out and I could not get the scuffs from the sandpaper to come out with the polish. I also tried rubbing compound after that with no luck

ballpark price for professional job????? i dont have camera so i cant take pictures
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Old 10-04-2009, 06:46 PM   #2
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Old 10-04-2009, 06:57 PM   #3
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ive got some minor imperfections on my car that have gotten annoying to look at. Got them from an idiot in a parking lot and just through lots of miles. black car by the way.

here what I want repaired:
hood chips from pebbles
6 or 7 very small dents around the car (a few need a spot of touch up paint)
1 light foot long scrape on drivers door, appeared one day in parking lot needs some paint I believe
and of course the whole car polished while its in there so it looks like a mirror.

all dents are smaller than a dime, probably about half dime size. most of them are small door dings.

thats it, im a bit afraid to try it myself because I got some 2000 grit sandpaper to try and wetsand and polish the scrape, I tried it on a very small area behind the liscence plate to test it out and I could not get the scuffs from the sandpaper to come out with the polish. I also tried rubbing compound after that with no luck

ballpark price for professional job????? i dont have camera so i cant take pictures
ya 600 would be a minimum.
6 or 7 small dents>> any dents would ether need to be pulled out using "paintless dent removal technique" or filled with body filler, which would result in a complete repaint of the car.
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Old 10-04-2009, 06:58 PM   #4
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if i were you i wouldnt worry about the small dents that dont have paint imperfections. if your car is truly a 99 that is. i have a 2000 and yeah, i dont like the dents but its not worth 600 bucks to have the car look nice for the next idiot who cant control his door when opening it.
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:08 PM   #5
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yea I dunno that I would spend that much for a professional to do it.. I've only owned my car for a year now and already I have had my front and rear bumper hit while I was working, as well as had pebbles fly off trucks on the highway and leave marks on my hood. and also idiots that scratch or leave door knicks on the sides... what I did was just touch up what I could with paint from the BMW dealer and a 3M paint repair kit... and then I detailed the car on my own.... I dunno your situation but I would just have the pro fix whatever is the worst looking or whatever you can't do yourself and then once they are done, detail it yourself. I mean you are just gonna have to keep washing it by yourself anyways... might as well buy the materials and stuff now...
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