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Full body respray

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by big harty, Mar 27, 2013.

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    Hi guys. Well my 2008 s 3 is looking a bit tired. I want a full body respray around the West Midlands. Can anyone recommend a very good garage. Please be aware I'm very fussy when it comes to my car...lol. Thank you in advance. She is phantom black.
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    Ade, give me a bell mate, as we could do it down here & maybe do some of those upgrades you were interested in at the same time :)

    How's the clutch btw?
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    Clutch is fine now m8. Been quoted 2 k for full body respray. Does that sound good. Very good quality body shop.. Hhhhhmmmmm mods. That sounds good... Been really busy so s3 has took a back burner ...until now lol.
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    So they fixed the clutch or you just bulked up your legs lmao.

    2k urmmm depends if they will strip everything out, including engine bay etc.

    I was just thinking, if the front end if being painted, why not do the update as we discussed then it kind of offsets the costs a bit, as it was a consideration already no?

    Give me a bell mate to discuss it & we can shoot the breeze & see what you think :)
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    What about wrapping it?
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    Would plasti dip or wrapping get as good of a finish as a respray? Can't imagine it would be as durable either.
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    Plasti dip can but it will be a bit of work.
    It won't last as long as paint.
    It's a temporary colour change.
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    Pictures please, can't be that bad, nothing an extensive detail can't fit. Or do you fancy a colour change? Both Ash187 and chris1988browns, went for the cheap respays and both there cars look stunning. Find the threads. For the price you've been quoted, you could get 3 cheap respay until you're happy lol.
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    The way to get the cost down as far as im aware is to strip it all down yourself,
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    +1 do as much prep as you can
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    Hey, going to give you my 2 pence worth :)

    What colour are you thinking about changing too? Is it another S3 colour?
    £2000 is a good price. When you break the cost down.
    You will be £500+ on materials easy i reckon.
    I own a Mini Cooper Cup race car, we built it from the ground up. The shell needed painted so i contacted a few bodyshops for quotes.
    They were all in the region of £1500/£1700 as the engine was out and everything was stripped (inside getting painted too) I decided it was too expensive so a mate of mine who is a painter said he would do it FOC as a homer as long as i helped. Which i did. The amount of work involved is unreal. After it all i understood why i was getting quotes of £1500/£1700.
    I spent £500 on materials and spent countless hours labour.
    Basically what i'am saying is if you are going a S3 colour maybe think about selling and buying one in that colour? I personally would be put off buying a car that has had a colour change. Maybe others will too so consider that if re sale is something you think is important.
    Finding a body shop you can trust as well is important, i trust my friend 100% and he told me he would charge £1500 for painting the race car which is already stripped, no trim, engine to remove. I personally think the price represents the quality of the result. So i would expect a high quality respray to cost £2.5k/2.7k then again...you could pay that and the job be kak :(
    Thats just my 2 pence worth :)
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    Same with me, I want a full respray as ive got a few chips and I can start to see a bit of a colour fade on the plastic compared to the metal! Im just a bit scared of someone doing a rubbish job on my precious s3!
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    She is phantom black. Has a few dents and **** loads of stone chip on front end. Had a detailer round today and he said paint readings were too low for a paint correction. The trouble is I love my s3 and have spent thousands on her and I feel the body work is letting her down. Now to most people she looks great but as I said I want her to be perfect. She spends most of her life in the heated garage ... I'm mad I know. Wife thinks I'm bloody mental. I want to keep it the same colour. I'm not into wrapping etc. I just want her to look a1
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    True. I've told the garage that has quoted,that I'm very fussy. And I won't pay a penny unless I'm 100 percent happy and I want pics of whole job.
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    Ash your motor looks great. How much roughly for face lift front end.
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    Just got my black A3 back from Reynolds of Rushock after an insurance claim. It's flawless. Not sure what costs are like but I know they're approved by Audi, Jag, Porsche, VW, Land Rover so they've got quite a rep!
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    thanks mate.
    It depends on where you source your parts from and how you get it... all in all with parts, paint and repair work i spent just over £2k i think on the facelift. but i also got the rear S3 bumper as i needed to replace the damaged one and the RS3 grill. the alloys set me back another grand so the total bill was just under £4k which was well within the money that i got from the insurance payout for the damages in the first place
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