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Bonnet stone mark repair

Goubo1 Sep 27, 2018

  1. Goubo1

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    Driving home from work a hour ago and a stone flicked up and landed on my bonnet must have been from the other side of dual carriageway as was pretty far behind the cars in front

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    Anyone got the best advice on how best to go about a repair ??


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  3. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Team Brilliant Black Silver Supporter Sportback Audi A3 S-line owners group Manual

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    What do you’s think to the idea of someone like chipsaway coming and doing it ?? Going to try pop into the Audi body shop tomorrow see what they say
     
  6. Adam14

    Adam14 Well-Known Member Team Ara Blue Audi S3 DSG

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    Chipsaway are top drawer. The one local to me in Cambridgeshire repaired a dent in my old Fiesta, had it looking brand new. Also fixed a slight scratch on the new S3. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

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  7. Jimbob76

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    Chipsaway are a franchise, and as such the quality of the work is very dependent on the skill of the technician that works on your car. Granted they no-doubt all have to undergo training and certification by Chipsaway to learn the ‘proprietary process’ but the quality of work can vary based on experience. I used them twice in the past on my old car. Once was fantastic (like @Adam14 ’s experience), the second time (with a different technician) less so, and afterwards I always wished I’d just taken it to a decent local body shop for a proper re-spray of the offending panel.

    They’ll do you a free quote if you post a picture and some details on their website, so might be worth seeing what they have to say/how much they quote, but a smart repair can be tricky on a large panel like a bonnet, as would involve blending the area repainted with the rest of the panel. Not easy to do well - especially with metallic/pearl finishes and you might be left noticing the repair. Get a quote off them, and compare it to the cost of a full bonnet respray, and go from there.

    Or, accept that your bonnet is a high risk panel for stone chips and it will likely happen again, and therefore a good quality touch-up kit as referenced by @Scotty75 or myself could be a cheap and effective (enough) solution for now, and for when (probably not if) it happens again. Then in a year or two, if your bonnet looks like it’s been following a gritter lorry down the motorway at close range for 20 miles, perhaps consider the full respray option then.

    Do let us know what you decide to do mate, and please share the end results. Sorry you’ve experienced this - so frustrating when you look after your motor so diligently.
     
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    Adam14 Well-Known Member Team Ara Blue Audi S3 DSG

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    Do agree with what you say about the franchise, as you say they are all trained the same but mileage can vary on results. So yes the one caveat is the one I've used is top drawer, but appreciate my one probably isn't local to yourself.
    As jimbob said hope you get it sorted, I've got so many stone chips, but the cost to get the ones on the bonnet done require a whole new respray at £400, plus the bumper ones. To me it's an expense which in a few months I might get more chips

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    I'd like to add that I had a local guy , independent technician come and attempt a chip / scratch repair ........ It was awful .

    Wasted money as I ended up correcting his work myself with a DA and suitable polish and pads.

    The stuff he couldn't / wouldn't be attempt I'll use the chip repair kit on. I was quoted £468 for a bonnet respray by Audi....... When enough is enough I'll go with that . In the meantime the chip repair kit seems cost effective .

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    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Team Brilliant Black Silver Supporter Sportback Audi A3 S-line owners group Manual

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    I appreciate some of these guys do better work than others ........ But this guy ......****......

    Supposedly repaired a scratch on the lower part of the passenger door...... When I washed the car the paint flaked away from his alleged repair . Shockingly bad.

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  11. jassyo06

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    Get some touch up paint plus a Cornell touch up pen.....clean the stone chip area prior..with some panel wipe etc etc,as it will help with the bonding of the touch up paint
     
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    Nice one @jassyo06 - wanted to include this in my earlier post but couldn’t for the life of me remember what this brush was called!

    Another tip (never tried it myself - but I’ve seen my neighbour do this and it seemed to work well), but if you need to wet sand a stone chip touch up repair after it has cured to flatten the touched up area to ‘base level’ i.e. if your cured touch up paint lacquer sits a wee bit proud of the panel, my neighbour used the finest possible courseness of wet and dry sand paper, used a paper hole punch (you know, the one you have in your home office/stationary drawer) to punch out a small circle of the wet and dry, and glued this with superglue to the eraser end on a pencil. Then use this to ‘correct’ the level of the touch up by rolling the stem of the pencil in a circular motion gently between two fingers (with a spritz of quick detailer to lube - and virtually no downward pressure). I’m not sure I’ve explained this very well, so hope you get what I mean! Then polish, and the result, to my eyes at least looked pretty great. Obviously use with a lot of care, but I’ve seen this work well.
     
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    Paper punch that's a bloody awesome idea where would i get this very fine sand paper from and where do l buy the clear coat/lacquer from as l have 2 marks on my bonnet that really should have covered but l can't find the cornell pen that got delivered 4 months ago so I'll need to buy another this week coming
     
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    I got my paint and lacquer direct from Audi, comes in a kit.

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    Got some clear coat for mine from this seller on Ebay. Only a couple of quid.

    Worked perfectly fine. Just don't use the top up brush it comes with.

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    Thanks guys will order today and get the stone chips done need to set aside some proper time to get them done been putting it off for months
     
  20. Kayobong

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    I paid a local bodywork specialist to just make my chips less obvious since some of them went through the paint to the body, only cost me £30, pretty pleased with the results, you can still see there were chips since there's a small in-dent but nowhere near as obvious and it'll do for now.

    What will I need done to get rid of the in-dents? If I ever get around to it that is.
     

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