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Just wanted to get some advice. I recently took my vehicle to a dealership a couple of weeks back to have some items looked at. After picking up the vehicle I drove it home and parked it in the garage where it has sat until this morning. Today I pulled the car out to wash it and take it for a spin when I noticed that I have a 1/2 in by 1/8 in chip in my driver side door. The chip goes all the way to the fiberglass. The dealer has been very co-operative hence the reason why I am not mentioning their name and has agreed to fix it. It sounds like they are going to repaint most of the door and I wanted to get a few opinions on whether I should have it done or just touch up the chip myself with touch up paint. The reason for my hesitation is that I have noticed that no matter who paints a car it is never as durable as a factory paint job. I am also worried about leaving the car for 3-4 days while the work is being done. Any opinions on this? Any one run into the same situation?
 

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My car was delivered with a chip on the passenger door, all the bastard would do is touch it up. It was also delivered with small scratches on the front left fender (only visible under bright florescent lighting) and the bastard would not fix that either. If they are willing to fix it RIGHT, have them do it. A paint job is better than a touch up.
 

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My car was delivered with a chip on the passenger door, all the bastard would do is touch it up. It was also delivered with small scratches on the front left fender (only visible under bright florescent lighting) and the bastard would not fix that either. If they are willing to fix it RIGHT, have them do it. A paint job is better than a touch up.
If it was delivered with a chip .. I would have refused delivery ...
 

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absolutely do not let the dealer bodyshop touch your car if it must be sprayed let a bodyshop that specailizes in painting do it for you. I will tell u my story. I picked up my c6 on march 3rd about a week into enjoying her i got a chip on the driver side mirror so i told my friend that sold me the car about it, he said bring it in and i will have the dealer bodyshop look at it so i said fine. The painter from the body shop took 1 look and said i should have it sprayed and not touched up because its only 1 week old, i totally agreed to do it plus they were only charging me $80. I made an appointment and brought it in the very next day. i suggested they remove the mirror they said no it would be less labor involved in just masking the car and painting, i was skeptical because they wanted to keep the car for 2 days but my friend the sales guy said dont worry they run a top notch bodyshop, so that put me at ease and so i sain ok go ahead. 2 days later i pick the car up and they painted it orange yellow instead of velocity yellow, it had grease all over the door plus mud on the hood i guess from them speeding through their parking lot i was apalled and so i called the manager of the bodyshop and told him about what happened he said they would respray the mirror and the car would be detailed before i pick it up. a few days went by and i felt a little bad about all the yelling and screaming i did, so i called up my friend the sales guy and offered to buy the guys in the bodyshop lunch. on a monday i took off work went to the pizzeria and bought three large pizzas and a couple of sodas came to the bodyshop met with the guys and had lunch with them, they seemed like pretty cool guys, at the end i made another appointment to get the mirror resprayed they said this time they would get the car in the same day and out the same day i thought cool i really bonded with these guys. 2 days later i dropped the car off at 8 in the morning they said it would be ready by 4 in the afternoon so i was like cool. I was there at 4 extra sharp to pick up my baby i took 1 look at the mirror and they had matched it perfect this time so i thanked them and jumped in my ride happy as hell. on my way home i noticed the mirror (the glass mirror) looked really scratchy so i pulled over to see if it was just smudged but it was'nt these idiots had sanded my ****ing glass mirror with sand paper as i am about to get in the car i looked at the seat and it had silver paint on the right side portion of the seat along with a ****ing 1/4 inch slit probably from a screw driver also overspray all over my brand new z06 reproduction chrome wheels at this point i called everybody including the ****ing owner Dave Ayers himself, i had to call because if i had went back at that moment i would still be in prison not jail. They offered to remove the overspray, which i said hell no to, and they ordered me a whole new seat and a mirror. Now i have to get my driver chair removed from the car to replace the cut seat by the upholstery guy they use. (i am not looking forward to that) and service is going to install the new mirror. the overspray on the wheel i removed myself with mothers clay bar, i am sure they would have tried to sand off the overspray on my chromewheels with sand paper or something. i could not beleive so much bad **** could happen in 1 day to a brand new fifty thousand dollar car by the dealer the same people that sold me the car . my point is after u pick up your car and leave do not ever bring it back to those ****ing animals that could care less about your car.
 

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Heck I almost forgot what the original post was after reading that last one.

In answer to your question, almost regardless of who paints it you might not like it.

The question is how much is that chip going to bother you if it is just touched up?
 

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Heck I almost forgot what the original post was after reading that last one.

In answer to your question, almost regardless of who paints it you might not like it.

The question is how much is that chip going to bother you if it is just touched up?
I am not sure if the chip is going to bother me that much. I have very little experience with chips that have been touched up. Will the paint wear off over time? Do I need to keep touching it back up? The chip is actually smaller than I originally posted... I was a little pissed off when I found it so that could have made it bigger in my mind. I would say that the chip is around 1/4 in long and 1/16 in high. It has a trail mark to another small chip that can probably be buffed out. I originally thought that the chip was a water mark until I washed my car if that says anything. I saved for a number of years to buy this car and I plan on keeping it in new condition for as long as possible. It is my baby so I am very hesitant to hand it over to anyone. It sounded like they are planning on repainting the entire door...not sure why I need to find out more on that. The car is black so I doubt there will be any problems matching the color. However, all of the paint jobs that I have had in the past did not hold up as well as the original paint... even with name brand paint and 5 year warranties. Is the GM touchup kit any good?
 

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U did'nt say it was black in your original post, in that case just touch it up because beleive me u have alot of chips in your future. not that black chips more, u just notice it alot more when it does chip.
 

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Sounds similar to a situation I had with my C6 when it was new, I had about a dime-sized chip in the driver's side door so I ordered some touch-up paint and touched it up myself. The only problem with touch-up paint is it leaves behind a "blob" which your eyes will be drawn to every time you see it. If your dealer repaints the door panel you can almost be guaranteed there will be overspray which will have to be buffed out, so expect some return visits. The other alternative is to just live with it which I do now whenever I get rock chips on the nose, etc., if it doesn't look that bad I just leave it be since I know the alternative will probably end up making it look worse.
 

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before u touch it up get the blob eliminator at langka.com its a process thats use to elimiate the blob touch up leaves behind. Touch it up let it dry for 2 hours then apply the blob eliminator and rub out the blob leaving the paint thats filling the chip inside of the chip i beleive the langka kit is less than $30then apply the 3m clear bra on the hood, bumper, lights, rocker panels and mirror this will save u alot of ass ache in the future. i learned about this system after my ordeal at the dealer.
 

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U did'nt say it was black in your original post, in that case just touch it up because beleive me u have alot of chips in your future. not that black chips more, u just notice it alot more when it does chip.
Yeah, chips are a big fear for me. I did have the 3m bra installed on almost everypart of the car that may be susceptible to rock chips so this one really bothers me. It looks like a cart or something banged into the door. Do I need primer if the chip goes all the way to the fiberglass? So.... just touching it up myself sounds like the way to go?
 

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Touch it up yourself then use the Langka system to remove the excess blob, trust me it works u will barely notice the chip once its filled and the excess is removed. Damn u picked a tough color. my car before this was a black 350Z i was so happy i got rid of it for the simple fact that every scratch u get u will see it, and every time u wash it, it will be dirty again in an hour. Shopping cart ? what the hell are u taking this thing to the grocery store for ? although pimping certainly is'nt easy get yourself a cheap car to run errands in then u never have to worry about inconsiderate people.
 
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