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Advice on paintless dent repair in NYC...

3 February 2002
I did a quick search and saw that many people have had good results with the paintless dent repair process...

I was wondering; does anyone know of any good quality shops for this job in the NYC area? I have two dings on the rear bumper that I would *love* to have done...

The rear bumper cannot use this process, only sheetmetal(aluminum in this case) of a vehicle can be repaired using this method. If the bumper has dents(it can happen if something pushed into it and stretched it), then it can be either filled or heated somewhat to return to the original shape. Either way, repainting would be necessary. I own a paintless dent removal company. Today I worked on a show car destined for I believe a Michigan show. Value of said vehicle, sit down please. 400,000 dollars. Talk about being nervous, oh by the way, did we mention that the car is worth... YES do did mention that. WHEW, glad that is over with. The last car that I worked for them had a 40,000 dollar paint job. Where do they spend the money and how does it get so high? I have no clue, and yes the cars are spectacular. 40 grand for a paintjob? INSANE!!! I'm sure to get questions on this one....
Speaking of an expensive paint job.
A fellow was on ebay a few weeks back
selling his Viper for $250,000. It was the "famous?!" Meteorite Viper.
Claimed the paint job costed him $150,000.
I'm will to bet this car is still available.
Before deciding to repair and repaint that bumper, consider the advice offered by Woodwork on the e-mail lists yesterday:

"Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 16:42:25 -0800
Subject: [NSX] Rear bumper paint


Sorry this is late, I was out of the office.

You can quote that it is the experience of the "Body Guy" from American Honda that the average body shop has a much harder time trying to get paint to stick to a repaired bumper than it has trying to get paint to stick to a new bumper with factory primer.

That is a fact and most adjusters know it, but some may not admit that it is what they have seen too.



Remember, nobody in this country knows more about the NSX than Woodwork.

[This message has been edited by nsxtasy (edited 09 February 2002).]
Thanks for all the info! I actually never thought that the bumper might be plastic. The way it dimpled, I just assumed it was metal.

I've decided to just leave it be. It's just two small dings and, as usual with these things, they're only visible from certain angles. Other than that, the rear is 99% perfect. Sometimes I think it's better to live with a minor imperfection in the factory fittings; I get worried when they have to repaint large areas...
Sometimes I think it's better to live with a minor imperfection in the factory fittings; I get worried when they have to repaint large areas...

I agree.
I agree that it is better to live with a minor imperfection if you can. I don't understand why getting paint to stick to a repaired bumper vs. a new one poses a greater problem. As one who repairs several bumpers a week on all kinds of vehicles that use the same type of plastic as used on the NSX bumpers, I can't see where one is more difficult than the other, just different. In fact I have seen more failures on new, replaced OEM bumpers than on repaired ones. While not being a witness to the process employed by the shop that did the "failed" refinish work it is safe to say that it is usually due to improper procedure ie. cleaning,prep,application and choice of materials etc.. The "average" shop that doesn't take the time to aquire the knowledge of the proper techniques and application of their chosen brand of paint/refinish would clearly be a poor one. A sad state of affairs for the "average" body shop if they can't keep the paint on the bumper, NSX or otherwise.