: SideSwiped in Germany!!!! ARGHHHH!



mberisha
01-19-11, 12:54 PM
Long-story short....I've had the V garaged for about 10 weeks now since the snow has been so bad and I failed the German inspection process in Nov for window-tint and no front license plate bracket.

Anyways...I just got new temp tags yesterday and drove the V to a detailing shop to have the window tint removed and the Creative front license plate bracket mounted while they had the V.

Well when I arrived at the shop...I noticed that I was SIDE-SWIPED lightly on the rear drivers side door with three white paint transfers.....ARGHHHHH!!!!!! :banghead:

The shop said they could pull the dents and fix the paint w/a technology called "SMART REPAIR" as well as touch up all the other minor chips for 250 Euro (~$325).

Has anyone heard of this "SMART REPAIR"? Also...attached is the link to their website www.lukas-kl.de

I'm at work so I can't upload the pics of the dents....ARGHHHH! The sad pics will follow when I get home.....

The only thing that was good about the day is that on the way to the shop I hit 141mph on the A6 Autobahn....damn I love this car (w/o dents of course)!

Anyways....thanks for the help...and I just wanted to verify that the GM Paint Code for a 2006 Black V is 41U and the touchup is WA-8555?

rand49er
01-19-11, 01:46 PM
So, there wasn't a note attached to your windshield wiper saying, "Du bist ein Dummkopf" I take it. Oh, well ...

Can't help you on those other issues, but consider this a bump anyway. Oh, sorry ... bad choice of words. :hide:

mberisha
01-19-11, 02:59 PM
So, there wasn't a note attached to your windshield wiper saying, "Du bist ein Dummkopf" I take it. Oh, well ...

Can't help you on those other issues, but consider this a bump anyway. Oh, sorry ... bad choice of words. :hide:

Hahah.....damn...you just made me laugh.....

Here are some pics from my BlackBerry from the swipe....head-on it doesn't look too bad...but from the straight-side it looks like the door was used for Bondo practice in a shop class....I'll get some pics with my camera tomorrow....



http://img003.picture2life.net/11051689/IMG00592201101191619_document-small_medium.jpg



On a good note....here's a pic of the Creative License Plate bracket mounted....looks pretty sharp....


http://img003.picture2life.net/11051688/IMG00594201101191627_document-small_medium.jpg

V-Guy
01-19-11, 08:26 PM
Hey, at least we know you keep a coat of wax on her - if we can see the pattern of your BDUs in the reflection!

TroyFleming
01-19-11, 08:56 PM
Now from looks of picture you have a large span wave in panel from front to back at knee level of your reflection in picture. A good dent guy could uncrease that panel pretty easily, as for that scuffs scratches I cannot tell if it went down to primer layer. Since it's a standard GM factory pack black paint repairs are easy so price is within line compared with united states.

As for smart repair system it's most likely a renamed 3m P3000 Trizact system. Which is amazing stuff to repair scuffs/scratches.

hXc95SLS
01-19-11, 10:47 PM
Now once the paint is fixed we want some autobahn runs....

CancerJCC
01-19-11, 11:47 PM
Hey, at least we know you keep a coat of wax on her - if we can see the pattern of your BDUs in the reflection!

ACU. (Battle dress uniform is the older camo and the Army Combat Uniform is the new uniform).

Sorry to hear about your luck OP.

mberisha
01-20-11, 01:22 AM
Hey, at least we know you keep a coat of wax on her - if we can see the pattern of your BDUs in the reflection!

Sure do....Zaino all the way....last coat was in September.....

Too bad a couple coats of Z-2 won't slap a guy up-side the head if they get to close to the V!

mberisha
01-20-11, 01:25 AM
ACU. (Battle dress uniform is the older camo and the Army Combat Uniform is the new uniform).

Sorry to hear about your luck OP.

Hahah....actually.....they are the new Air Force ABUs (Airman Battle Uniform).....but nonetheless good eye to catch the uniform!

mberisha
01-20-11, 01:34 AM
Now from looks of picture you have a large span wave in panel from front to back at knee level of your reflection in picture. A good dent guy could uncrease that panel pretty easily, as for that scuffs scratches I cannot tell if it went down to primer layer. Since it's a standard GM factory pack black paint repairs are easy so price is within line compared with united states.

As for smart repair system it's most likely a renamed 3m P3000 Trizact system. Which is amazing stuff to repair scuffs/scratches.

Thanks...that is really good to know....the guy at the shop seemed pretty confident that he could fix it. But with his limited English vocab....it was hard to convey to him that I needed to have it look "perfect"....

Nonetheless.....when I pulled into the shop there was a new 7 Series BMW and an X5 getting some work done in the bays...so hopefully the shop knows what a customer wants when they say perfect. (fingers crossed).

Here's another pic straight on that I forgot I had on the BlackBerry.....



http://img003.picture2life.net/11051690/IMG00593201101191620_document-small_medium.jpg

RippyPartsDept
01-20-11, 01:46 AM
i'm pretty sure you've got your paint codes correct, but to double check you can look at the SPID label in the trunk either under the carpet on the top of the spare tire cover or on the backside of the cover

looks like this (notice this particular car actually has the same codes you're looking for - 41U and 8555)

http://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/attachments/f4/88565d1267808931-vin-s-ssrs-deceased-5b116940_e.jpg

V-Guy
01-20-11, 01:47 AM
Hahah....actually.....they are the new Air Force ABUs (Airman Battle Uniform).....but nonetheless good eye to catch the uniform!

And they say there's no useful information on this forum!! LOL

Thumbs up on the Zaino - I'm a huge fan too!! In fact, I started a thread a couple days ago in the Appearance section called "Spent the Afternoon with the Zaino Brothers."

And seriously - thank you very much for your service to our country!!!

Guy

mberisha
01-20-11, 03:22 AM
i'm pretty sure you've got your paint codes correct, but to double check you can look at the SPID label in the trunk either under the carpet on the top of the spare tire cover or on the backside of the cover

looks like this (notice this particular car actually has the same codes you're looking for - 41U and 8555)

http://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/attachments/f4/88565d1267808931-vin-s-ssrs-deceased-5b116940_e.jpg

Thank you! I found the sticker on the underside of the spare tire cover late last nite.....

Quick question....why are there two codes....does it matter which one of give to the shop? Thanks for your help....

mberisha
01-20-11, 03:27 AM
And they say there's no useful information on this forum!! LOL

Thumbs up on the Zaino - I'm a huge fan too!! In fact, I started a thread a couple days ago in the Appearance section called "Spent the Afternoon with the Zaino Brothers."

And seriously - thank you very much for your service to our country!!!

Guy

Without a doubt...Zaino is amazing...can't wait to get this swipe fixed and have the snow stop so I can get the V "Zaino'd Up" again.....

BTW...we ALL appreciate the amazing support we get for serving...it's truly an honor to be part of the greatest military and the greatest country this planet has ever seen....thanks again V-Guy!

perfect
01-20-11, 10:13 AM
Sorry to see that Met! I hope that whoever did that isn't at the base...because you should throw them in the brig if they are!

RippyPartsDept
01-20-11, 10:26 AM
Thank you! I found the sticker on the underside of the spare tire cover late last nite.....

Quick question....why are there two codes....does it matter which one of give to the shop? Thanks for your help....

as far as I know the 41U is the GM RPO code for the paint color and the 8555 or U8555 or WA8555 is a PPG or generic paint code that any paint mixer can use to mix up that color

any good painter should have a cross reference for the RPO codes to the paint code but the problem with that tends to be that it's possible that GM would use the same RPO code for two different colors (just in different years) so it really is best to get the paint code, or both

mberisha
01-20-11, 03:27 PM
as far as I know the 41U is the GM RPO code for the paint color and the 8555 or U8555 or WA8555 is a PPG or generic paint code that any paint mixer can use to mix up that color

any good painter should have a cross reference for the RPO codes to the paint code but the problem with that tends to be that it's possible that GM would use the same RPO code for two different colors (just in different years) so it really is best to get the paint code, or both

Awesome...thanks for the info.

I stopped by the shopped today and told the guy that the code was 41U....and in almost PERFECT English he said..."....ohhhh....basic GM Black with Clearcoat"! So I'm dropping the V off Monday morning and he said I should have it back Tuesday afternoon.

Before I left I tried to convey to him how much I take care of this car and how I need it to look perfect for my own peace of mind.....and he leaned over to me with a Lucky Strike cigarette sticking out of his mouth and he said in broken English "....don't worry...it'll be perfect"....hahahah....well we'll see on Tuesday!

mberisha
01-20-11, 04:38 PM
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Sorry to see that Met! I hope that whoever did that isn't at the base...because you should throw them in the brig if they are!

Well....I only had the car on base from my garage till I went to the shop....so justice will be served in due time.....but I appreciate it.

However on a good note.....the roads cleared up this afternoon and I finally PASSED the German inspection and got some plates...I'm finally LEGAL in good 'ole Deutchland!

I'd like to give a shout-out to Max and Kristie at Creative Steel for the front license plate bracket....it looks REALLY sharp with the German long plate on it. Also...you wouldn't believe the amount of compliments I get on it for only having the plate on one day! BTW....Max & Kristie...there are a ton of Mustang and Camaro guys that will probably be emailing you looking for a solution for their front ends as well!

Here's some pics!


http://img003.picture2life.net/11062581/IMG00599201101201609_document-small_medium.jpg


http://img003.picture2life.net/11062582/IMG00600201101201618_document-small_medium.jpg



http://img003.picture2life.net/11062583/IMG00601201101201618_document-small_medium.jpg


And here are some pics of the V getting a bath on a snowy day to get all the road salt off before I put her back in her stable!


http://img003.picture2life.net/11062584/IMG00607201101201813_desktop4_medium.jpg


http://img003.picture2life.net/11062580/IMG00608201101201815_document-small_medium.jpg

CancerJCC
01-20-11, 05:16 PM
Hahah....actually.....they are the new Air Force ABUs (Airman Battle Uniform).....but nonetheless good eye to catch the uniform!

Ah I stand corrected! With what looks like jump boots, no?

TroyFleming
01-20-11, 07:15 PM
Thank you! I found the sticker on the underside of the spare tire cover late last nite.....

Quick question....why are there two codes....does it matter which one of give to the shop? Thanks for your help....

The 41U is not the paint mixing code technically. It's the factory paint color option code. The paint shop goes by the code 8555 which will convert to WA 8555 which is GM factory pack black either code works and converts out the same.

MIAdragon
01-20-11, 07:34 PM
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Well....I only had the car on base from my garage till I went to the shop....so justice will be served in due time.....but I appreciate it.

However on a good note.....the roads cleared up this afternoon and I finally PASSED the German inspection and got some plates...I'm finally LEGAL in good 'ole Deutchland!

I'd like to give a shout-out to Max and Kristie at Creative Steel for the front license plate bracket....it looks REALLY sharp with the German long plate on it. Also...you wouldn't believe the amount of compliments I get on it for only having the plate on one day! BTW....Max & Kristie...there are a ton of Mustang and Camaro guys that will probably be emailing you looking for a solution for their front ends as well!

Here's some pics!


http://img003.picture2life.net/11062581/IMG00599201101201609_document-small_medium.jpg


http://img003.picture2life.net/11062582/IMG00600201101201618_document-small_medium.jpg



http://img003.picture2life.net/11062583/IMG00601201101201618_document-small_medium.jpg


And here are some pics of the V getting a bath on a snowy day to get all the road salt off before I put her back in her stable!


http://img003.picture2life.net/11062584/IMG00607201101201813_desktop4_medium.jpg


http://img003.picture2life.net/11062580/IMG00608201101201815_document-small_medium.jpg


NEVER take your car through one of these, you might as-well wash it with a Brillo pad.

CancerJCC
01-20-11, 10:38 PM
NEVER take your car through one of these, you might as-well wash it with a Brillo pad.

X2. But for god sakes absolutely NEVER quote all of the pics from the original post either! :)

mberisha
01-21-11, 08:22 AM
NEVER take your car through one of these, you might as-well wash it with a Brillo pad.

I agree....I normally never would....but I had to drive the car in the snow and salt....and it was still below freezing...this was the only option where I was that had hot water.....

I got a "detail date" shortly after the repairs with the V.....

odla
01-21-11, 10:48 AM
What tips do you have on your car. I like them.

mberisha
01-21-11, 11:04 AM
What tips do you have on your car. I like them.

Thanks....Borla CatBack....5" Tips....

MIAdragon
01-21-11, 02:49 PM
Use this to wash the car in that weather. This is GREAT stuff btw.

http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-no-rinse.html

mberisha
01-21-11, 05:10 PM
Use this to wash the car in that weather. This is GREAT stuff btw.

http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-no-rinse.html

Thanks for the info.....do you always use it...or only when it's cold? HAhah....wait...I just saw you are in Miami....hahahha....nevermind!

MIAdragon
01-21-11, 09:42 PM
Thanks for the info.....do you always use it...or only when it's cold? HAhah....wait...I just saw you are in Miami....hahahha....nevermind!

I always use it unless I really let the car get dirty.

mberisha
02-19-11, 09:21 AM
BTW....forgot to post pics of the fixed side-swipe....came out pretty good....but as you can imagine how picky we all are about our Vs.....won't be completely happy until I get a new door.....

From a complete side shot....I can still see a little wave if I'm looking for it....argghhh.....


http://img003.picture2life.net/11372524/SideSwipe_Fix_desktop4_medium.jpg

JD03Cobra
02-19-11, 09:26 AM
Looks great! Zaino FTW