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Yesterday my neighbor's four year old son heaved landscaping stones all over my lovely ( well it used to be) 98 Deville. :crying2: While my insurance co goes after the neighbors, I will be getting estimates for paint and repair. I have eighteen small dents on my hood and roof. My question is can I reasonably hope that the final paint job will look top notch? My insurance co will only pay to have the damaged areas done, not the entire car. My Deville is silver metalflake and I have been a nut for detailing. I own and use a Porter/Cable dual action polisher, professional quality pads and about $200 bucks worth of professional cutting/reducing grit compounds, glazes and waxes. So I am just sick now over my damaged car.:rant2: Frickin' lil monster next door ! :devil: Has anyone else done a partial repaint and gotten quality match between the new and old paint? :ill:

Am I a rarity to suffer this injustice :wtf: or do others here have vandalism stories too?
 

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I was worried about that too. I have a few badly faded spots on my '89 DeVille. Obviously, my paint is much older than yours. I didn't want to to be jurrastic. It'd probably look worse than if I left it alone. I'd say the only main way that yours will turn out badly is if they don't match the color. It sounds like you take immaculate care of the car...so I'm sure the paint is still glossy as hell. You should be fine.
 

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I hate to rain on anyone's parrade but as I've stated in other posts, your paint is now about 7 years old now, it's silver and it has irridescent additives, when it is repainted the shop will probably color match what they see now which will be a different formula from the original. That means that it might look great/perfect when it is first done but in time (6 mos? 9 mos? 12 mos?) as the new paint begins to fade and the old paint continues to fade the difference will become evident.

Sorry, but that's the reallity of paint repair. The only way to avoid this is to paint the whole car.
 

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I had my front left fender repainted on my 98 Deville 6 months ago and the shop done a excellent job to match the factory(old) paint, I can't tell a difference even from an angle.
 

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There are a lot of cars around that only have part of it repainted and you could never tell unless you know what to look for. Don't worry about it. If it doesn't look good just go back to the insurance company again and complain. If the person who owns the body shop cares about what he does he won't let the car leave if it doesn't look good anyway.
 

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It Depends On Who Paints It...They Should Fade The New Paint Into The Old Paint...My Dad Has Been Painting Vehicles for 14 years and youve never been able to tell where he tried to match the color...dont take it to a place that has 100 cars to work on try to find someone who can actually take their time and paint it...The insurance will tell you preffered places to get it fixed which is because the shops are cheap...Find someone who will take their time,get an estimate from them and take it to the insurance company...
 

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I washed my poor 'stoned' 98 Deville and then circled every dent, scratch and chip with a red crayon. After shining the car I found alot more damaged spots. Then got estimates and the shops loved my red circles. Everywhere had some damage except for one door, one fender and the bumpers. (Excluding pre-existant road wear stone chips) Also need windshield replaced. My Caddy dealer's paint shop quoted $4,200 for repairs and another $500-$600 to do the entire car. A local family owned independant custom paint shop quoted $3800 for repairs and $150 more for the entire car minus the bumpers. They also said I have a tri-coat paint job over the primer. Silver metalflake, then tinted clearcoat (blue) and finally clearcoat. I intend to use the family owned and staffed custom paint shop and have the entire car repainted (except bumpers) even if I have to pay two or three hundred myself. This shop also said they know my Safeco adjuster and are confident they can get him to spring for a check that will be close to a full repaint. I take the Caddy to the adjuster on Wednesday. I'll keep you all posted on how this progresses. :stirpot:
 

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Do you really consider a 4 your old to be a vandal?

vandal One who willfully or maliciously defaces or destroys public or private property.
 

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Children are a direct affect of how there parents act. Oh yea where was the parental gaurdian when all of this was going on? I really think parents should start to act like it.Good luck with the paint, sorry to hear it.
 

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The bigger issue is discipline and accountability. Sure he's "only" 4 but that kid should have had his buttocks whipped by his old man. Chances are, he didn't. And when he's a teenager who knows what he'll be up to...

Good luck to the owner of the 2008 DTS who lives next door to him when he's 14, it'll probably get stolen and burned out.

Am I a cynical bastard? Yeah, but am I right?

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cadiman28 said:
Do you really consider a 4 your old to be a vandal?

vandal One who willfully or maliciously defaces or destroys public or private property.
Your own definition perfectly described that 4 year old.:thepan:
 

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See here's where we differ. I'd have drop kicked the kid into traffic. Seriously, I'd go inside and put my "shitkickers" on (Below) and punt that freakin' kid. When when he gets a car, whip shit at it.



In case you were wondering, yes, I really do own those boots.
 

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Wow,

Amen Dopestar - and I thought I was hardcore when it came to child discipline.

That'd teach him real good...<laughs nervously>

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Your own definition perfectly described that 4 year old.:thepan:
My 4-year-old would NEVER throw rocks at a car. He knows not to even touch windows or paint with his grimey hands. It comes down to the respect for other people's things that the parents instill in the child.

If every panel of the car is affected it will need repainted entirely. By the time you're done blending you're painted the whole car. Tri-coat paint is particularly tough to match but some shops can do a decent job.

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well, when i so much as asked more then twice for something in a store, i got that ever so common SLAP to the back of the head. even at 4, i knew my mother'd throw me down the stairs if i so much as made my neighbors angry. that kid needs to be shown how much each rock to the face feels. just like the car did. then brake his face like he did your winshield. followed by his picture posted everywhere for other children to see.... and learn. ( JUST KIDDING) he does need a swift kick to the @$$ but that's his parents job to do. a good @$$ whoopin never hurt anyone did it? nah, it hurts the parents more then it does the kid.... (yea... sure lol) but to answer ur question, id paint the Entire car, and go with the mom n pop shop. reason - they have the time to take care of it, and do everything right. get out every dent, sand, prime, etc etc etc.... good luck with it, and if it costs extra then the check, you have every legal right to sue the child's parents and you'll win because that's a clearcut case of neglect on there part, and not being fit for parental rights.

best of luck on the paint, i hope it comes out better then the car was prior to the little terrorist!
 

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...wow. I can't believe that happened to your car. My car was hit when I had it at my mechanics garage. I had to get the bumper and the front fender repainted. My 99 SLS is tri color too, it's pearlized white. Just so you know, you may want to get the bumpers painted too because they deffinitly won't match the rest of the car. Take the opportunity now to have them done and blended with the rest of the car because paint doesn't have the same finish on the platic bumper as it does on metal... unless your year still has metal bumpers. Good luck with the fixin' up. Let us know how it turns out. Oh and slap that kids parents against their heads next time you see them.
 

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Well the insurance adjuster agreed with my independent family paint shop on the damages. Upon further inspection the paint is not tri-coat but rather the metalflake silver itself gives off the blue accents at angles. So I drop my DeVille off at the paint shop Monday morning. I'm getting new windows and the entire car repainted except for the bumpers, in the original finish. Price for full repaint minus bumpers and new windshield and drivers door window = $3950. Shop said it will take 10 - 12 working days to complete the job.

As to the frickin' :gun2: lil' monster who rocked my car, his mother spoils the crap outa him and even denies they were home all day of the damages (lies). The father seemed sorry about it but I've never seen either spank the kid. As to suing, well I doubt even my insurance co will collect off em' as the only witness was another neighbor's six year old daughter.

I let you all know how the Caddy turns out in a few weeks when she's done.
 
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