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I don't think a painted panel from Bowling Green is feasible as an orderable part, nor would it likely match.

If it needs a fix, let a dealer that can paint shoot the panel on the car. I'm no body man, but I don't think I be in a hurry to break the glue on a panel if that's what's involved.

Good luck and keep your perspective.
 

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Is the concern the area under the sidemarker that looks like "buffer burn'?

I'm not a bodyman, as I said. I think a better match is achieved on the car rather than off... maybe a painter will chime in.

Maybe find the best painter in your area and ask him how he'd fix it if it were a job he'd have to sign as his work.

Many dealers have excellent painters. Share your expectations and let them share if they can meet them.
 

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What ever you do don't take it to ELCO:eek: With the experiances that I have had in the last month with body shops I would recomend they pull the panel and do a total repaint. I would not be to concerned with the adhesives. They will just put new on. With the panel off of the car you will not have to wory about overspray. The panel comes off fairly easily. Make sure the guy knows what he is doing. If it is a decent painter the match should be perfect, and since your car is not that old this should help too. However you decide to go make them paint the whole panel. Don't let them do the blend job. Good luck and remember DO NOT TAKE YOUR CAR TO ELCO CHEVORLET IN BALWIN MO FOR BODY SHOP WORK!!!! :D
 

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Brian,

Kevin is a good friend of mine, but I have to diagree on removing the panel. You could wind up with a bigger mess. :( Fastdog is leading you down the right path!! You don't want to break the adhesives. Find a good painter!! Ask questions!! Even though it looks like crap now, that is an easy repair.
 

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I would agree that repainting would be better than replacing the panel - even when explaining to a buyer. Just keep the photos that you've posted to explain what it was.
 

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1fastdog said:

Is the concern the area under the sidemarker that looks like "buffer burn'?
I've seen the panel in person -- its not buffer burn, its super thin black paint that has been clearcoated over. No buffing done.

Like Brian said -- how the hell did this panel ever pass QA at the factory? :-?

Brian -- the best and easiest way for them to repair the paint is to remove the rear facia and side marker light, then repaint the fender. A high end body shop should be able to do this easily.

Let us know how it turns out. :D.
 

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Brian,

Best of luck with whatever you decide. And i would agree on breaking the bond on the panals. A good Shop will do you ok.......
 

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A good shop will paint as much as needed to blend properly. Black is very hard to match, but not impossible. I would prefer a shop not affiliated with a dealer. These guys do this as primary business, dealers usually do this as a convenience and the work shows.
Good luck, I get crazy if my cars have to be painted for any reason.
 

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Brian

Sorry Dudeski................:(
There is (nearly nothing), that gets me jacked quicker.....than a new vehicle.......ESP a 50K vehicle, that needs work......and esp cosmetics.........
This isONE more reason I would like to see Vette's at a SEPARATE dealership from the rest of the pack........
The quality of service & paint, etc......would/could be greatly enhanced........
Best to you..........;)
 

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I have never had Roy Robinson Chev do any bodywork for me but I know they do a lot of work on vettes in general, have their own vette showroom, have a fulltime vette mechanic on staff and have done all of my service and repair work to my satisfaction for the last fourteen years. The only other shop in my area that does a fair number of vettes is Sunset Body shop in Everett, but again I have been lucky in that I've never needed any body work.

Pat :)
 

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Sorry to hear about the Blem.

Don't have any recomendations on any good vette body shops in the area. Used Blackstones in Federal Way for all cars prior to owning Vettes and always had good luck.

I am sure you will get her taken care of properly.
 

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Brian,

I've used (I think the name is 405 Collision), they are located in Kirkland off of 405 and I think 124th.... I had them wetsand, my ex-car. This shop was recommened, by some friends on the F-Body list. I was real happy with their work.

rob.
 
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My suggestion is to go outside the dealer network for the most expensive highest quality job! At least for an opinion.

Do this at three shops and give the GM rep the dam bill ..

My first reaction was.. just leave it as it is... it can't be that bad?

The fix will usually be more complicated.

Can you take a photo of it and post it?

But after hearing others can easily see it..I would imagine a fix is in order..

Porsche/Ferrari/Rolls Royce dealership usually use expensive paint shops. Thats where I would head first if for nothing else but to get the zone manager involved and possibly a little heartburn.

Whatever happens..I'm sure you car will turn out beautiful!
 

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My EBZ06 has a 6"X3" spot on the deck lid that does not have enough color on it.I went to my local dealers body shop and he says they would paint the spot and blend it into the top of the driver side quarter panel.
I can't see spraying a perfectly good quarter to get a paint match.This defect got by both Cave City Chevy and the Museum in Bowling Green,probably because its almost invisible under flourecent lighting but noticable in the sunlight
I am going to a non dealer Corvette specialist today and get his opinion
I would rather pay an expert than have a dealer body shop ruin the car,I will post results when I have this done
What do you guy's think about this,comments welcome
Ray T:-?
 

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Brian, when was your car built? I'm curious because my black Z was built Nov 1st and I have to
say it is probably the worst paint job on a new car that I have ever seen. I am ok with it because
overall, at a glance, it looks good. However, under good light the orange peel is terrible !
 

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Brian;

There have been several comments about the "repaint" when you sell the car. If this job is done right, you will probably have forgotten about it when it comes time to sell. Secondly, I would not offer the information when you do sell the car. Meaning, usually potential buyers ask if the car has ever been wrecked. Well, it hasn't, so why offer information that is not asked for. If the question comes up about repainting...you can say NO.....primarily because the question is based on the whole car having been repainted.

HB
 

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Here's what you might try if you are adventurous.

Have the dealer diagnose the paint. If it's declared a defect and warrantable, see if the dealer will sublet @ warranty rate to the shop of your choice. If the shop you like agrees, no money out of your pocket... If not, pay the difference out of your pocket. Get the sublet shop to warrant their work and any comebacks are the independant's problem. Agree with the dealer that it's the last he'll hear about this particular issue... the dealer should like that part.:roll:

Paint work on production vehicles should be expected to be repaired to commercially acceptible standards. Some Corvette folks want "show" paint work... Some buy mods without a question.... and one might swallow the out of pocket with that in mind.

There's always the possibility the dealer can square the paint away. I can almost guarantee they won't entertain a "repaint", it doesn't work that way.
 
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