Cosmetic surgery advice needed!!
It's been a little while since I've posted, but been enjoying following the threads over the past month or so... great to see that the site is still expanding - seems like we have new faces every time I'm on for a read. Great stuff.
So the new baby's been with me for seven weeks and have been having some real fun when I've had the opportunity to go off for a blat.
All was well until one Saturday afternoon, someone took a swipe at the front bumper and bottom edge of the wing while it was in a local carpark. Needless to say no insurance note left, just a nice set of scars for me to find! [img]smilies/mad.gif[/img]
So I think to myself ... no need to take her in for a full respray, the car refinishing firms that I've been hearing so many good things about should be able to sort this, so contacted one of the better known firms ... approx 17 (!!!) hours of work later, the guy has had enough after finding it impossible to recreate the correct colour / tint combination ... performed the repair work well, shame about the fact I now have a hideous mismatch in the paint on wing and bumper ...
So thats one lesson learned ... Nuvola Blue is a beautiful colour (had so many people remarking how good it looks on the car) and in my opinion and does the shape of the 147 a lot of justice, but seems a ***** to repair. I was aware that this may be a problem when I made the purchase, given the complex nature of tints used to create the iridescent effect, so it's not a complete surprise ...
The other lesson is to be a little more choosy about the places the car gets parked!
I now need to find some way to rectify this as I can't bear to leave the car so horribly scarred and disfigured ... Has anyone had respray work done on a 156 or 147 in Nuvola Blue? If so, what were the results like?
Most importantly, can anyone recommend a good Alfa approved bodyshop in SE England or London where I can take her in for some cosmetics? (And anyone have a rough idea how much it's going to cost to respray a front bumper and wing? - I'm not keen on making an insurance claim for this, for all the obvious reasons!)