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Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: United Kingdom
Help! Advice on respray repair
Today I had a day off, and with the daffodils finally out I thought I would get the Brera out of hibernation and give it a good clean in preparation for a wax / polish and some summer use. It's only had a relatively small number of summer miles put on the clock since this time last year, and spent most of the harsh winter in the garage as it's a second car.
Looking closely around the nearside rear wheel arch, I saw what's in the picture below, an approx 3-4cm x 1cm long patch of bare metal with light surface rust, alondside the traditional Alfa road rash down to the white primer.
Last year, it had a partial respray under warranty actioned by Western Alfa Romeo in Perth to sort out the well known issue with road rash around the rear wings and sills, so I am somewhat surprised to see the car is back to an even worse state than before.
Today, after showing them the pictures, Western's bodyshop informed me that they believe this is reasonable wear and tear from stone chipping after a years use, and have refused my request to re-do the job.
I will obviously need to find an alternative bodyshop to fix it, at my own expense, and wonder if anyone has any advice on how to go about it?, preferably with a solution that doesn't involve a respray along with an oil change every year.
Is there any better method of respraying above the standard that's worth asking for? I thought about getting some vinyl wrap last year, and now regret not doing it.