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Hello :)

So I will jump right in, I hope this is the right area to post this. My alfa which I just brought recently I got for a steal and had it checked over and it was in amazing condition except for some body work issues which in the grand scheme of things was not my biggest concern but was hoping I could get it fixed up. I have added some pictures but Ill have to take some more in the right light to show you the damage.

Basically the car has hail damage, rare in the UK and a shame as the owner has looked after this car in everyway with no expense spared. What this means is the roof and bonnet are covered in small dings, some worse the others. In most light at a little distance you would never notice but they are VERY noticeable when up close and personal and its a real shame.

Now I got a quote from a PDR specialist but he quoted £500 for just the roof and in total said it would cost £1000+ which seems very high as tbh if I was to spend that kind of money I would get the whole thing smoothed and resprayed as that would give a perfect finish and cover stone chips etc rather as well as fixing dings.

The guy reasoned that the cost was due to time it would take rather then difficulty and that the method he would use was glue pulling for most off the job, so I brought a cheap kit to see what I could do myself but not convinced the pull glue tabs are larger then the dings.

Whats my best options? Anyway to fix hail damage without the MASSIVE cost implications.

- Trep
 

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she looks a treat. personally i wouldn't bother getting it to look perfect and save your money towards the maintenance of her.
the passenger side of mine looks like it's been peddle dashed, due to all the careless people opening their doors onto my car.
a nice wash>detar>clay>megs#7>megs#16 will have it looking its best.
 

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It's a pity but it's probably not financially worth it.

If it was mine, I'd have it in the bodyshop... :D


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Well I am buying a replacement bonnet off one being stripped for parts same colour and facelift so will fit, quite a lucky find. Roof will then be only problem area but at least less noticeable then the bonnet and I hope I can DIY repair it or find a cheaper PDR guy.
 

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I can't catch a break :( the alfa I was buying the bonnet off of looked to be exact and was rosso alfa red like mine

BUT . . .

my paint code is 130B/B and the other car is 289/A so it's not a match the other alfa has the newer version of the paint so not match.
 

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But it's a good idea, so keep looking.

If you end up with an any-colour dimple-free bonnet, it could be cheaper to re-spray that the right colour than go with "Plan A" (fix and then paint the existing bonnet).


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A cheap fix to improve things, that rusty screw in the front number plate, stands out a mile


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A body shop is the only real solution but the car isn't worth much as nice as it is, however if you want to do it right take it and get it done it's your car, so if you think it's worth doing it is!!
Hope you find a solution.
 

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I might try doing some PDR myself, might not be as good but should be able to improve the worse bits. I agree that any money I spend on it I will not see again so is just for me although I plan to keep this car a while so not worried about small bits here and there.
 

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Unfortunately that price seems reasonable. Had a few cars come in with hail damage and they were written off, so it cant be cheap.
 

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Got another quote of £540 (inc VAT) to do the lot which isn't too bad. My car isn't the worst most of the dents are hard to see. As the pics show for the most part they arnt instantly noticeable until a closer inspection. The main cost is time due to shear amount of small ones to do and also the inside roof lining all has to be removed to get access to it which will take more time.

Think I'll get it done though, I saved allot on purchase price and so even with that cash spent I am quids in
 
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