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Old 07-03-2006, 11:46 AM   #1
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body side moulding paint chipping

Hello, I'm new here and have been searching high & low for a rough idea on my car's situation. I have a 2001 Focus SE sedan.. it runs great & I love it, the only real problem I have with it is the paint is chipping on my drivers side body side moulding. (Don't know if thats the actual name but thats what my dad calls it )

I am looking to get it fixed, however I don't know if I take it to a body shop if I'll get fleeced on the paint job alone or not. Or if its cheaper to buy new body side mouldings installed. Its mostly just the drivers side that is chipping.. however the passenger side its like the glue wasn't strong enough. Any suggestions/feedback?






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Old 07-03-2006, 12:26 PM   #2
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the person before you painted em and did a shit ass job...take them off (double stick tape) sand then down and either get em redone or do it yourself. If you get em redone at a shop yer looking at around $80-100 reinstalled. If you do it yourself depending on where you get the paint around $60-80. Good luck
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Ooo Man...... take it to a couple different places... including a dealership.. see what kinda prices they will give you...
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Old 07-03-2006, 01:22 PM   #4
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Yeah, the base model focus did not come with painted side moldings. Who ever did the paint job simply did not know what they were doing.
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Old 07-03-2006, 01:35 PM   #5
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Like the others said, I would pull them all off, sand them fiercely until they are totally smooth, then spray on 3-5 coats of primer. After they are primed, spray about 5-7 LIGHT coats of Duplicolor CD Silver paint on them, then spray about 6 light coats of clear coat over that and let it sit out all night to dry.

For added sheen, you can wait for the clearcoat to dry fully, then wetsand it a bit, polish it and add more coats of clear if necessary.

Someone verify that I got the process right, so I'm not responsible for bad side moldings. LOL.

I'm pretty sure that's all you need to do.
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damn, that's a lot of paint. ^^^
Normally I'll shoot 2 thin coats of primer, or adhesion promoter, and 3 coats of DuPont paint mixed with high gloss.

you'll need a preval sprayer to do it, but it's a perfect color match. $30 should be total cost for paint and materials.


Either way, DuPont, or Duplicolor, it'll get the job done nicely. Also you will need 3M adhesive tape... this can be found at the same place you buy your paint.
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PERFECT reason why I always say to get them done 'professionally'..........
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It seems like a lot of paint, but by "light coats", I meant just basically misting the surface each time to ensure even coverage. By the time you reach 5 coats or so, you should have full, healthy coverage on the surface with no runs. The first few coats will probably still have the primer showing a bit.

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damn, that's a lot of paint. ^^^
Normally I'll shoot 2 thin coats of primer, or adhesion promoter, and 3 coats of DuPont paint mixed with high gloss.

you'll need a preval sprayer to do it, but it's a perfect color match. $30 should be total cost for paint and materials.


Either way, DuPont, or Duplicolor, it'll get the job done nicely. Also you will need 3M adhesive tape... this can be found at the same place you buy your paint.
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Old 07-12-2006, 06:53 PM   #9
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so I got a quote of $214 w/ tax from Maaco today.

Paint alone is going to cost 125. $10 for tape, and $53 for labor.

Considering the rough idea of 120 I got from here, I'm wondering if they're trying to rip me off. But, considering how cheap my car looks with the chipping paint, I guess its worth it. I tentatively scheduled my car to go in next Friday.
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rip off! maaco will paint a whole car for 400-500... I know they just do an "alright job" nothing outstanding...

Paint them yourself... If you are scared of removing them... you can do what I did and mask off the whole side of the car... worked great.


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