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Keyed bodypanel! - What are my options?

Apr 7, 2018
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Having had the misfortune to have my rear bodypanel keyed, i would appreciate your thoughts on how best to deal with this. My insurance are aware of this but say its up to me how i wish to proceed as will no doubt increase my premium if i claim. So, is this unusual and what are my options please. It may be a minor issue, but still its my pride and joy which has been vandalised on my own driveway :-( Sure seems like my initial introduction to motorhoming has been fraught with so many unfortunate events over these past 15 months of ownership that i am beginning to wonder why me, as its been an on-going drama from day one... Thanks Holly
 
Sep 3, 2012
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Have a word with the people who fix dents etc. They are mobile and come to you, chips away or similar, Check your local scratch repairs on line, take some photos and send them, maybe better to put some up here also for additional advise
 
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Miss Trinity
Apr 7, 2018
30
20
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53,220
Have a word with the people who fix dents etc. They are mobile and come to you, chips away or similar, Check your local scratch repairs on line, take some photos and send them, maybe better to put some up here also for additional advise
Unfortunately i've tried Chipsaway and they assure me it needs a body shop as it will require a relaquer of the entire rear panel as, though very minor, its unfortunately right across the centre area... :-(

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Miss Trinity
Apr 7, 2018
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Any pictures at all?

Smart repairs are prepared to do most jobs where Chips away wont!


Kev
Its in the bodyshop shortly for a wee crack in the cab roof which is most unusual but can happen, so i'm seeing if they can take care of this at the same time. Sure aint been a stressfree experience to date, but one day the sun will hopefully shine on me too. Just a matter of price, but the wrap method sounds promising... Thanks for your wise words Kev... :)
 
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Hagstrom

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If it's metallic paint and it hasn't gone through to the basecoat, you could brush in some 2-pack clear lacquer with an artist's brush and build up the lacquer layer until its flush with its surroundings. Then flat it off with something like 600 wet or dry paper and polish it up. If the keying has gone through to the metal, you're stuffed. It's probably a full panel repaint.

If it's solid colour (not metallic) and not through to the metal, you could try doing the same with a refinishing paint matched to a paint chip from your vehicle, flat off and polish out.
 
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Its in the bodyshop shortly for a wee crack in the cab roof which is most unusual but can happen, so i'm seeing if they can take care of this at the same time. Sure aint been a stressfree experience to date, but one day the sun will hopefully shine on me too. Just a matter of price, but the wrap method sounds promising... Thanks for your wise words Kev... :)
Just to be clear..The scratch or hole will need to be smoothed out before it has a decal or wrap. Trust me...Dropped a real ball when my car was done! I had caught the clear laquer and thought it was all ok to cover with a silver wrap? Wrong!!!!!!! It stuck out like a sore thumb!

Kev

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Feb 21, 2016
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Most towns have a body shop where they repair and restoration body parts. Ask the guys at the local garage who they use.
 
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Miss Trinity
Apr 7, 2018
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If it's metallic paint and it hasn't gone through to the basecoat, you could brush in some 2-pack clear lacquer with an artist's brush and build up the lacquer layer until its flush with its surroundings. Then flat it off with something like 600 wet or dry paper and polish it up. If the keying has gone through to the metal, you're stuffed. It's probably a full panel repaint.

If it's solid colour (not metallic) and not through to the metal, you could try doing the same with a refinishing paint matched to a paint chip from your vehicle, flat off and polish out.
Unfortunately its white and down to the alluminium so will require filling and respray. But yep i think its going to work out, having had some good advise... cheers Holly
 
Oct 7, 2015
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Cirencester
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Elddis Majestic 155
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Your insurer will (probably) increase your premium anyway - no doubt they made a note of your query in your file........

:(

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Puddleduck

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Jan 15, 2014
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Unfortunately its white and down to the alluminium so will require filling and respray. But yep i think its going to work out, having had some good advise... cheers Holly
I managed to catch a gate hinge with our previous van and tore through the hab door (aluminium) right through to the centre insulation :( A place local to us (Mill Garage at Duns, Scottish Borders) did a repair that could not be seen when they were done with it. It cost less than the excess on the insurance policy.
 
Aug 17, 2016
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There is a guy who does excellent work on plastic, fibreglass and metals. Have used him twice and recommend him. Last time in there he was doing body work and paint on a light aircraft, and a TR6.
Goose Green at Attleborough, Norfolk. About 3 miles off the A47 on the east side of the town. He has a web site.
 
Jun 29, 2015
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Unfortunately as you have advised your insurance company, they will increase your premium next time round. After I inadvertently ran the MOHO into our bungalow and claimed, I found out what a big mistake it was. The claim was for about £2,000 they paid that less my excess. Then at renewal took my no claims and loaded my policy by £1,000 also we.got a loading on both cars and my motorcycle. I would not claim for anything under £2,500 as a minimum.
 

Riverbankannie

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Unfortunately as you have advised your insurance company, they will increase your premium next time round. After I inadvertently ran the MOHO into our bungalow and claimed, I found out what a big mistake it was. The claim was for about £2,000 they paid that less my excess. Then at renewal took my no claims and loaded my policy by £1,000 also we.got a loading on both cars and my motorcycle. I would not claim for anything under £2,500 as a minimum.
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