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Recommended Paint/Bodyshop

#1 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Mon Sep 27, 2021 6:37 pm

My 1990 216 GSi Auto needs a partial respray to sort out a few minor cosmetic problems, although the majority of the paint is in excellent condition and only needs a good machine polish.

Given how good the original finish on the R8s is, can anyone recommend a bodyshop who can reliably replicate the original paint finish and colour shade? I realise that the paint will have faded over the last 30 years, but I would like to keep it as original as possible.

I have seen Silsoe Classic and Modern mentioned on the forum, but they seem to delight in producing a finish better than the original. I don't want that!!!!

Incidentally, I parked next to a BMW Mini the other day and the finish was appalling. I don't if it was original, but the orange peel was so bad, it looked as though it was finished with a rattle can. 😲
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#2 Post by GTiJohn » Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:03 pm

There's a fascinating article about to appear in the next edition of The Viking about painting an R8. Jonathan used Auto Repaint in Brierley Hill.
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#3 Post by Plodder » Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:20 pm

I had work done by Silsoe Classic and Modern but they mainly did bodywork repairs and there was only minimal visible paint work done.
But I would suggest that from the areas of visible paintwork the finish would be highly reflective if it was on the whole car.

If you find one I'd love to know the details if they are in the South - West Region of the country i.e Bristol or westward.

Since being in Devon I've contacted 6 or 7 places to try and find someone to do some small paint jobs. The main job is the bonnet which has probably a dozen tiny "hailstone" dents in it.
I'm hoping to purchase a new bonnet and get it resprayed complete as I think it might be quicker and cheaper for them to respray a complete bonnet inside and out rather than spending hours filling and flattening.

So far I've only had replies from 4 and 2 of them are so busy they are only interested in full respray or complete nut and bolt renovation job
The rest didn't both replying.

Good luck with the search
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#4 Post by rjessett » Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:42 pm

I've just used KC Autocolours in Witney for a roof respray and A-piller/rear quarter on my anthracite ZT 190. It had some awful lacquer peel on it previously.

Im totally over the moon with the match and finish. I do have an eye for these things, and this is, well, perfect. Just what I hoped for.

I was recommended them by a chap on the 75 Forum , who kindly let me see his cars that were done by them.

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#5 Post by Michelle » Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:52 pm

Hi All

Quote I already have
The roof would be around £420.

And the side of the car around £600-£640.

I have one quote but I am looking at getting another does one any one know of any body shops please that would deal with older cars I live in Kingstanding, Birmingham.

Thank you.

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#6 Post by RoverRevival » Tue Oct 12, 2021 6:48 am

Our paint shop uses a digital paint code scanner so the match is guaranteed but there is obviously costs incurred with technology.
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#7 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:32 pm

Michelle wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:52 pm
Hi All

Quote I already have
The roof would be around £420.

And the side of the car around £600-£640.

I have one quote but I am looking at getting another does one any one know of any body shops please that would deal with older cars I live in Kingstanding, Birmingham.

Thank you.

Kind regards Michelle
That sounds expensive. I’ve just had my SEi painted - upper and lower tailgate, wheel arch repairs on both sides replaced with new panels, front wing repaired and painted due to dent, respray down one side due to lacquer peel etc, bumper scuff painted, sill painted. Total £640. This was at a place in Cleckheaton near Bradford.
I’m pleased with it.

Obviously I had to spend some money on the repair panels too…
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#8 Post by Montegoman » Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:56 am

You are very unlikely to find anywhere to do it for that price "down south".
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#9 Post by Plodder » Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:23 am

The quote I had from Silsoe Modern and Classic in Bedfordshire was for £5k for a full respray up to the door jams. Thought it was expensive at the time but I’m now looking in the South West for someone to do the work. No estimates from this area yet
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#10 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:57 pm

Plodder wrote:
Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:23 am
The quote I had from Silsoe Modern and Classic in Bedfordshire was for £5k for a full respray up to the door jams. Thought it was expensive at the time but I’m now looking in the South West for someone to do the work. No estimates from this area yet
Prices for a full respray at the place I used near Bradford started at half that!
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#11 Post by itcaptainslow » Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:39 pm

Plodder wrote:
Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:23 am
The quote I had from Silsoe Modern and Classic in Bedfordshire was for £5k for a full respray up to the door jams. Thought it was expensive at the time but I’m now looking in the South West for someone to do the work. No estimates from this area yet
Very much depends on the prep involved-if that’s stripping back to bare metal, that’s really not an unreasonable price.
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#12 Post by Plodder » Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:11 pm

It wasn’t for a strip down to bare metal , but having said that the roof and bonnet have a significant number of hailstone dents in them so that would require filling and finishing which would probably take a significant amount of time.
Trying to get a new bonnet but I’ve got to work out how to collect and store one so it doesn’t get damaged prior to getting it sprayed and fitted. Hoping to get this problem sorted in the next couple of weeks. :sneaky
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#13 Post by itcaptainslow » Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:16 pm

A paintless dent repair technician might be able to deal with the hailstone dents for a lesser cost (and no filler!). Worth an enquiry.
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#14 Post by Kriss707 » Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:49 pm

I had mine painted 3 years ago at The Paintshop in Liskeard Cornwall at a cost of £3000.

They used top quality materials Glasurit basecoat & Spies Hecker 2k Laquer. Obviously the quality of the finish is dependent on the quality of application.

It is still shining as good as it did the day I picked it up.

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#15 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:06 am

Just a quick update. I've had a couple of quotes from two bodyshops.

The first one was from The Bodyshop Pershore. For a full respray and sorting out the deformed offside sill (the rear two thirds is apparently full of filler!), the total cost including VAT would come to £3,000.

I also took it over to KC Autocolours in Witney, who suggested £4,000 for the respray, plus a minimum of £600 for the sill, depending on what they found underneath. PLUS VAT! Based on seeing Richard J's ZT, it would be a high quality job. It had better be for that price.

In both cases, I would supply a new wing and hopefully a new sill and remove all trim myself.

I also took the Wedgwood Blue 45 to The Bodyshop to get a quote for respraying the bonnet and a machine polish. Total cost £750 including VAT. About £150 was for the overall machine polish.

However yesterday, I found out that I will be pensioned off on medical grounds in the not too distant future (expected luckily), so I intend to get another quote for respraying just the 45 bonnet at the local one. I will then assess the quality and decide how I proceed from there.

I will buy a machine polisher and have a go myself ...............after practising on a spare bonnet!
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