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      09-27-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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Load of crap or legit?

So I have a minor scuff on the bottom of one of my CF bumper splitters. Hit a low dip leaving a driveway at a friends place and *scrape*

Anyway, you can't tell anything happened unless you lay on the ground and look up at it, but of course I know it's there and want it fixed

Went to the stealership and they recommended a body shop down the road that does good work. Drove in there and saw lots of BMW's, Benz's, and quite a few Porche cars!

The guys there told me that with the CF parts, they can't help me. Need to order a replacement, the adhesive kit, the works. Quoted me at $399 for the part, $25 for the kit, 1.5 hours labor, etc... Total is over $500. Even the guy who looked at it for me said, "I'd just drive with it, that's too expensive to fix something you can't even see."

First off, can a body shop actually repair this? When I look at it, it seems that the CF part itself isn't damaged, and it's just the coating over it that is scraped.

Also, I wonder if any of the vendors here sell just ONE of the OEM Competition splitters. I can probably get it a lot cheaper that way...

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      09-27-2011, 04:02 PM   #2
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They're gonna scrape at some point no matter how careful you are. I say live with it.
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I've never heard of a "kit" to fix carbon fiber. You can get some resin and put over the carbon if the carbon itself isn't damaged and then sand and re-clear. 9 times out of 10 though, you will probably be able to tell a repair was done.
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thats why any front add-ons should be bought used. rather save half the price for something that will get damaged eventually and switch to other add-ons w/out losing too much money.
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drive with it, or have it all replaced! If you buy just one side, they will be unmatched to a certain degree, and that will still bother you!

Its like painting just a fender...you will always be able to tell its been repainted if the rest of the car is original!
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Thanks guys, I figure I'll just deal with it. Just my OCD kicking in anyway, because I'll always know it's there even though no one can see it.

Eric, how could the CF pieces be unmatched though? I thought it was just the CF with a layer of some clear resin and a clearcoat on it? I could be wrong, just curious.
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Thanks guys, I figure I'll just deal with it. Just my OCD kicking in anyway, because I'll always know it's there even though no one can see it.

Eric, how could the CF pieces be unmatched though? I thought it was just the CF with a layer of some clear resin and a clearcoat on it? I could be wrong, just curious.
Do you have any pics of the damage? From what it sounds like, the carbon weave isn't damaged. Possibly just sanding and re-clearing would fix it. And since there is no color-match to mess up, I doubt anyone could tell it was resprayed.

Of course, I'm only guessing since I can't see the actual damage.
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Thanks guys, I figure I'll just deal with it. Just my OCD kicking in anyway, because I'll always know it's there even though no one can see it.

Eric, how could the CF pieces be unmatched though? I thought it was just the CF with a layer of some clear resin and a clearcoat on it? I could be wrong, just curious.

One might have more rock chips, older clear coat could not be as clear... there's a lot of things...
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Have you thought about applying the clear lacquer that comes with the touch-up kit from BMW? that's what I do on my front lip whenever I scrape it on the bottom...
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Have you thought about applying the clear lacquer that comes with the touch-up kit from BMW? that's what I do on my front lip whenever I scrape it on the bottom...
Haven't thought about that, sounds like a good idea though.

I'll snap some pics of it this afternoon and post them up.
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