Proper job can easily be £2000. By proper, I mean dismantling of all non-painted internal and external components, so that all the original colour is resprayed. On a normal production car, it is rarely economical to do it.
It possibly was becoming a Magnum grey one but now it certainly isn't. At less than a grand, I could have possibly talked myself into it - with a leather retrim. Not worth it on a *guess* 3 grand car though.
Cheers guys - the quickest open and shut thread ever!
Well - a while back, someone my Dad knows did the bonnet for a ton and it has a better finish on than the rest of the car. It really is flawless under any kind of lighting. That's why I used the 100 quid as a marker.
You're right though - it would be a silly waste of money which I wouldn't even see a penny of come sale time. I was just throwing some ideas around.
Paint is cheap, it's the labour that's expensive. A bonnet is relatively cheap to respray since there's little masking off to do. Compared that to a door, where you've got to mask (preferably remove) the door handle, mask the window rubbers etc...
Anyone know how much it might be to have a small crease taken out of a rear wing? I clipped the pavement today while making a sharp left turn to avoid an obstruction, and for some idiotic reason the council put a 3 foot bollard there.
It hasn't broken the paint, just pushed a crease roughly four inches long into the body. You can't really see it unless you look carefully.
Shame really, I always thought it would be someone else who damaged my car. The embarrassment of hitting it will be with me for some time to come, I think... guess it could have been a lot worse though!
It's thought ridicule and persecution at the colour of his car pushed him over the edge. The cavernous boot of his Ford Focus saloon allowed him to crawl inside and feed a hose pipe from the exhaust into it effectively driving himself to death. "
That's what you'll be reading in the papers L'escargot if you're not careful ;-)
I'm guessing it's worth 3 grand - I've just hit 70k and that seems to be the norm. Actually though, I was having a conversation with Dad the other day and I said I'd have no qualms whatsoever about buying the exact same car again only newer. They seem to do a darker grey and I'm quite a fan of that lighter blue but I've not seen any 2.0 Ghias in it. Black, whilst suiting the hatch wouldn't suit the saloon as I think the orange lenses on the rear are too prominent.
Anyway - I'll be keeping old Bess for a while yet. If nothing else but to annoy all of you!
Is the new shape focus saloon out yet? I think that should look pretty good. The estate especially in ghia trim looks good, the saloon, if the concept was anything to go by, looked classy. The hatch - the dullest of the range, although the ST or RS should look better.
You just know the best course of action is immediate sale of your sick-coloured Focus saloon and the subsequent purchase of a newer, higher specified Mk2 Mondeo for less than you sell the Focus for. Then add the Ford styling pack, and you'll be pulling hot girls in no time*
A friend of my sister's once bought an old Mini which was actually pretty good mechanically - but paintwork was a real mess - panels of different colours, surface rust etc (but no actual dents or scrapes oddly enough.) She wanted it tidied up for very little money.
I bought 2.5 litres of blue Hammerite and a got myself a nice 3" brush. Job done in a couple of hours! No rubbing down, no undercoats, rust sorted.
The car went on for a few years and looked quite distinctive in its own way........Touching up was a doddle......
MINI has revised the Countryman with slight tweaks to the exterior styling and improved engines for better fuel economy. The revised car is priced from £16,990 and will be available to order from June.