Painters/bodyshop advice - cost sensitive - please

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Painters/bodyshop advice - cost sensitive - please

Postby Jackonicko » Sun 10.05.2009, 22:13

My Pac Blue Elan has the usual patches of 'lifting lacquer' here and there, and a couple of really scabby areas (gravel rash across the front and mirrors, dire problems around the filler cap, and a nasty patch on the edge of the front bumper).

Thanks to some envious scrote's psychological problems it now also has a single 'kick'-sized dent on the driver's door just below the 'crease'.

This latter has elevated the need to 'do something about it' from "eventually" to "imminently".

I don't want to change colour, I don't need the car to be concours, and it won't be hard for the car to look better than it does now.

I don't want to spend a fortune on this, as I do have other priorities (brakes, hardtops, etc).

Does anyone have any recommendations - especially if they also have 'guesstimates' as to the likely cost?

Does anyone have experience of using Steve Williams for minor bodywork/paintwork?

Does anyone have experience of Specialised Paintwork in Reading?

Does anyone know who Will B uses? SurferPhil? Clemo?
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Postby max and andy » Mon 11.05.2009, 00:56

Would you not be better flogging yours and taking advantage of the times? Then you could buy that S2 you have always dreamed of. :smt064 M&A
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Re: Painters/bodyshop advice - cost sensitive - please

Postby Jackonicko » Mon 11.05.2009, 01:24

1) Mine is worth very little. Even less with a f****** great hole in the door.
2) I'd have to spend a great deal to get a significantly better one.
3) There's a recession on. I've lost two major contracts this year (Costing me in excess of £20k) so I have NO F****** MONEY!
4) I don't really want an S2 (nasty wheels, power-sapping cat, etc.)
5) Mine is worth very little primarily because she's tatty. She has a good roof and a reasonable interior, so a respray will do a lot to improve her.

Apart from that, really helpful advice, thanks mate. :roll:

(Unless of course you're so awash with money that you're offering me a massive sub.......? Or unless you're offering to buy her for £6K or so.....? :banana:





OK? Thought not.)


Did I mention that I have NO F****** MONEY?
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Postby Jackonicko » Wed 13.05.2009, 16:36

No-one has any recommendations?
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Postby ektrolleyboy » Wed 13.05.2009, 17:04

I don't think you're going to get anything done cheaply to be honest. Not with fibre-glass...

You could try the local college, garages etc. Look for an apprentice painter that needs to practise. You pay for the material etc. He/she does the work.
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Postby Jackonicko » Wed 13.05.2009, 18:44

Good lateral thinking, ET!

By cheap I guess I mean anywhere south of a grand.....
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Postby Specky » Wed 13.05.2009, 19:10

I've seen Steve and his team at work in both Maidenhead and Winsor (Hell of road on the suspension), sadly all I can say is.... it looked alright...

Also I never seen any "before and after" cars that have been worked by SW.

I don't know anyone who's had body work done, you could try on the LEF, but saying all that he does seem to have a different Elise in the bay daily...

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Postby Dave Eds » Wed 13.05.2009, 21:00

Jon - Dave Freeman over on LEF has given me the no of the chap he uses in Harlow, Essex. I will be getting a quote from him for my car in the next couple of weeks, when I find some time! Any use?
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Postby Jackonicko » Wed 13.05.2009, 21:57

Yes indeed. Thanks D.Eds.
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Postby al » Sun 07.06.2009, 23:25

Specky wrote:I've seen Steve and his team at work in both Maidenhead and Winsor (Hell of road on the suspension), sadly all I can say is.... it looked alright...

Also I never seen any "before and after" cars that have been worked by SW.

I don't know anyone who's had body work done, you could try on the LEF, but saying all that he does seem to have a different Elise in the bay daily...

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I had some accident damage done there, but I don't think I'd go again to be honest, the paintwork has since started showing stress marks, which, I'm told, are there because the old paint wasn't sanded down & prepped properly, also they charged for a new rear light cluster which never actually turned up - I had to go and find my own after a couple of months' repeated phoning and waiting for them to sort it out. :roll:
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Postby CJ101KT » Tue 09.06.2009, 17:27

Option 1 (http://www.option1sportscars.co.uk/) will be at a Lotus meeting on this coming Thursday at the Arrow Mill Hotel, Alcester, Warwickshire, if it is of interest to you or anyone else. They will be there for a talk and to offer advice. The meeting kicks off at around 7:30pm. :-D
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Re: Painters/bodyshop advice - cost sensitive - please

Postby Rice crispy » Mon 03.05.2010, 21:28

jackonicko,
did you get the paint job done ?? if so was it where dave eds suggested ? i need to get my bumper done a maybe a couple of other panels if funds allow.

anyone have any suggestios of where to go in essex other than Sinclairs (will be too expensive i think)

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Postby Dave Eds » Mon 03.05.2010, 23:10

Stock Coachworks mate! Not far from you!
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Postby Jackonicko » Mon 03.05.2010, 23:20

How much did they charge, D.Eds?
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Postby Rice crispy » Tue 04.05.2010, 08:22

Cheers Dave
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Postby tomac1975 » Tue 04.05.2010, 11:29

Hi,

I think I remenber surfer phil mentioning a bloke in chalfont that he uses, maybe worth PM ing him as if I recall from a brief chat with him i think it was reasonable. sorry i can't recall costs.

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Postby Dave Eds » Wed 05.05.2010, 16:34

Jackonicko wrote:How much did they charge, D.Eds?



Dunno! Bob had some work done there, but they are highly regarded locally.
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Postby baldyash » Wed 05.05.2010, 20:01

Definetly recommend stock coachwork----nr chelmsford
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