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Best way to remove scratches on a Porsche?

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Best way to remove scratches on a Porsche?

Hi everyone,

I am hoping to get advice on what is the best and ideally, most affordable, way to repair scratches on a vehicle. (Images attached).

Yesterday I accidentally scratched my Porsche Cayenne GTS, which was a very special gift from my fiancé, against a pillar while I was parking (I am very upset and banging my head right now!) Loudly Crying Face. I cannot bear to tell him, and so I am hoping to find a way to restore it to as it was (or very very close to) discretely, and out of my own pocket.

I contacted one well-received body repair shop and they stated it would be a minimum of $1800 to fix it. I have never had to get this kind of work done, but it seems very high. Is this a reasonable valuation or should I continue to get estimates elsewhere? Alternatively, would it be better for me to fix it myself using paint pens/other materials? And if the latter, what products would you suggest?

I apologize for asking so many questions but I am feeling quite flustered. Thank you very much for reading & any advice you have to share.
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Penalty Box
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Sorry to hear. On the bright side of things the damage looks to be contained to the painted trim. If I were you I would call porsche parts and see if those pieces come painted and if they are it's an easy swap as it won't be labour intensive.
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$1800 is for repaint ? If not, then that's high.

Not sure what city you are from ? If for repaint (assuming no damage to the sheet metal), I think $1200 would be the ball park.

If you are in GTA, then try to get quote from Impera (Scarborough) and BMC Auto collison (Concord)
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@EP32k2 Thank you for the advice! I didn't think of that, I will definitely be calling them to ask!
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If the damage is contained to the trim pieces then 1800 is way high, I wouldn't try a paint pen as it would look worse if poorly executed, I would take some laquer thinner on a rag to remove the yellow paint and you'll get a better idea of how much actual damage was caused.

Edit; fairly certain those pieces won't come pre painted.
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@booblehead The price was for a re-paint on that area (quarter panel). I am from Vancouver, but I would assume that Toronto and Vancouver would be quite similar in pricing.

Thank you for your response, it gives me a much better idea of what it should cost.
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@prochargedv8 Hi and thank you for the response! Yes the damage is contained to the trim on the quarter panel (right above the tire). And I will definitely get laquer thinner, I didn't know that's all it took to get the yellow off- thanks!
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LauraBrooks3 wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 2:39 pm
@prochargedv8 Hi and thank you for the response! Yes the damage is contained to the trim on the quarter panel (right above the tire). And I will definitely get laquer thinner, I didn't know that's all it took to get the yellow off- thanks!
I wouldn't advise someone who is new to restoring cars to start opening a can of paint thinner and start cleaning any areas. First, ask someone you know who knows auto body well to help you if all it takes is $5 can. If not pay up the dough and fix it. Best imo is to fess up and tell your better half what the options are, he may know more then you or us.
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@booblehead You are very kind to search up other companies for me, I appreciate it very much! I have contacted Burrard Autostrasse and I will be heading there for an estimate. Unfortunately, their earliest opening is close to the first week of Feburary Persevering Face. I will give Korva a call- thank you
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peteryorkuca wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 2:52 pm
I wouldn't advise someone who is new to restoring cars to start opening a can of paint thinner and start cleaning any areas. First, ask someone you know who knows auto body well to help you if all it takes is $5 can. If not pay up the dough and fix it. Best imo is to fess up and tell your better half what the options are, he may know more then you or us.
Yes that's very true, I'm starting to think it will be better to just let him know. I really would love to fix it discretely, but I'm starting think I might make it worse and spend more than necessary. Face With Open Mouth And Cold Sweat
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peteryorkuca wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 2:52 pm
I wouldn't advise someone who is new to restoring cars to start opening a can of paint thinner and start cleaning any areas. First, ask someone you know who knows auto body well to help you if all it takes is $5 can. If not pay up the dough and fix it. Best imo is to fess up and tell your better half what the options are, he may know more then you or us.
Calm down, laquer thinner will not strip 2k cured clearcoat, it can soften it but only if you leave a soaked rag on the car for an hour.
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bembol wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 3:15 pm
I say after. LOL

Seriously he gave it to you, guessing the money will be coming out of your own pocket?
Lol, I'll remember that when/if I tell him.

Yes the money will be coming from my own pocket to repair, but he'll still be (rightfully) upset/angry if he found out. I hate to hide things, but I feel like ignorance might be bliss. I'm hoping I can find a good price for the repair and hide it until it is done 🙏🏻
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Bottom trim piece might be able to replaced as said by others.

Top part looks like it can be buffed out.

Should be less than $1800.
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Is this a brand new car ? If it is already a few years old, maybe he won't be that upset. Maybe he will say ... don't fix, it's time to get the new gen Cayenne ! Smiling Face With Open Mouth

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