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Recent body work question

Hi all ,

I had to get my car door fixed and resprayed. Took it to a reputable shop and the job looks really good. However, upon further inspection at home I noticed that I can see little bumps along the surface now (when looking at it from the side) that seem to be dust or dirt that was on the surface and then painted over. Is this to be expected? Or should it be smooth like coming from the factory?

Is it being picky to take it back? I'm worried that if I wax the car in a few months or polish it, these bumps will get snagged and take the paint off as they come off.

There aren't a lot, but there are a few in a specific area.

Thank you.
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If you are not happy with the the work then take it back to see what can be done. A reputable shop will make it right for you. Would these "bumps" resemble anything like an orange peel? Sometimes with a new paint job you can get the "orange peel" effect which can be wet sanded out. Good luck!
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Cokenut wrote: If you are not happy with the the work then take it back to see what can be done. A reputable shop will make it right for you. Would these "bumps" resemble anything like an orange peel? Sometimes with a new paint job you can get the "orange peel" effect which can be wet sanded out. Good luck!
Thanks. Nope, it looks like if you painted a wall and painted over a special of dust.
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Poor prep or a dirty booth. It has to be repainted.
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Kasakato wrote: Poor prep or a dirty booth. It has to be repainted.
Thanks. I'm assuming it's not being picky to go back and ask for it to be rectified? I'm not sure if these things are normal or not for resprays.

I understand it won't be 100% perfect, but I don't see why dust needs to be in there.
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Typhoonz wrote: Thanks. I'm assuming it's not being picky to go back and ask for it to be rectified? I'm not sure if these things are normal or not for resprays.

I understand it won't be 100% perfect, but I don't see why dust needs to be in there.
I would not consider it a good job at all, if I was ok with dust I'd paint it in my garage. I've asked for a respray before, second time it came out fine.
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Kasakato wrote: I would not consider it a good job at all, if I was ok with dust I'd paint it in my garage. I've asked for a respray before, second time it came out fine.
Cheers. How did you go about dealing with the situation. Have a feeling I'll be told it's normal, though it's clearly not.
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Typhoonz wrote: Cheers. How did you go about dealing with the situation. Have a feeling I'll be told it's normal, though it's clearly not.
Point out the dust, ask them if the car arrived like that, which it clearly did not. I'm not paying someone to make the finish worse. I'd assume most shops should be fairly receptive to these requests as their reputation hinges on it.
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Kasakato wrote: Point out the dust, ask them if the car arrived like that, which it clearly did not. I'm not paying someone to make the finish worse. I'd assume most shops should be fairly receptive to these requests as their reputation hinges on it.
Will do. Thanks again. Will stop by tomorrow morning before work.
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Those small specs, likely of dust, painted over are what's called "fisheyes". As noted this is caused by poor prep either the area they're spraying in isn't clean, or the surface wasn't cleaned. If you had only seen like one or two in a large area that might be a bit too picky, but multiple to me is unacceptable so you're correct to send it back. Since you're at it, you probably want to make sure the paint texture is consistent with the rest of the car, and that the paint doesn't look dull, use the unaffected panels as reference. A good day in the sunlight should expose any painting flaws, the only colour you have to be in shade to see paint flaws is white.
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no it's not suppose to be like that. take it back.
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Took it back. They are going to wet sand it and polish it.

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