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    Scratched door from sideswipe... touch up or full respray?

    I've had my little Move up! (Cornflower/Mayan Blue) a mere 9 weeks today, my OH was driving it and a motorcyclist came at him on the wrong side of the road while overtaking an oncoming vehicle. Removed my offside mirror and has put about 15 scratches in my offside door they didn't bother to stop. Thankfully no injuries or even dented panels but OH understandably rather shaken up.

    I have some touch-up paint but don't see how that many scratches can be blended in without it really showing, OH thinks I should just use my touch-up but all I want is for it to look the way it did before at least unless you *really* look for the marks, my gut feeling is it will take a respray... have any of you ever managed a good job with touch-up sticks?
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    That's a really lovely colour, I was thinking the other day when I saw one that colour it would look nice on an old Beetle resto custom. That aside, as an ex-painter (Asthma ended that line of work) I can assure you that if it is touched up it will look awful and only get worse as it ages, as claiming on your insurance is probaly going to cause problems I think you should take it to a VW approved paint shop and have it properly done or else when you come to sell the car it will cripple its value.
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    Thanks Crasher, feared that would be the case can't hurt to get an estimate. One or two are down to bare metal so will have to touch in as a temporary measure... Just so annoying!

    It is a gorgeous colour, I considered Tornado Red but just love that blue!
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    Don't go for the cheapest, be extremely fussy about the job being perfect, that is why I think a VW approved body shop would be sensible as it keeps your warranty intact. If you do go to VW, make sure the work is entered in the service book to protect your warranty.
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    It's almost obviously that the whole door will have to be painted ( need pictures to be sure ) and maybe even the adjoining panels to match the colour.
    Best thing to do is take the car to a couple of car detailing and get some quotes
    Please tell us your car spec?

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    Hi Oliver,

    I had the whole door done, along with the new mirror cover. My husband has a metallic indigo blue C5 which was scraped by somebody else misjudging a narrow road in France a few years back and the local guy he used was recommended by Citroen and did an excellent job so I went to him. So far so good...
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