Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:48 AM
Thanks for the compliments, much apprecaited. The cost was about $2500 to paint the hood, roof, and trunk, along with both bumpers. I did not do the sides, as the vinyl still looks brand new, no issues at all. In addtion, the cost to paint the sides is much higher, as you can imagine. For this price, the shop also fixed my hood scoop (which was starting to warp slightly), fixed the electolysis damage caused by the stupid stainless steel billet screws on the AL hood, as well as a few minor scratches elsewhere.
Now, the painted stripes have absolutely no ridge or bump relative to the black surfaces. I wish I could remeber the type of clear coat that they used, but in any case it was a higher-end clear. The shop said he would not even consider using the "everday" clear on this type of car.
Words cannot even describe how smooth the surfaces are now, not only the silver parts, but the black as well. New cars off the showroom floor do not have surfaces as smoothe as this. The car really looks brand new, better than new. They guys did an unbelievable job, really exceeded my expectations. The vinyl was a sour point for me since I bought the car in 2011, had rain spots on every horizontal surface. I Tried many fixes like everybody else, but nothing worked good enough.
In any case, it's allot of $$ to do the work, but if you plan on keeping your car long-term, find a good higher-end shop and have the stripes painted.