Many months ago a guy hit me in a parking lot. It was an Expedition and the main problem was the lower part of the bumper was higher than my car, and the tire actually hit and climbed up the bumper.
He was at fault, but I decided to call my insurance and let them deal with it, but that was taking a long time, and I didn't want to pay my deductible and then have to go after the other driver. Plus no shops could find the parts, so they could only suggest that they total the car.
I didn't want yet another totaled car, so I contacted the other drivers insurance, and got them to get the driver to admit to fault (he was a jerk, and said that my daughter was driving, that we swapped places, among other things) and they said they had a shop that could fix it.
After 7 weeks of "still looking" they could only find a Gen I headlight. I told them just give the insurance an estimate and that they could pay me, and I would get the parts.
They settled for 2000 bucks, as the parts were expensive, even for used parts (which they couldn't get), and it is Silver Frost and harder to blend so that nearly doubled the labor.
I planned on getting the parts and letting the shop paint it. But I decided to spend 100 bucks on paint and supplies and try it myself. I have about 100 bucks in parts already, I bought a header panel at one place, but found a better one at another place, that was 20 bucks "wasted".
I am still not sure how well I can finish it, I am not as fussy as I used to be, and as these are all separate parts blending to me is less of a need. I also don't know how much paint I need, and if the Duplicolor paint and clear are good (I can get 6 eight ounce cans for 32 bucks from Amazon, or 2 12 ounce cans from automotivetouchup.com for 40 bucks, not sure 2 cans will do it. I also have some other places to touch up.
finally getting the parts:
header panel sanded:
primered header panel:
sanded header panel, probably good enough, but can still see stone chips:
headlight, yes much of the silver is loose and covering the lense
20 seconds of polishing after 400 grit sanding (worn from sanding 2 header panels and an entire bumper):