Complete repaint 96 Bird - questions
Hello, and some questions from a relatively short-timer:
My 96 Bird was parked out front at the curb when it got caught up in the senseless vandalism that seem to happen every so often. Long story on getting low-balled by the ins co, etc, but that's for another time, may yet involve legal action. Anyway ...
I've got 3 quotes for repair & repaint, ranging from $1,600 to $4,000. Body shops say that the tools of choice for the damage look like a ball-peen hammer applied liberally to the trunk lid and taillights, followed by a small-point Phillips screwdriver down the drivers side from rear to front, finishing up with a deep curlycue on the hood. Left rear quarter glass is gouged, too. Amazing they didn't pop the rear glass, almost wish they had, the defogger has several bad lines in it.
I intend to keep the car for quite a while, maybe decades, and start doing performance upgrades, so a high-quality refinishing job is definitely in order. Price is a secondary consideration, I would do the 4 grand job for the right results. (Cheap compared for 8,000-12,000 for a light aircraft.) I'll be keeping the same color, code SR dark forest green with the light gray interior. The trunk lid is beat up pretty badly, so much so that i've picked up a replacement lid from a 93 at the local wrecking yard rather than try to repair the 96 lid.
So, what should I be looking for in a class refinishing job? I'm thinking that all the cladding and bumper covers should come off and be done at the same time as the car. This is also to get the areas under the cladding redone, too. The high price place also proposes to remove ALL of the glass from the car to ensure no exposed paint seams after reassembly. This would be an opportunity to de-tint the back glass and repair the defogger. What other items/points of interest should I be on the lookout for?
"We are all ignorant, only on different subjects" - Author unknown
I'm ignorant on body and paint work. All comments cheerfully welcome, and thanks in advance.
Larry W7LES in Cheyenne