Will paint (base coat, clear coat) gain more texture on a textured bumper cover as it cures?
Here’s my story…
So I’ve been through a lot of with some recent body work on my 2010 Toyota Tacoma. I had work done by an initial body shop which I had to bring back for further repair 4 times. I had gotten to the point where I believed to have given them enough chances to fix my truck right. They had repeatedly returned my truck back to me with support brackets missing on the bumper, mistakenly painted a fender flare and lost the textured finish, forgot to aim the headlights (so off they were pointing in the median of the interstate), didn’t have the grill secured in place, missed flaking paint on the fender and had to paint whole fender. And used so much heat from a heat gun to fix a couple defects in the bumper cover that they actually warped the plastic filler panel under the headlight and the paint on the bumper cover began to flake off afterwards. And it all started with them turning what was supposed to be a 2 day job into a 5 day job which racked up a big rental car bill.
I will give that shop credit for trying to satisfy me as a customer however with all the issues I had gone through my insurance said I could take it to another shop if I so desired. At this point I needed the paint flaking off the bumper fixed and I was going to see if the plastic filler panel could be replaced too. I had gotten some good opinions/reviews for another body shop near me and had actually spoke with them a few times getting a second opinion. So I took it into them.
I got my truck back and the plastic filler panel is replaced, looks fine. However the bumper cover is not what I was expecting. The paint finish doesn’t match the rest of the plastic pieces and there’s a bit of warping. I had repeatedly spoke with the second shop making sure they could match the factory finish and expressing that I would like to make sure the bumper cover is free of defects (warping particularly). I actually went to the local Toyota dealer and looked at a bumper cover in person to insure it was free of defects and told the shop that the dealer had a good bumper cover on hand for them. One of the managers at the shop is saying that as the paint cures the paint will “sink into” or “tighten up” into the bumper covers texture. Has anyone else head of paint doing this as it cures?
Please, I need opinions.