Hi there. A delight to be posting here. I’ve been a lurker for a while, but admittedly have been so used to driving beaters that I’ve never had to actually care what my car looked like.
I’ve got a 2011 Honda Fit that was involved in a minor scrape with a parking garage stanchion. I ended up denting the rear panel above the wheel, and putting some mighty scrapes in three panels. Insurance will cover it, but I have a question about how far you need to go to match the paint to the parts of the car that aren’t damaged. I get all the stuff about the structural repairs that have to happen, and needing to remove the rear door to repaint it correctly. However the shop also wants to remove the front door (which has no damage), so they can feather the new paint into the existing paint job.
Does this sound necessary? This is the dealer’s shop, so they’ll be using the “official” paint which should be a darned close match. I do keep the car outside but shouldn’t today’s space age polymer coatings diminish any fade? I feel like if I leave the front undamaged door alone there won’t be much (if any) visual difference. Am I nuts?
Thanks for any help. This has always been a great community, and I look forward to chatting with some of you. Again… Thanks!