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Old 06-09-2013, 03:28 PM
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To close out this thread, I had the truck fixed last week. They hammered, bondo'd and repainted the whole hood. It didn't come out perfectly...there's a "high spot" where the dent used to be and if you walk around the front of the truck, you can find just the perfect spot to stand and see it...it bends the reflection of the sky in a funny way and is obvious if you look for it. You really have to look for it....I can't tell from driver's seat and am not sure how important it is....I traded in an '03 FX4 for this one and it had some scars after 10 years of use. It's just a truck!

To the guy's credit, they pointed it out and offered to re-do it if I wasn't happy. At this point, I think I'm happy enough. Here are a few after pictures...

Its hard to get it perfect, especially if you know where the dent was since your eyes will always drawn to that spot. I was just driving down the highway the other day and there was a mowing crew, seems they thought it would be a good idea to mow some large gravel as I was going by. Came out with a nice ding above the f150 emblem on the fender and scratched to bare metal to make it even better - 3000 miles

Not worth repainting the fender and the dent guys wont mess with it since its chipped to the metal so its touch up paint and a ding in a weird spot forever. Like you said its a truck and it will be the first of many, but the first one always hurts.
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Ruby red too huh? How'd they match it? Cool that they pointed it out for you, most won't do that.
They did a good job matching the paint and getting the clear coat on. You can't tell the hood has been repainted. He told me the branch bent some some of the frame underneath the hood and that makes it hard for them to get the hood really flat. I walked around it today while it was raining and it looks very good. Without the bright sun and reflection the "bump" is hard to find.

While I was picking up my truck I got to see some bits that were being painted for a promotional thing Kawasaki is doing for the new Lone Ranger movie. Their custom guy was painting the plastic bits off a Kawasaki ZX-6R and a bunch of helmets. I used to hang around guys that did airbrush work when I was younger so it was cool to talk shop a bit with a young guy. Talent like that has always amazed me. It would be fun to go totally nuts on a paint job.....
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Its hard to get it perfect, especially if you know where the dent was since your eyes will always drawn to that spot. I was just driving down the highway the other day and there was a mowing crew, seems they thought it would be a good idea to mow some large gravel as I was going by. Came out with a nice ding above the f150 emblem on the fender and scratched to bare metal to make it even better - 3000 miles

Not worth repainting the fender and the dent guys wont mess with it since its chipped to the metal so its touch up paint and a ding in a weird spot forever. Like you said its a truck and it will be the first of many, but the first one always hurts.
That's a bummer, man. I feel your pain!
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Originally Posted by jgohlke View Post

They did a good job matching the paint and getting the clear coat on. You can't tell the hood has been repainted. He told me the branch bent some some of the frame underneath the hood and that makes it hard for them to get the hood really flat. I walked around it today while it was raining and it looks very good. Without the bright sun and reflection the "bump" is hard to find.

While I was picking up my truck I got to see some bits that were being painted for a promotional thing Kawasaki is doing for the new Lone Ranger movie. Their custom guy was painting the plastic bits off a Kawasaki ZX-6R and a bunch of helmets. I used to hang around guys that did airbrush work when I was younger so it was cool to talk shop a bit with a young guy. Talent like that has always amazed me. It would be fun to go totally nuts on a paint job.....
That's awesome. Good to hear. Our PPG paint tech rep has been coming in complaining about that color being a PITA. I've only come across it once or twice, and had good luck...so far anyways.
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