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    1. 12-28-2015 04:46 PM #1
      Black 1992 Cabriolet

      Got bumped into, and have a little dent/scratch on my passenger door. I've spoken to a couple of body shops that have all told me that repainting the entire door is required to fix the damage, and that the new paint will not completely match the 23 year old paint, even if I polish the car after. Can't really afford the quoted $4-5000 to repaint the entire car...any ideas? Is this gonna look totally horrible? Car is otherwise mint and the dent/scratch is very minor, but I want to fix it so I can get collectors insurance in 2017, and i'm a perfectionist.

      I'm in Vancouver Canada, if anyone knows an especially good shop here for matching paint of old cars?

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      12-28-2015 05:46 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by courtney86 View Post
      Black 1992 Cabriolet

      Got bumped into, and have a little dent/scratch on my passenger door. I've spoken to a couple of body shops that have all told me that repainting the entire door is required to fix the damage, and that the new paint will not completely match the 23 year old paint, even if I polish the car after. Can't really afford the quoted $4-5000 to repaint the entire car...any ideas? Is this gonna look totally horrible? Car is otherwise mint and the dent/scratch is very minor, but I want to fix it so I can get collectors insurance in 2017, and i'm a perfectionist.

      I'm in Vancouver Canada, if anyone knows an especially good shop here for matching paint of old cars?
      Painting the whole door is one way. And you can get really close.
      I just when through this last summer with a 1978 Super Beetle, that was re-painted a little off from mars red.

      Your side Mirrors (flag) on a 90 cabby are painted to match the door.
      Remove the mirror and take it to a Automotive Paint Store. They can use the computer like HOME DEPOT to get the paint close, then they can usually add to get really really close. You can then buy it single stage, or two stage, VW OEM is a 2 Stage Paint. If it is a really really good Automotive Paint store they can put it in a Rattle Can for you. bee about 80 bucks for 3 cans of color and 1 of clear.

      Here is my Blue Cabby that I replaced, with a white door. It took 3 rattle cans and a can of clear. I didn't have a local shop to match paint, so I went to automotive touchup paint out of Louisiana, with the oem color number, and it is really close.

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      12-28-2015 09:16 PM #3
      I get my paint matched by a local auto supply store. I give them the paint code and they put it in a rattle can of around $20 cnd.

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      12-28-2015 09:27 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by courtney86 View Post
      I've spoken to a couple of body shops that have all told me that repainting the entire door is required to fix the damage
      True, if you want it fixed correctly. Otherwise, it'll merely be a "patch job".

      Quote Originally Posted by courtney86 View Post
      and that the new paint will not completely match the 23 year old paint, even if I polish the car after.
      ...
      Is this gonna look totally horrible?
      Unless the paint is highly oxidized, not quite true. Black is one of the easiest paint colors to blend on the car; white, yellow, silver/gray, and metallics, on the other hand can be quite a different story.

      I'd get the door repaired/painted and call it good. So long as the rest of the car's paint is nice and shiny, it shouldn't look bad.

      Quote Originally Posted by briano1234 View Post
      Your side Mirrors (flag) on a 90 cabby are painted to match the door.
      This is a Canadian Cabriolet; not all '92 Canadian models have painted mirror housings.
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