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Old 06-29-2010, 12:45 AM   #1
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When I bought my 97 Bonneville after totally my 98 one, it had a big burn mark on the drivers side fender. The owner said there was a previous fire and he tried to fix it himself. I asked a body shop about it and they said about $500 to fix that and the dent that I myself put into it (see photos). I went to a car shop and they said I could do it myself and paint it myself but I need your advice on how to do it properly. I would like to take the whole fender off and try to at least bang out the dent and want to work with a circular sander that my uncle loaned me.

I reach out to my forum mates for advice please!!!


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Also, on the other side I have a scuff mark on the drivers door and fender that just won't come out! I have tried a whole bottle of Nu Finish and Turtle Wax Heavy Duty Compound to no avail. I also have several small scratches that are not deep enough to scrape your finger on, Any suggestions on getting rid of those? I do have a circular buffer that I just found in the rafters that I can use too!

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Can't tell from the picture but if the dent has no creases and can be removed, but you wont get a smooth finish. For that it will take some filler and the right sanding blocks. You will need long blocks to get a good smooth finish. A rotary sander will not give you this finish. Once it'* smooth it will need a filler primer, then paint, followed with clear coat. This all needs to be done with a good spray gun, not from a can. Followed up with wet sanding with 2000 or 2500. All in all, a lot of work.

If the scratch is not threw the clear coat you can clean it up for the most part. A DA polisher is your best choice. You may need to start with rubbing compound and then move up to polish.
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I agree with DANTHURS. It will be time consuming and tedious work, and unless you already have the right equipment, it will be more expensive than that $500 quote.

Unless you are absolutely sure you want to dive into that project, a good used or new replacement fender might be a better path to take.
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Another option, one that us non-body work guys like to take is looking around the local JY'* and car-part.com for the right colored fender at say...$40ish bucks. then it'* a few bolts $40 and you are all fixed up.

Some call it cheating, but our cars are plentiful around here.
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Well I certainly do not have the time nor patience to go through a huge project like that! Perhaps a trip out to the wreckers could be in order to see what they have in the line of fenders. The trouble would be getting a black one to match up with my Bonneville.

Hey BillBoost, maybe you got a black one for me??? I am in Canada and they are not too plentiful around here, although when I was making inquiries for my totalled Bonnie, fenders were out there, just not black ones! I guess I will be taking the sand paper, primer and paint back to the store to get a refund on it and use that money for the new fender!
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I have one. Comes with the other side and rest of car soon to be up for sale. It'* even circa 1997 paint.

I'll look in the yard the next time I'm there.
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I have one. Comes with the other side and rest of car soon to be up for sale. It'* even circa 1997 paint.

I'll look in the yard the next time I'm there.
Keep in mind that I am in Canada and if you are in the States, there are are shipping, taxes, duty and brokerage to pay on it!

I just stopped by one wrecker and he had nothing in stock. Have to try the other one later but I got more pressing issues to deal with then the car but let me know!
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When it comes to body work the tools really add up. Hand sanding blocks will cost you between $50 and $100, sand paper will cost you another $75+, it comes in big rolls. Spray guns, well, you don't want a cheep one, so your looking at $150+. Want to make your life easy, get air sanders for the big stuff. It took me a while to build up all the tools.
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Well I just returned the primer and the sandpaper to where I got it from. Could not return the paint as it was custom mixed for my car. It is a spray bomb but could come in handy for some small touch up jobs in the future. The way I drive, might as well leave it or I will be spending all my time repairing scratches, dents and dings anyhow!

Going out to wash and wax it at least. I got some rubbing compund and have a buffer to try and get the scuff marks out, will let you all know how it turns out!
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Be careful with the buffer so you don't over heat the paint. You burn it and you have a whole new set of problems.
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