I had a guy drive into my car recently damaged the front bumper/ plate/ splitters.
To cut a long story short I decided to treat the wings and get a cheaper job on the bumper with the cash the guy sent me.
I rang PMW in Chelmsford (a BMW indy) and the recommended a company called Chaseside bodyworks in Great Leighs which is 10 minutes from where I live. I was going to use a worshop I've used before but he's so slow in coming back with a price and I don't think he wants the work.
I went up there today and the guy showed me some mercedes that they have worked on for rust and said that as mine was only very light bubbling in 3 places on the passenger front arch, only just visible and in one almost invisible place on the drivers side it is treatable by sandblasting the affected areas and inside the arches, waxoiling, painting and applying a similar finish that's found on the rear arches, slightly dimpled finish.
He's going to refinish the area of the bumper that was scratched by the guy driving into mine and replasticise the bumper where it has small surface fractures where the tyre pressured it, paint and refit the plate housing, fit a new grill below the plate as mine has a greyed finish with age? cost £150
I have to buy the surround, the plate and two new roundels that he will fit for me.
He also said that if I want replacement wings he has fitted patent parts for an e46 owner who's wings were beyond repair and that the patent bits were a really good fit - which he was suprised about. He said it would cost £650 for new wings and fitting etc. £250 more than the sandblasting treatment which he says is what he recommends for my car.
I've booked the car in for sandblasting etc in two weeks time - if this is done properly to wings that aren't too bad and by people that do a lot of this kind of work is it a good alternate to wing replacement?
I'm just a bit hacked off that Lee has bought two good wings for £20 or something and is getting Johnny to fit them that said I only have to put £150 of my own cash towards this.