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My brand new Garnet Red OBXT Ltd was keyed from stem to stern (literally from rear tailight lense to front lense!). :3: Gotta love living in Philadelphia.

Any suggestions as to where to take it to get best chance of near-factory paint job? Dealer? Reputable Body shop?

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Sorry to hear about that. I just don't understand what motivates some people. :( Anyway, no advice really, but look on the bright side. It wont be hard for them to blend it in! :D
 

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BUMMER! No advice per se. There have been a couple of threads on this very issue earlier on this site.
 

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time for some side stripes? i always thought a Mimbreno snake motif would be way cool down the side of an OB....:)

sorry to hear. it's not like this was a BMW, Hummer, or other hate-object car, ya wish the angry or bored element would just leave it alone and go find "better" stuff to key.
 

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Certainly, the whole "never own something you love" philosophy of life certainly pounds out some of life's bumps, but where's the fun in that?

(So I take it noone has strong opinions on where I should take it for repair . . ._
 

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Some advice once you pick a shop- having a great reputation doesn't mean that every employee is conscientious. My previous car was backed into. I took it to the "best shop in town" known for restoring high-end Euro cars. It got assigned to some punk fresh outta trade school. He was paid by the job (not by the hour) & wasn't good enough to work fast, so guess who got screwed?

My brother just had a 2nd deer-related repair done to his truck. He returned to the dealer's body shop that did great work on the 1st repair just a couple years ago. This time its a mess.

If you take the recommendation of a happy customer, try to find out the techie who did the work & request them specifically.
 

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Yes, like what MrEd said. Find some happy body shop customers and go that route. Unfortunately it may get extremely expensive to blend in all the body panels that were affected. I had my two-tone left front fender painted the 'right' way and it was over $700 for them to do it. It was a nice job, too.

But it's the pain of all the labor and prepwork and blending that will hit the pocketbook. I feel your pain. Why can't someone just destroy the stuff they own. Brian
 

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thanks for everyone's input on this. finally got it fixed ($1200!!) and it looks great. I went back and forth re: if I should even bother, but overall I am happy to have my baby restored!

Hopefully, if it gets keyed again the villain will have the courtesy to do the passenger side so I don't have to look at it each time I open the door!
 

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yeah -- these trivial cosmetic repairs turn out to be major undertakings: the part usually needs to be completely removed, then paint matched, blended, clearcoated, and reinstalled. It's a complete PIA if the job is to be done right. I was lucky that the bodyshop I selected was, by coincidence, a "preferred shop" for my insurance agency. This meant that the shop could basically do whatever it wanted to get the job done and I didn't have to worry about an adjuster denying the claim or tying the shop's hands.
 
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