Recently, I received my truck back from the body shop, after they fixed
the back fender. Initially we were quite happy with the work - panel
looks good as new from arm's length. I have no quarrels with the
quality of bodywork, or the paint matching. In most light, it is
impossible to tell where the new paint is. The shop personnel have been
patient and helpful with my questions/concerns so far.
From closer up though, I found some imperfections. I'm not sure if I'm
being nitpicky or not, thus this post.
My truck is dark green/silver two tone. The first thing I noticed was
that there's some green on the silver near the repair - they've already
agreed to fix that. It's faint, but noticeable.
Also, the rear backup light no longer works, despite a brand new light
assembly. The old one did work, after the accident. They've agreed to
have a look at this too.
Later, I've noticed the following:
1. There's an area of paint toward the front of the panel - probably
where some blending was done - that looks like someone wiped a sponge
over it and it dried, leaving a water stain that dulls the paint.
However, this won't come off, and is still noticeable after I tried
2. On the next panel over, there's a roughness to the paint that won't
wash or wax out. Since it's up by the window, I have no idea what it
is, 'cept it wasn't there last time I waxed. It's unlikely to be
environmental though, as it's behind my bed box.
3. Looks like they created some little chip marks to the corner of the
neighboring panel, which they touched up. But those chips weren't there
before, and are now quite noticeable despite the touch up.
Now all of these are small, but to me they add up to a less-than-perfect
quality control. But what I need to know is - is this normal, and
should I let it slide, or am I justified in pointing them out and asking
to have them fixed? What sort of quality level is expected for some
relatively minor body work?
Thanks for any help.