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Well, I've owned my brand new 08 Titan for less then a month, and now it needs repair. For her first (and last) time driving the Titan, my wife put two nasty, deep scratches all the way down the passenger side doors this evening. All the way through the paint and primer, and gouging the metal. I would like to cry.

Anyone ever had their Titan's paint repaired or replaced? Think this is the kind of thing the dealership could fix in one day? Got any idea what it's going to run me?

While I am in my mid 30s, this is the first vehicle I ever bought that was brand new. Less then a month.:crying:
 

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Wow, I'm sure that was an interesting conversation when she returned with the truck. If you take it to a high quality auto body repair shop they should be able to have it repaired in two days maximum. As far as cost, it's hard to tell without seeing the damage.
 

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Unfortunately for you it's not as easy as painting over the scratches, you would need to have both doors painted top to bottom OR trust someone to try and blend them but it's a nightmare if it doesn't work, it would look like your paint has layers on it (not good) as for cost you will get a shock from a dealer, paint is expensive but what will hurt you the most is the labor for trim removal and prep.... painting is 80% prep, 10% painting/ waiting and 10% wet sanding and buffing :) roughly....

If your handy you could strip the doors your self and just have the dealer to the paint work, then put them back on the truck yourself, I've done this with bumpers and wings in the past because I don't have a garage Yet....

sorry it's not better news !!!

Good luck and let me know how you make out.

--Jay
 

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Wow.......I just cried with you, friend. I'm speechless.:crybaby:
 

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That sucks.........
 

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Fortunately I've cooled down enough to stop plotting where to hide the body. I'll be able to see the full extent of it in the daylight. I'm getting up pretty early tomorrow morning to be at the dealership the moment they open up.

Unfortunately, we leave for a 1700 mile round trip on Saturday for Christmas with the parents. I'm hoping that if I just open my checkbook wide enough, the dealership can get it taken care of in one day. By the same token, I'm hoping I won't have to open the checkbook wide enough to break it.

Classic wife response - "It's just a car. It can be fixed. I don't understand why you are so mad."
 

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Well, I've owned my brand new 08 Titan for less then a month, and now it needs repair. For her first (and last) time driving the Titan, my wife put two nasty, deep scratches all the way down the passenger side doors this evening. All the way through the paint and primer, and gouging the metal. I would like to cry.

Anyone ever had their Titan's paint repaired or replaced? Think this is the kind of thing the dealership could fix in one day? Got any idea what it's going to run me?

While I am in my mid 30s, this is the first vehicle I ever bought that was brand new. Less then a month.:crying:
You might try this v v v before you spend $$$ on that.

Mix touch up paint with clear epoxy = slather it on over the scratches...by using a wooden ice cream stick.

Make sure it has throughly dried, then...

Sand down the area touched up with #600 wet/dry sand paper..

When smooth, rub out the the paint....

VOILA!

You won't be able to tell where the scratches were.
 

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i feel your pain i had my 06 kc for 2 and a half months when i fell asleep on my way to work and hit an approach at 150kmh and then 3 weeks after i bought my 08 i hit a dear causing 12,000 damage and it took the body shop 6 weeks to fix it
 

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If she's still alive right now; then, you, sir are a good man. If not; well, like Chris Rock says, "I ain't sayin' (you) shoulda' done it....but I understand..."

I feel your pain, too. My first brand new ride, as well, 36 yrs old. '08 pro4x kc, 5 wks old. Yesterday my 4 yr old released the parking break on an ATV parked 15' or so uphill of my (painted) front bumper and grill.
I am pretending like it didn't happen and so far that's working for me. Ho ho ho.

btw, I cringed when I read "slather it over the scratches".... you know you've really screwed the pooch when slathering on your new truck with a stick and some sandpaper is the cure.
 

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btw, I cringed when I read "slather it over the scratches".... you know you've really screwed the pooch when slathering on your new truck with a stick and some sandpaper is the cure.
Slather...put a lot on so the goo (paint & epoxy) is higher than the paint line...then when its sanded down smooth and buffed out, the whole scheissery blends in.

I'm a stickler for detailing, and so wondered what would happen when the wife borrowed the (then) brand new truck to move an industrial sandblaster.

She managed not only to drive through the world's largest mud puddle, but found an errant sprinkler. When the truck came back, it was covered in hard water deposits and a clayey mud covered the lower half.

Scheiss...I had to have it washed. It was the only time the truck has ever been washed (March 2006) before or since. It wasn't washed by the dealer either, I got it the day it arrived (12/29/05).

Like I said, I'm a stickler for detailing. The truck is garaged, and never driven in the rain (it rarely rains here anyway). It has 10 coats of wax, and is clay barred once a month. It doesn't have too many miles either, it just turned 5,000 on the odo.


btw: She won't ever do that again, I installed a tonneau cover (Snug Top)...now if she needs to move anything...she'll have to use her Murano...or rent a U-hauler truck.


Edit: See pics in my gallery...it's the 2006 Red Brawn CC, not the 2005 Smoke CC...that was my 2nd Titan. I had a 2004 Blizzard KC first.
 

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Well, I have seen the truck in the daylight and it is good and bad news. The good news is that the damage is confined to the rear passenger door, and consists of two parallel gouges approximately 8" long. The bad news is that there appears to be an accompanying dent.

Took it to the dealership this morning and told the body shop guy my story. He asked if I needed him to hose any blood out of the bed. The gouges are so deep it's a wonder they didn't go through the door skin. On the good side, the repair cost isn't quite as bad as I thought it would be: $556.19 per the estimate. On the bad side, they are booked through New Years.

I suppose when I show my family my new truck over the holiday, I'll just have to lean against the passenger side while they look it over.
 

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I'd have to say, yes, it can be fixed... BUT, she'd better have some nice goodies for you under the tree on Christmas morning... and they'd better be wearing Victoria's Secret items or NOTHING! :lol:
 

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How much is your deductable on your insurance? If it's $250 o $100, then I would rather go through that and have them pay for it when it gets fixed at the dealership.

Thats what you pay insurance $ for.
 
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