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Front clam respray - Recommendations please

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A belated Happy New Year to everyone I know on MLOC - and also to those I don't....

As some of you will know I have a Mustard Yellow metallic Elise S1, which I bought in September last year.   I've been working my way around it and will soon be at the point where it goes off for paint.   It's only the front clam - the second owner had a very minor scrape in his works car park, and it had some localised paint blown in over the front wheel arch many years ago.   Problem is, the paint match is not great - so it ideally needs the whole clam doing and probably just blending into the doors.

So far I've taken it to Frank at Option 1, who is of course one of the very best in the business apparently, and he's quoted me £950 + VAT for the above, with the blending into the doors.   The advantage of going to Frank is that (a) I know I'll get a great job done, and (b) he can get the screen replaced at the same time (insurance job) as it has very large chips on the passenger side.

I may well end up going down that route, but given that the car is a high miler and I'm still having thoughts about getting it on track, I'd like to try and keep my costs down with the paint.   Does anyone know any other places within say 150 miles of Leicester/Coventry that have extensive experience working with fibreglass, and have done plenty of Elises before?    

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I had my clam repaired and painted at Arlington Brooke Middlewich. Just off the m6. He did a great repair. Ask for Roy. 01606 834833

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I’ve said it before Dave, any sprayer worth his salt with previous fibreglass repair experience can do it. It’s just finding one these days that can be bothered to do the job properly. Front clam and blend doors I reckon would be around £600+. After going through what I went through with Edmonds it would have been worth paying the extra going to Option 1. I’ve since found a chap in Chesterfield who is very good but not worth the hassle for you to bring it that far. Take it to option 1 and get the screen sorted, then you’re all sorted with zero stress. I ended up going to small claims!

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Cheers both - appreciated..

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Despite the above, I would have suggested speaking to Edmonds. They have extensive experience with fibreglass, Lotus work and restoration. They're at Caldwell, nr. Swadlincote. Alternatively MRH Autos in Lichfield have Lotus experience from repairs to full restoration. Number is 01543 252296.

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Gav at Unit 4 for repairs and he has a tame local for the final prep / spraywork.

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Don't all Unit 4 bodywork jobs go elsewhere for all work, nor just final prep & spraying - he used to send to Edmonds but I believe this may have changed?

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6 hours ago, timbo said:

Don't all Unit 4 bodywork jobs go elsewhere for all work, nor just final prep & spraying - he used to send to Edmonds but I believe this may have changed?

He doesn't recommend anyone now after a couple of bad experiences, mine included unfortunately.

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7 hours ago, The Cakes said:

He doesn't recommend anyone now after a couple of bad experiences, mine included unfortunately.

How did you get on with that eventually? As I recall there was some thought about a claim against the body shop?

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50 minutes ago, timbo said:

How did you get on with that eventually? As I recall there was some thought about a claim against the body shop?

Decided in my favour and never even got to court. 

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Dave, 

Why not enjoy a few good track days 1st then worry about the front clam? 

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It’s another garage queen 😉 

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