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View Poll Results: Pre-Painted on Not?
Order Pre-painted from Cervini 5 71.43%
Paint to match locally 2 28.57%
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To Pre-paint or Not To Pre-paint...

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Old 08-04-2013, 09:27 AM   #1
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What I'm really asking if I should order my hood pre-painted or get it painted locally? It's a Cervini 1187 hood and while I read that their product is top notch I'm a little worried about the paint not matching. My car is now just over 7 years old and has seen some sun in her day. With that in mind I was going to order it pre-painted for ease of installation and also because when I pay it off in 2014 I'm going to get the whole thing repainted and it probably won't be HP any more. Since I'm going to get it painted again in another year or so anyway I figured it wouldn't be that big of a deal.

I just moved to the Tampa area, so I don't know of any good body shops anyway and planned to take my time researching. I'm ordering the hood and the C-Series Front bumper kit later this month and hope to have my mind made up then. If anyone knows of a shop around here with good pricing and honest folks that would be able to paint/install the hood for $315 or less let me know (I'd be willing to pay a little more to get the hood lock holes drilled out). The added cost of Cervini painting the hood is $350, but after discount it comes out to be $315. Any opinions are appreciated, thanks!
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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I'd let them do it. They probably have more experience with prepping and painting fiberglass than many local places.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:17 PM   #3
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It's a crap shoot. Older paint will usually require matching but if a shop doesn't know how to prep fiberglass you'll get a botched paint job for sure.

Being that you have a flat color vs metallic and it's white vs red or blue you should be fairly well off if you go prepainted.
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Thanks guys. At the same time I buy the hood I'm buying the C-Series front end kit. I'll have to have the bumper prepped and panted anyway. I know u guys are going to hate me for saying this but I originally planned to take the bumpers to Maaco and get them painted so I could fit them. I plan on getting the whole car repainted next year or early 2015, so I didn't want to pay for the same thing twice....is that still a good idea? I think that you guys sold me on the pre-painted hood though.
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Maaco should be able to do a decent job on bumpers that require little prep.
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I figured the job they do should be able to last me until I get the entire car repainted...thanks for the added vote of confidence!
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Cervini is the best fiberglass quality just about...
Those hood very rarely require prepping and if they do, there is plenty of gel coat to allow sanding without going through.
I'd get it unpainted now that your car has been exposed to fading already because it won't match, unless your car was black but it's no the case so...
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I personally paint so the answer is easy for me. If you don't know how to paint learn or at a minimum shop around see if you can find it cheaper locally. However, from what i have seen the prices pre-painted seem pretty fair
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i just ordered a hood from cervinis. for my sonic blue gt.. i got it pre-painted and the paint was really good....
fitting was another story.. they say its going to fit right away.. and in my case..it was a pain in the *** to align and install to get it to shut and lock.. just be aware it might take alot of adjusting.. .. but the paint was very good..
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Make sure before UPS unloads your hood to check it for stress cracks and also check both points at the back of the hood to make sure there not broken off. Had that happen to me were the one of the tips were broken off, but since I was having my car repainted I just had the body shop fix it. I got mine un-painted, so the shop would be responsible if it didn't match with the rest of the car.
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Man didn't see this is a 4 month old thread, I wonder if the OP got his hood yet? If so let's see some pic.
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Sorry I never updated the thread. I ended up getting it preprinted along with a preprinted front bumper. The paint was good and it matched and all, but the fitment, missing parts and sub par customer service left a lot to be desired. All I can say is if u order from them I hope they get your order right the first time...or second time...or third time for that matter.

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Nice, it looks great are you planning on adding side skirts and rear to your stang, or just the front bumper just asking cause to me it looks off without the whole kit. But that hood looks great with that front bumper thanks for the updated pics and congrats.
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Yeah, I'm planning on adding side skirts spring/summer this coming year. I had my heart set on the Cervini's side exhaust, but since I'm lowered already that might not be in the cards. At any rate it's between that and the Stalker side skirts that Cervinis makes.

I have a gt500 rear that's been sitting in my garage unpainted for at least a year. I plan on putting that on when the sides go on, but it may go on sooner since my gen 5 tails will be delivered from AM in mid-February.
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Yeah the stalker sides look good, I thought about going with the whole stalker kit on mine but went with the California/GT look. I might go with the stalker wing one day, when you get yours completed be sure to post some pic. I'd like to see how it comes out.
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....I got mine un-painted, so the shop would be responsible if it didn't match with the rest of the car.
How is the shop responsible for your paint fading out genius?
I love it when guys like you show up at my shop, lol.

When I paint a body panel for a customer, I always blend on the adjacent panels (very few exceptions) so we have a perfect match. Of course blending cost more money since there is more labor and materials involved.
I ain't paying the blending time out of pocket.
I'm not the Salvation Army, I'm in business to make a living yo!

If a customer doesn't want me to blend then he'll sign a waver and live with the missmatch, if not, out the door he goes.
Not the first and last time I turn jobs down anyway...
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How is the shop responsible for your paint fading out genius?
I love it when guys like you show up at my shop, lol.

When I paint a body panel for a customer, I always blend on the adjacent panels (very few exceptions) so we have a perfect match. Of course blending cost more money since there is more labor and materials involved.
I ain't paying the blending time out of pocket.
I'm not the Salvation Army, I'm in business to make a living yo!

If a customer doesn't want me to blend then he'll sign a waver and live with the missmatch, if not, out the door he goes.
Not the first and last time I turn jobs down anyway...
Well first of all your just one shop of probably thousands of shops in the whole USA and 2nd I didn't say they were blending into my paint mister I know ever thing. I had my whole car stripped of its paint to the bare metal and repainted. And the reason they are responsible is the lifetime warranty of there work as long as I own the car or as long as there shop is in Business. I guess you must not stand by the work you do to give such warranties.
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Well first of all your just one shop of probably thousands of shops in the whole USA and 2nd I didn't say they were blending into my paint mister I know ever thing. I had my whole car stripped of its paint to the bare metal and repainted. And the reason they are responsible is the lifetime warranty of there work as long as I own the car or as long as there shop is in Business. I guess you must not stand by the work you do to give such warranties.
Are we talking about your car now? I thought we were talking about the OP's car and his hood...
You post implied that it was the shop responsibility if his hood wouldn't match the rest of the car and I countered that it was impossible without blending due to fading (in this case, the fenders) and thus costing more for THE customer.
Has the OP's whole car been stripped and repainted like yours? Don't think so...
Besides, when you repaint a whole car, there are no worries about matching panels now are there?

As far as my work warranty, I don't go suicidal with this lifetime BS.
I warranty the paint for 5 years max (3 years on basic collision jobs).
Why? Because due to the EPA morons, any brand of paint sold in the US and sprayed on cars made in the US, is junk nowadays.
Regulations constantly lower the contain of VOC and so on...
This translate to any vehicle parked outside in hot sunny States (like mine) every day, will have clear coat fading no later than 3 years. Doesn't matter if it's a Kia or a BMW.
So....... Your shop with its lifetime BS warranty banks on the fact that people like you will keep their car in garages, being pampered etc... and by the time the paint finally fade, and it will, the car will have a different owner so they can say "sorry, not responsible".
It's a number's game and a good sale argument too.
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(since I was having my car repainted I just had the body shop fix it. I got mine un-painted.)That's what I posted about my car didn't say anything about the OP getting his hood painted to hold the shop responsible for not color matching. So you shouldn't call someone a genius in a sarcastic way as to calling them stupid, if you yourself didn't understand ones post.
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It's the context it was posted in:
"I had mine unpainted so the shop would be responsible if it didn't match the rest of the car"

So from this comment one's supposed to know that your whole car was being repainted?
Mmmmmkay...
Hence the sarcasm.
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