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Old March 26th, 2010, 12:32 AM   #1
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How much does it cost to fix a cracked hood?

I have several cracks on my hood and I want to get them repaired before they get worse. What can i expect to pay to get them fixed and repainted by a professional body shop?

I don't see a good way to "blend" in the paint on the hood since they are in different areas. I think the only way to fix it right would be to paint the entire hood? Someone has already tried to "blend" in some scratch marks and it looks like crap. Here are my major areas of concern.

http://i41.tinypic.com/j8jgw9.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/jg07x1.jpg

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What do you think it would cost to get this repaired and repainted? Thanks

And here is a picture of where someone already tried to "touch up" the paint by blending it in.

http://i43.tinypic.com/nfpo53.jpg
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Old March 26th, 2010, 12:47 AM   #2
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To repair and refinish the entire hood you are looking at 6-8 hours for the strip and repair then about $700 ish to paint.

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I have several cracks on my hood and I want to get them repaired before they get worse. What can i expect to pay to get them fixed and repainted by a professional body shop?

I don't see a good way to "blend" in the paint on the hood since they are in different areas. I think the only way to fix it right would be to paint the entire hood? Someone has already tried to "blend" in some scratch marks and it looks like crap. Here are my major areas of concern.

http://i41.tinypic.com/j8jgw9.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/jg07x1.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/2vhwruw.jpg

What do you think it would cost to get this repaired and repainted? Thanks

And here is a picture of where someone already tried to "touch up" the paint by blending it in.

http://i43.tinypic.com/nfpo53.jpg
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Old March 26th, 2010, 01:07 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! There are actually a few more spots that will take a little more time to fix. There is another crack on the drivers side, and then by the hood latch at the bottom, the paint is a little wavy. I bet it would take a body shop about 2 days to fix and strip the paint?

$700 for paint sounds cheap since red is the most expensive color?
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Old March 26th, 2010, 08:57 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply! There are actually a few more spots that will take a little more time to fix. There is another crack on the drivers side, and then by the hood latch at the bottom, the paint is a little wavy. I bet it would take a body shop about 2 days to fix and strip the paint?

$700 for paint sounds cheap since red is the most expensive color?
I would say a little more than that. Some of those cracks are really deep. You cannot stop that from happening again if you don't dig them alll the way out. Had that problem on my hood. It's alot of work, ask the wifey. Plus, you can't use plain old fiberglass to fix it. You need to use a SMC type of filler that is more expensive. If you don't, the regular fiberglass shrinks and expands at a different rate than the SMC. Learned that the hard way...................................
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I would say a little more than that. Some of those cracks are really deep. You cannot stop that from happening again if you don't dig them alll the way out. Had that problem on my hood. It's alot of work, ask the wifey. Plus, you can't use plain old fiberglass to fix it. You need to use a SMC type of filler that is more expensive. If you don't, the regular fiberglass shrinks and expands at a different rate than the SMC. Learned that the hard way...................................
it also wont adhere... becareful as the year matters, some hoods (early gen 1's) are RTM not SMC, and I would bet the materials are not compatable. the last Gen 1 hood I fixed that had two large cracks I did for $500, grinding out the cracks, drilling the ends so they dont spread, using mat to reinforce, fill, paint then sand and buff. I didnt strip the entire hood as that is not necessary. The customer bought the hood emblems and I put them on. Maybe I need to charge more
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Thanks for the replies! I was told it would cost around $300-$500 total to do the job, but that sounded way to low, so thanks for everyone's imput!

There are a few small scratches and chips on the hood, and most shops would just repaint the whole thing instead of spotting it. These are deeps cracks and I want this fixed right the first time! This will be paid for out of pocket so I want to make sure I don't get more than I expected when I get the bill!

If anyone else has had a shop repair there hood, please speak up! Thanks!

Here is another crack on the hood.

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2000 is SMC, grind them out in a V pattern, then drill the ends use evercoat SMC repair filler, I use a skim coat with a little mat, then a top coat, feather sand and prime. The gen2 hoods usually dont crack, it may have been because it was not closed properly. The gen 1 hoods are the ones that had a problem cracking.
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Hi...the post got a lot of good comments, SNKBIT and dansauto are both right on. Without personally inspecting the damage, I'd venture to say $1000-1200 would be a good starting point.

However, don't look for ANY repair shop to guarantee the work on an SMC hood. Also, no matter what brand of paint they use...it will have to color-blended to adjacent panels for an accurate match. I haven't seen one match yet right out of the can!!

$500 won't even pay to repair the cracks...much less refinish it to pre-loss condition!!

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it also wont adhere... becareful as the year matters, some hoods (early gen 1's) are RTM not SMC, and I would bet the materials are not compatable. the last Gen 1 hood I fixed that had two large cracks I did for $500, grinding out the cracks, drilling the ends so they dont spread, using mat to reinforce, fill, paint then sand and buff. I didnt strip the entire hood as that is not necessary. The customer bought the hood emblems and I put them on. Maybe I need to charge more
Hi, does anyone know what type of filler i would use on a 94 rt10? Also any sugestions on what type of glue is should use to glue a new understructure to the hood?

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i had a good size gouge in my hood (center of the hood) from something that hit me on the highway. to fix it and paint the hood was 1700. silver is a bitch to pint im told and maybe thats why it was slightly high ?
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here's pics of my damage, It is costing me a total of $5000 but that's including repairing and painting the bumper cover, sport cap and hardtop, the actual cost of the hood repair and paint is $3000 but will be done the right way and with warranty. Like others mentioned the SMS uses different method than fiber glass and requires more work, in my case a piece of previously and poorly repaired area has to be completely cut out and re-fabricated along with removing the wheel vents and naca duct, mine definitely needs more work than yours but I'd guess that yours should be a total of $1500-$2000...by the way it's hard to see in the pics but on my fender is where the original repair was made and in person it's ugly as hell, you can see it bubbling just like surface rust on metal cars, this is what happens when its filled with fiber glass and finished with bondo
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