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Just got my car back from VW body shop after someone drove into the back of me. In the boot, under the cover, the paint is smooth at the front part and very bumpy/textured at the back by the lights etc. Can anyone check their boot base for me and tell me if this is how they are when they made or whether my car has bumpy paint as a result of the repair? Sorry, not very well explained but hopefully someone might understand! Thank you!
 

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I took these pics for you 13REGUPOWNER so maybe they will help? Basically the panels are smooth until this messy sealant is spread all over the joins. It's as rough as a badger's arse but that's the way it's done!














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Thank you for your responses. I've now taken some photos showing smooth paint, bumpy paint and the change from one to the other. I don't think it looks like yours Robbyrook? The bumpy paint goes across the entire width of the car.
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Hi 13REGUPOWNER! No, I don't have any of that 'bumpy' paint at all. However, I'm sure that it's just because the body shop can't exactly replicate when the car was built with a repair because (welded) parts have to be removed and new parts have to be welded on again, if indeed your body work wasn't just beaten out again.

Luckily you took your car to a VW Body shop and although the wording is a little ambiguous, this is what it states on http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/owners/servicing/body-repair

"At some point, most of us will
experience the trauma of a motoring accident. It might not be our fault,
but that doesn't help lessen the pain. If you thought your car would
never be the same again, you needn't worry.



Choose an authorised Volkswagen retailer and you can rest assured
that the repair will be carried out using only genuine parts, and our
trained repair specialists will ensure your car is restored to the
highest standard. Using genuine body panels will ensure that the
manufacturer's body protection warranty stays intact."

Your 'bumpy' paint looks very like what might be sprayed on to your lower door sills?


I just came across this older photo without the spare wheel sitting in its well. The paint is all completely smooth apart from where the sealant is on the panel joints.



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Thanks again Robbyrook. That picture definitely shows a smooth finish. Do you think that if the paint had a smooth finish before the accident that it is reasonable to expect the same finish after the repair? My concern is that I come to sell it in the future and an expert looks in the boot and knows it has been involved in an accident.
 

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Paint sealer is applied at the factory by robots and the repairs will have been done by hand so they will never be the same.
 

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13REGUPOWNER said:
Thanks again Robbyrook. That picture definitely shows a smooth finish. Do you think that if the paint had a smooth finish before the accident that it is reasonable to expect the same finish after the repair? My concern is that I come to sell it in the future and an expert looks in the boot and knows it has been involved in an accident.
Yes, one has to ask why your car has 'bumpy' paint and possibly this could be to cover what might be a less than perfect finish underneath. How severe was the accident and apart from (presumably) a complete new rear bumper panel, what other damage was there? Were any metal panels replaced or were they just beaten straight again? Perhaps the 'bumpy' paint is what every VW body repair shop uses in all sutuations like this? Hopefully a (VW) bodywork expert will be able to explain the whys and wherefores for you, in this thread.
 

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A young driver hit me at some speed whilst I was stationary. The bumper is new but I was told that they would just pull out the chassis which is what has now been covered with the suspect paint!The cost was £2,700. Can anyone offer any advice?
 

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It's textured spray sealer,an entirely correct medium to use on an authorised repair. It's not possible to replicate factory applied sealer as it is applied with a robot.
 

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We should think ourselves lucky.

I work at the Nissan factory and can tell you that wheel wells dont get painted at all. They only bet the primer off the dip.

The sealer is a creamy colour applied on top of the joints and left to harden. :(

Could be a reason we have 2 VWs at present and have had 5 previously !!
 
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