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      08-18-2006, 09:15 AM   #1
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Paint @ Bodyshop or Dealer? Tampa, FL suggestions?

I'm getting ahead of myself a little since I don't have my car yet, but I am thinking of possibly getting the "eyelids" that go over the headlights later.

My color is Arctic (code A34) so I wonder how easy it'll be for a bodyshop to match compared to the typical colors of black/silver/white.

Seeing as how the eyelids are pretty small pieces, I got a few questions:

1. Would it be worth it to get them painted at a bodyshop, or the dealer? Or will the dealer be a rip-off regardless how small the job is?

2. Anyone have suggestions for a good paint / body shop in the Tampa, FL area?

3. How much do you think this small paint job would cost me?

Thanks all!
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I'm getting ahead of myself a little since I don't have my car yet, but I am thinking of possibly getting the "eyelids" that go over the headlights later.

My color is Arctic (code A34) so I wonder how easy it'll be for a bodyshop to match compared to the typical colors of black/silver/white.

Seeing as how the eyelids are pretty small pieces, I got a few questions:

1. Would it be worth it to get them painted at a bodyshop, or the dealer? Or will the dealer be a rip-off regardless how small the job is?

2. Anyone have suggestions for a good paint / body shop in the Tampa, FL area?

3. How much do you think this small paint job would cost me?

Thanks all!
1. Would it be worth it to get them painted at a bodyshop, or the dealer? Or will the dealer be a rip-off regardless how small the job is?

The dealer doesn't do any painting. Only a bodyshop can. A dealer can only sell you the part and then recommend a body shop to you where you can get it painted.

2. Anyone have suggestions for a good paint / body shop in the Tampa, FL area?

Ferman Collison Center in Tarpon Springs does some really good work.

3. How much do you think this small paint job would cost me?

Ferman Collison Center also has really good prices. For just painting the eyelid pieces they'd proably charge you about $60 to $75.
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Thanks! Yea Ferman Col. Ctr. seems to be good; they painted my bumper when someone rear-ended me and they got one right off of N. Florida near Reeves

I guess my other option would be to buy them painted... seems some sellers on ebay will paint it to any color and the whole thing shipped would run no more than $100 so that sounds good... unless they do a crappy job :P
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