I'm going to another shop today for an estimate. I think the first place I went 
was just lazy.

Dan

> On Oct 12, 2016, at 9:21 PM, Dwight Giles via Mercedes 
> <mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
> The body shop that restored my 82 300CD after the blizzard tree event, did
> single stage & it looks great. No clear coat  needed.
> 
> Dwight Giles Jr.
> 1982 300CD
> 1990 300D
> Wickford RI
> 
> On Oct 11, 2016 1:11 PM, "Dan Penoff via Mercedes" <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> I'm sure that's the case. A single stage requires a lot more finish work
>> to make it nice, which is also a function of doing a good job to begin with.
>> 
>> Dan
>> 
>>> On Oct 11, 2016, at 1:05 PM, Donald Snook via Mercedes <
>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Isn't it because single stage is so much harder to do because with a
>> base and clear, you don't have to do as good a job with the base.  The
>> clear does all the work.  I'm not suggesting this is a good thing, but
>> lower quality shops don't want to put the work into a single stage.
>>> 
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Kaleb C. Striplin [mailto:ka...@striplin.net]
>>> Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 7:12 AM
>>> To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>>> Subject: Re: [MBZ] Bonehead
>>> 
>>> I have not heard that but then again I don't deal with body shops too
>> often. I find it very hard to believe nobody does single stage anymore. You
>> probably need to look for another body shop.
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>> On Oct 11, 2016, at 5:41 AM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Heh.  Not quite a Kleb car yet.  Just means I’ll have to find something
>> nicer and hand this down to the youngest boy.
>>>> 
>>>> Truth be told, with the exception of the rubbing into the paint on the
>> edge of the taillight opening I’m betting I can Martha this right out of
>> the finish, which is what I’ll do.  The body shop I talked to yesterday
>> wants to do two stage paint for some weird reason - they were adamant that
>> no one does single stage paint any more, which I find strange and slightly
>> suspect.
>>>> 
>>>> Anyone here heard such stories?
>>>> 
>>>> Dan
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>>> On Oct 10, 2016, at 9:02 PM, Dwight Giles via Mercedes <
>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Give you $500 for it. Seriously glad you had,an honest hitter.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Dwight Giles Jr.
>>>>> 1982 300CD
>>>>> 1990 300D
>>>>> Wickford RI
>>>>> 
>>>>> On Oct 10, 2016 8:50 PM, "Max Dillon via Mercedes"
>>>>> <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>>> Ouch, that's no fun to deal with.  Poor car is ruined, guess you'll
>>>>>> have to sell now...
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> I call dibs!
>>>>>> --
>>>>>> Max Dillon
>>>>>> Charleston SC
>>>>>> '87 300TD
>>>>>> '95 E300
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> On October 10, 2016 7:04:53 PM EDT, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
>>>>>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>>>>>>> I park in a parking garage at my office.  The space I park in is
>>>>>>> one of two that are sandwiched between two block walls.  There is
>>>>>>> room for two vehicles to fit in the area without having to squeeze
>> out of the door.
>>>>>>> I normally park well to thIsn't it because single stage is so much
>> harder to do because with a base and clear, you don't have to do as good a
>> job with the base.  The clear does all the work.  I'm not suggesting this
>> is a good thing, but lower quality shops don't want to put the work into a
>> single stage.
>>> 
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Kaleb C. Striplin [mailto:ka...@striplin.net]
>>> Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 7:12 AM
>>> To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>>> Subject: Re: [MBZ] Bonehead
>>> 
>>> I have not heard that but then again I don't deal with body shops too
>> often. I find it very hard to believe nobody does single stage anymore. You
>> probably need to look for another body shop.
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>> On Oct 11, 2016, at 5:41 AM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Heh.  Not quite a Kleb car yet.  Just means I’ll have to find something
>> nicer and hand this down to the youngest boy.
>>>> 
>>>> Truth be told, with the exception of the rubbing into the paint on the
>> edge of the taillight opening I’m betting I can Martha this right out of
>> the finish, which is what I’ll do.  The body shop I talked to yesterday
>> wants to do two stage paint for some weird reason - they were adamant that
>> no one does single stage paint any more, which I find strange and slightly
>> suspect.
>>>> 
>>>> Anyone here heard such stories?
>>>> 
>>>> Dan
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>>> On Oct 10, 2016, at 9:02 PM, Dwight Giles via Mercedes <
>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Give you $500 for it. Seriously glad you had,an honest hitter.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Dwight Giles Jr.
>>>>> 1982 300CD
>>>>> 1990 300D
>>>>> Wickford RI
>>>>> 
>>>>> On Oct 10, 2016 8:50 PM, "Max Dillon via Mercedes"
>>>>> <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>>> Ouch, that's no fun to deal with.  Poor car is ruined, guess you'll
>>>>>> have to sell now...
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> I call dibs!
>>>>>> --
>>>>>> Max Dillon
>>>>>> Charleston SC
>>>>>> '87 300TD
>>>>>> '95 E300
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> On October 10, 2016 7:04:53 PM EDT, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
>>>>>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>>>>>>> I park in a parking garage at my office.  The space I park in is
>>>>>>> one of two that are sandwiched between two block walls.  There is
>>>>>>> room for two vehicles to fit in the area without having to squeeze
>> out of the door.
>>>>>>> I normally park well to the right against a wall so the person in
>>>>>>> the other space has plenty of room. This is usually another
>>>>>>> employee I work with, or if they’re late, some guy with a big red
>>>>>>> Dodge pickup truck, who swings wide because he won’t back up and
>>>>>>> straighten out to pull into the space.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> So today as I’m pulling out of my garage I hear a big “pop” sound
>>>>>>> and realize I forgot to clear a plastic container with a set of old
>>>>>>> H4 bulbs in it.  Realizing that the metal part of the bulb might
>>>>>>> have damaged my right front tire, when I pulled into my parking
>>>>>>> space this morning I moved towards the middle of the space, evenly
>>>>>>> spacing my car between the yellow lines, with a good 8”-12” on each
>>>>>>> side of the car between the car and the painted lines.  That way if
>>>>>>> I had to change a tire should it have been damaged and leaked down
>>>>>>> during the day I can get to that side of the car.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Wife had doctor’s appointment I was attending, so about 9:40 I go
>>>>>>> down to get in the car.  There’s a note stuffed in the gap between
>> my doors:
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> "Sorry, but I scrapped (sic) against your car this morning.  It
>>>>>>> doesn’t look bad, but please let me know what to do and I’ll work
>>>>>>> things out with you.” (phone number)
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Arrgh.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Left rear quarter is scuffed and left rear taillight is cracked.
>>>>>>> When I got it out in the sun I could see a dimple in the middle of
>>>>>>> the panel.  The trailing edge of the fender where the tail light
>>>>>>> opening starts has the paint rubbed down to the primer.  I took
>>>>>>> plenty of pictures of my car, its’ position and the big red truck,
>>>>>>> which was clearly swung way over into my space when it pulled in
>>>>>>> and had black paint on the bumper where it had rubbed against my car.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> So I called the guy and he was pretty contrite.  He said if it was
>>>>>>> below his deductible he would just give me the money, otherwise I
>>>>>>> could file a claim with his insurer.  I told him to put it in
>>>>>>> writing in an email, which he did, even admitting fault and
>>>>>>> including his insurance contact information and policy number.
>>>>>>> (Nice!)
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> So I went to the local ding and dent place, a chain called
>>>>>>> “Carsmetics”, for a quick estimate.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Around $475 for the paint work. LKQ has no left rear taillights for
>>>>>>> my car, so the only other choice they have is to go with new from
>> MBUSA.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> +$1100.00!!!
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> I had them write up an estimate with and without the tail light.
>>>>>>> I’m thinking if his deductible is $500 I’ll ask him for $550 and
>>>>>>> I’ll source the tail light assembly (easily found on eBay for
>>>>>>> $60-$80.)
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> But only after I give him the $1700.00 estimate.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Dan
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