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Unfortunately my wife opened one of our car's doors and hit a pillar...ugh...I am still feeling sick to my stomach at hearing that thud. And there are no dents but at the extreme edge of the door sill there's a bit of paint missing. About half an inch's worth. Recommendations for getting it sorted?
 

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Most dealers have professional "tough-up" specialists whom they contact to do the kind of repair that you describe. If you have a good relationship with your dealer, you should contact them to see who they use. Ideally you should deal directly with the guy doing the repair to avoid the dealer markup.
 

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Most dealers have professional "tough-up" specialists whom they contact to do the kind of repair that you describe. If you have a good relationship with your dealer, you should contact them to see who they use. Ideally you should deal directly with the guy doing the repair to avoid the dealer markup.
Thanks I will look in to it as you suggested. Argh!!
 

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My clear bra guy placed a protective strips down the edge of the doors to help with this issue. Of course it may not hold up to slamming it into a concrete wall, but its great for accidental light contact with things that may otherwise scratch the paint off
 

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My clear bra guy placed a protective strips down the edge of the doors to help with this issue. Of course it may not hold up to slamming it into a concrete wall, but its great for accidental light contact with things that may otherwise scratch the paint off
Smart idea! I think that might have actually helped in my case. There are no dings or anything just the edge is a bit frazzled about half an inch where the paint is gone. :( I feel physical pain every time I replay the incident in my mind.
 

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Smart idea! I think that might have actually helped in my case. There are no dings or anything just the edge is a bit frazzled about half an inch where the paint is gone. :( I feel physical pain every time I replay the incident in my mind.
Yes, I noticed that the Xpel material on one of my door edges is a little roughed up after 4+ years now, so clearly there has been some intermittent contact at some point, but it hasn't rubbed through yet so it saved the paint. I plan on getting it redone at year 5 along with my rear quarter panel wrap since they take the biggest beating and start to get some crud under the edges over time.

Maybe consider getting your door edges done after being touched up and then you should be good to go with little if any noticeable damage. Just a warning though........you will see the edge of the protective film on the door when the car is dirty depending on what color your car is. Light colors like white, yellow etc can gather dirt which can create a black line down the edge of the film. It washes off easily, but just something to be aware of. I would rather it be dirty for the 24hrs or so I allow it to be vs. the paint being damaged permanently.
 

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Most dealers have professional "tough-up" specialists whom they contact to do the kind of repair that you describe. If you have a good relationship with your dealer, you should contact them to see who they use. Ideally you should deal directly with the guy doing the repair to avoid the dealer markup.
On a repair like that I'd actually prefer to go through the dealer becasue in the event the repair wasn't performed to your satisfaction, you've got the cover of the dealer who gives that guy a lot more business than you ever will. The last thing he wants to do is disappoint a Porsche dealer since those are the owners who repair small blemishes. Hopefully your dealer can show you some of his work, another benefit of using your dealer. I think your biggest concern is to make sure your dealer doesn't write up an invoice for the repair in case you'd prefer there be no record of the paint work. If it's done exceptionally well, that repair won't ever be able to be picked up by anyone. Hopefully even you.

One other plus to using the dealer is you'll have a loaner car while the repair is being done.

I know I'm not in the majority here, in all likelihood, but I prefer to go to the dealer for everything including wheel repairs, which is the most common job for people that are perfectionists about their cars. For me peace of mind is worth the markup.
 

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Great point about the dealership. I think that is what I am gonna do. Probably am gonna reach out to the dealer I take my car to on my next service and see what happens. Thanks guys!
 
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