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Hi all,

I own an IS300h F sport in ultrasonic blue (USB) which was accidently scratched by a tradesman coming out of my house. The scratch is deep and catches my fingernail, so will sadly need paint. 

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Would anyone be able to confirm please whether this paint is a multi stage paint? 

I used to own a mesa/matador red is250 and noticed that stone chips revealed a lighter shade of red under the darker top layer. However I haven't seen the same with USB. 

If anyone has had success with bodyshop repairs on USB paintwork it would be great to hear. If only for my own peace of mind. 

Many thanks 

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14 hours ago, Lex_1988 said:

accidently scratched by a tradesman coming out of my house

Ouch!  If the tradesman is paying (I hope so) then I'd take it into the main dealer for a quote.  Can't say that I've noticed the 2 stage paint on the chips on my Mesa Red 300h and I've had a close look.

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It doesn't look like it is down passed the clear coat so it would polish out but you would have to reduce the clear coat thickness quite a bit in that area so a smart repair that fills it would be best - or a panel respray.

Luckily USB isn't a sonic 5 layer paint so can be matched - my dealer managed to put a reasonable sized chip in the drivers door on my old IS300h F Sport USB when it was in for an MOT, and the repair they had done was invisible.

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17 hours ago, Lex_1988 said:

Hi all,

I own an IS300h F sport in ultrasonic blue (USB) which was accidently scratched by a tradesman coming out of my house. The scratch is deep and catches my fingernail, so will sadly need paint. 

20210403_142622_HDR.thumb.jpg.2562eba3edd0c0f4d8dc9c9f4f09c7b7.jpg

Would anyone be able to confirm please whether this paint is a multi stage paint? 

I used to own a mesa/matador red is250 and noticed that stone chips revealed a lighter shade of red under the darker top layer. However I haven't seen the same with USB. 

If anyone has had success with bodyshop repairs on USB paintwork it would be great to hear. If only for my own peace of mind. 

Many thanks 

What a shame. Hope you find a solution. I’d possibly have a go at this with a very very fine brush. Brush in along the length of the scratch to bring the paint up to slightly proud of the scratch. Then rub down with very very fine wet and dry. Then t-cut. Then a polish. It’ll look better but might not be perfect. Nothing to lose though because respray if it doesn’t work. A smart repair could work but you have to find a good one. I’ve heard some horror stories of smart repairs going wrong. Hope it works out whatever you decide.

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9 hours ago, ColinBarber said:

It doesn't look like it is down passed the clear coat so it would polish out but you would have to reduce the clear coat thickness quite a bit in that area so a smart repair that fills it would be best - or a panel respray.

Luckily USB isn't a sonic 5 layer paint so can be matched - my dealer managed to put a reasonable sized chip in the drivers door on my old IS300h F Sport USB when it was in for an MOT, and the repair they had done was invisible.

Cheers Colin. Relief to hear that it can be successfully matched and that smart repairs work well. I have asked revive to quote on it (seem to be a highly rated  franchisee) and will get some other local smart specialists in on it. 

9 hours ago, Brechin Slate said:

Ouch!  If the tradesman is paying (I hope so) then I'd take it into the main dealer for a quote.  Can't say that I've noticed the 2 stage paint on the chips on my Mesa Red 300h and I've had a close look.

Yeah my heart sank when I saw it. My gf can attest to my unhealthy obsession over my car.  Fortunately they are decent guys and acknowledged their fault so will absorb the cost. However don't think they would stretch to a dealer quote. 

Mesa Red is a fine colour. Always looked great when washed. 

6 hours ago, paulrnx said:

What a shame. Hope you find a solution. I’d possibly have a go at this with a very very fine brush. Brush in along the length of the scratch to bring the paint up to slightly proud of the scratch. Then rub down with very very fine wet and dry. Then t-cut. Then a polish. It’ll look better but might not be perfect. Nothing to lose though because respray if it doesn’t work. A smart repair could work but you have to find a good one. I’ve heard some horror stories of smart repairs going wrong. Hope it works out whatever you decide.

Thanks Paul. I've also read some historic bad stories on smart repairs, however the recent reviews seem to be a lot more complementary. In any case I'll report back with pics on the eventual repair and price (Surrey). 

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