Sit-rep....I received a quote from Bel-Red auto for about $6700. This includes metallic paint, new fender, removal of Starshield and entire front end, blend paint, clear coat panels (rocker, fender, and entire clamshell), and re-application of starshield.
Discount Tire reviewed the detailed and itemized quote from Bel-Red, and contacted Bel-Red directly. Discount has taken full accountability and is sending me the check for the bill.
My thinking...vehicle has about 54k miles and the previous owner did not have starshield installed = chipped rockers and fenders (I installed Starshield after my purchase). If I have the fenders blended, passenger fender will look showroom and driver's side will be as-is. Should I order some fenders, have them painted Arctic Silver, and install them myself? Or is it really recommended to have the paint blended? I've never compared my paint to a brand new Arctic Silver Elise so I'm not sure how faded my paint is. If I decide to purchase fenders, I'll probably opt for either Exige fenders or GUT fenders (wider vented fenders). Thoughts?