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If I end up buying an Elise without a hardtop, would repainting a used one involve paintwork on the car ( blending), or just the top itself ?

Been looking at Eliges more than a year now and may have to actually do something at some point !

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Deliver the top to your favorite trusted auto body shop. Give them another part of your car such as a one of the front access panels that is easily removable. Pick it up a week later.

That's been my experience.
 

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They should have the paint code. No need to blend as there are natural break lines (front and rear rubber). Shouldn't cost much to do if the shop knows you.
 

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If the car has a "lifestyle paint" option, then painting is more expensive than a simpler paint code, but you're not talking a huge difference for just a single panel. I've been burned by a shop that did a terrible job with Chrome Orange for me, so I'm a little paranoid when it comes to the topic...Like glagola said though, leave a panel with them (I'd suggest the roll hoop cover since it will be the only panel adjacent to the roof) and that should be enough if they are worth what they charge.
 

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The issue with Chrome Orange is that it seems that the 2005 cars have a much lighter version of the paint even though it's the same code. I had ordered some paint on line (don't do that) and had a friend paint some parts I made. They look a lot closer to the 2005 color. I had my rear flares repainted by a shop I trust and they are a perfect match to the 2008 Chrome Orange.

Yes, the 2 stage paint is expensive.
 

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I have never had one painted but was quoted $300 Canadian (roughly $220 US) to paint one. It is a separate panel and I would think if the match is not quite perfect it would still look OK.

I have a Saffron car with a Solar Yellow roof. They are the same base color but the Solar Yellow has metallic flakes in it. Even that difference is not really noticeable unless someone points it out.
 

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Thanks much for the info guys. sounds like its not that big of a deal, which is good news.
that opens up the number cars that I could potentially buy.
(Although I want a hardtop, I also know some people have written that the hard top seemed like a good idea when they bought, but afterwards think its an unnecessary option. )

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I have both the hardtop and the soft top. Before I bought my Elise I thought both tops would be essential. I use the hardtop for winter driving. But from May through to December in Toronto I just use the soft top.

The hardtop is nice to have, but not essential. I definitely could have just gone through the winter with the soft top.
 

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Paint code for Polar Blue didn’t result in something that matched the car properly (due to fade I suspect). Shop ended up doing a few samples and got close, but it’s still not exact. Even with the code and an access panel sample. I don’t think most would notice unless they were looking for it.

I took mine to a Corvette bodywork specialist figuring they’d know fibreglass best. One thing they did mention is that if it’s been painted a number of times, it might be worth sanding back to primer because there’s a risk the paint could crack over time.

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thanks for that David. I've read some stuff that agrees with you. Guess I also thought having the hardtop would nake it easirer to sell but I have no data on tyhat.

addliteness, your experience worries a little too. somehow this sounds like my sort of luck too if had it repainted.

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thanks for that David. I've read some stuff that agrees with you. Guess I also thought having the hardtop would nake it easirer to sell but I have no data on tyhat.

addliteness, your experience worries a little too. somehow this sounds like my sort of luck too if had it repainted.

Jeff
Don’t worry. Mine had clearly had a number of other colours and there have been no issues.



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Any quality paint shop will measure the mils of the existing paint and advise you if you’ll need to remove existing layers. Yes there is a limit!
 
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Any quality paint shop will measure the mils of the existing paint and advise you if you’ll need to remove existing layers. Yes there is a limit!
That's why I took it upon myself to strip my paint down to the gel coat. If a pebble even looked at it, it would flake off. So the limit is somewhere around 12 layers (counting clears) or less...

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Yikes !
 
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