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Hello,

My car is in great condition except for the following two problems. I want to get these two items fixed, so I'd like to get some opinions on the cheapest / best way to repair the scratch pictured below on the rear clam of my car, as well as get opinons how my driver's side headlamp cover was damaged.

1. The scratch is on the rear clam through the paint. I took it to a well respected local body shop, and their suggestion was to either paint a large portion of the rear clam to match the paint, or seek out an airbrush specialist to try to fill in the scratch.

2. The headlamp cover has developed small "cracks" below in the clear plastic. You can kind of feel the "cracks" in the cover if you scratch your finger nail over them. I'm not sure how it happened--does it look like it was hit by a rock or other object, or could this be something else? I'm looking for a used headlamp cover, but will probably have to bite the bullet and buy the new part from a dealer for $850.

Thanks for all of your opinions in advance!
 

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I am going to assume you are a bit of a perfectionist since these are relatively minor blemishes.

Storm Titanium can be tricky to touch up to be invisible. It may not hurt to attempt to let someone with an airbrush who does that kind of work on cars take a look at it and see what their expert opinion is - but I am afraid it will not be invisible.

The alternative has a greater risk. To do an effective blend, which is what would be required to touch up that spot, you are opening a can of worms. Depending on your knowledge about paint and what you do and don't like and - more importantly - what you do and don't see when you look at your paint and its reflection, there is a greater chance of expanding the potential area.

I hate to suggest this but I would leave it alone before I would respray and blend that.

Another option - there are other manufacturers of the clear shield product than just 3M and starshield. Some in particular cover larger areas across the back of the car. Perhaps if you got one of the bigger protectors, it would help hide the scratch under it. I did this on a Mini Cooper and most never noticed any of the blemishes underneath.

As far as the headlight issue - that is more common on the older headlights (pre 07) and you would have to replace the housing. But it will come back unless you have the covers Lotus supplied in a recall.
 

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a micro mesh plastic polish kit should take care of the headlight cover.
 

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Thanks for the replies--I appreciate the feedback.

The headlight problem is in / on the on the external clear plastic cover--not the black part. My car had the "embillisher rings" installed previously.

Thanks again!
 

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That color can be blended if you have a good painter. They use something called blending solvent to melt the edges of fresh paint and fresh clear coat. It is invisible if done correctly. If you had a Pearl color I would say no way but ST (both codes) can be done. I have personally blended silvers in the past and they were invisible repairs. Not something every painter can do well though so make sure they have experience. Good Luck.
 
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