jndnaps

My DeVille Got Hit

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Hey folks, long time no write. Well my old 96 DeVille got hit by a drunk/high driver Friday. It made it through Hurricane Irma without a scratch. Had it all covered up in the driveway for the storm. We were without power for 7 days and we spent a lot of time after the storm sitting in it to get some A/C. Friday I went to top off the tank and this dumb a#$ drunk and high B#%$h hit me while I was passing her in the left lane. She was in the center lane and as we were almost right next to each other I saw her start to turn into the right lane. Then, looking forward, I caught her in the corner of my eye all of a sudden jerking the wheel to the left and right for me. I hit the horn and got the drivers side tires up in the grass trying to avoid her but she got me. She was arrested for DUI and possession of a controlled substance. She had a valid insurance card, but don't know if she still has insurance yet. Just put in a claim today. I'm sooooooooooo pissed off. The car had the original paint and still looked great. Gonna need a rear door and some minor quarter work. Problem is the car is Diamond White and there's no way they're gonna match up with that 21YO paint. RRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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Makes ya wanna get a rope!

:wipetears

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THERE IS ALWAYS ENOUGH TIME TO DO THE JOB RIGHT - THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH TIME TO DO THE JOB AGAIN !!!

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oh no! Sorry to hear.  Hopefully they can match it, or I suppose repaint the whole Cadillac

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Aaw.  It is no surprise what stupidity causes.

I hope you get it fixed. It sucks when the quarter gets hit.

Does the door open and close? If so you may have gotten really lucky.

I worry all the time with my 2 caddys because it is alot of time, and work to keep them nice .(Especially in NY)

And all it takes is one person to mess it up

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21 hours ago, rockfangd said:

Aaw.  It is no surprise what stupidity causes.

I hope you get it fixed. It sucks when the quarter gets hit.

Does the door open and close? If so you may have gotten really lucky.

I worry all the time with my 2 caddys because it is alot of time, and work to keep them nice .(Especially in NY)

And all it takes is one person to mess it up

Yeah I'm still steaming. The door works fine. Was hoping to find one in the bone yard the same color. There's a 94 in Sarasota, Fla the guy's selling the whole car for $400 it's the Pearl/Diamond white color, but I don't think it's as light as the 96. That one looks darker. She has insurance and I'm taking the car to get checked out tomorrow. They're probably gonna try and total the car. I can get a door for $70 at the bone yard. I'm not in a big hurry so maybe I'll get lucky and a 96 Diamond White DeVille will show up. If I can find one the same color I can at least get away without painting the inside.  


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Does anyone know how the body side moldings are put on? Just double sided tape, or are there screws and/or rivets? 


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IIRC they are clipped on from behind. 

GM used a few different setups, some have pins that the plastic clips lock into.

I will have to look into it

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Sorry this happened to your car.  you might have to put your boxing mitts on to fight with the insurance company,  but believe me when I tell you that paint technology, and color matching and blending has come a long way.  Your initial check from the insurance will be a lowball figure.  bringing it to the right restoration/ custom paint shop will help.  The shop will dictate how to properly repair the vehicle.  Google around to see a local shop that specializes in custom paint, and see how they can help.

 

GOOD LUCK

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On 9/22/2017 at 10:02 AM, winterset said:

Sorry this happened to your car.  you might have to put your boxing mitts on to fight with the insurance company,  but believe me when I tell you that paint technology, and color matching and blending has come a long way.  Your initial check from the insurance will be a lowball figure.  bringing it to the right restoration/ custom paint shop will help.  The shop will dictate how to properly repair the vehicle.  Google around to see a local shop that specializes in custom paint, and see how they can help.

 

GOOD LUCK

Yeah her insurance is giving me the run around now, but I have a lawyer for my injury and they're gonna work them for the car repair for me. I found a door that's the same color, but it was re painted on the outside. The inside of the door in the jamb area is the factory Diamond White and matches pretty much on the money. It's been almost a month now and I'm still FN pissed.  


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To properly match/blend the paint, the front passenger door will need to be partially painted to blend the color.  I do not believe the old technique of painting just a single panel is practiced anymore.  The eye is focused on comparing the color match between two panels, but once they are blended within a panel, it is not noticeable. The paint shop / dealership should also give a lifetime guarantee on the repair work.

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4 hours ago, winterset said:

To properly match/blend the paint, the front passenger door will need to be partially painted to blend the color.  I do not believe the old technique of painting just a single panel is practiced anymore.  The eye is focused on comparing the color match between two panels, but once they are blended within a panel, it is not noticeable. The paint shop / dealership should also give a lifetime guarantee on the repair work.

Yeah, I know how that all works for sure. The shop guarantees the color match and gives a lifetime guarantee. I've seen a lot of jobs done on cars where you can see the blend. Some were terrible. I used to buy and sell cars and saw a ton of them in the auctions. The good thing with this door is it's the same color and has the factory paint on the inside. The outside was re sprayed in the same color, but they didn't do a great job. I bought a van at the auction one time and the sliding door was caved in. I sat on it for like 6 or 8 months and found a perfect match. It was red and after buffing the new/old door and the van you couldn't tell it was a different door. Yep! I got lucky for sure. :blink:


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