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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-19-2013, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Bent hood and Bumper

So my dad backed into our Mazda 3 on accident. He is willing to pay for the whole shebang, however I'd rather not go to a shop as that will cost a fortune and I've been known to do some pretty fancy body work.

So basically I'd like to fix it myself. the hood is bent a bit and I am unable to get it back to normal, I'll be replacing the hood. Nothing fancy, just a new hood. Should I A. buy a cheapo primed hood on eBay and paint it, B. buy a used hood at a pull a part place or C. I can make a mold of the existing hood, cut out the bend and make a new hood entirely out of fiberglass or carbon fiber, then prime and paint?

Which idea do you think would be the cheapest? How much do you think I could get a used hood for?
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Cheap eBay hood probably wont fit well. Building one out of fiberglass or cf will be really expensive. So i would go for u-pull. Just try and find one that isn't too damaged.



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Agreed; OEM remanufactured parts are junk.. unless you want to spend as much time getting it to fit as you'd spend removing the dents and creases out of the other one. But it would save you a lot of money (that's the plus).

Otherwise try to find one in a junkyard, but good luck; it's pretty hard to get a good hood from a totalled car.

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Well I got out some tools and bent the hood back into place, I have a tiny crinkle on the front of the hood which I can easily sand down, glass and fill and paint. Bumped has some dings that will require some fiberglass, no new hood required .

Molding a new hood in fiberglass would cost maybe $4-50 for the glass, I already have the resin, and then just wrap the glass in carbon fiber . not as expensive as you'd think.

My next dillemma is paint. I have the 2007 mazda 3i base model. It's the beige one, I think the proper color name is shimmering sands, I've seen aerosol spray cans of the stuff which would be sufficient for the small areas that I have to sand, but anybody know how the color would compare or would it be better to buy a pint, or quart and use compressed air and paint gun? I don't have the gun or compressor but I can get a compressor and would have to buy/rent the gun.
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About once a month I call junkyards here in jacksonville fl and ask if they have "any" mazda 3's on there lot and I always get "no" for an answer.

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Yeah I've noticed when I look at their online inventories and there are never any available....I found one hatchback on CL.
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Very aware of the cost of composites. Unless you have gallons and gallons of resin. You are going to be into this hood more than $50. At least to make it strong enough to hold up permanently.



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Very aware of the cost of composites. Unless you have gallons and gallons of resin. You are going to be into this hood more than $50. At least to make it strong enough to hold up permanently.
I do have gallons and gallons of resin!!!!

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