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Last week, a nasty hail storm damaged my hood pretty bad. There are about 50 dents on my hood, about 10 on my roof and none on my trunk. :(

I will not attempt to have the roof repaired, unless they can do it without having to re-paint the roof, but I'd like the hood replaced. I'm currently looking for an aftermarker one with a different look. I like the hood shown here <http://www.i-m-racing.com/cwesrsxhoodc.html>, but it's not yet available. Does anyone know where I could get a hood similar to that one? Any links or pics?

Anyone knows how much the stock hood weights? If the insurance company gives me no choice, I'll go back to the OEM, but I'm willing to pay the difference to get a nicer, lighter hood.

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the shops that repair hail damage apply bondo to the little dents and then paint it. i dont know whats worst, having tons of bondo over your car or living with the dents :(
They don't use bondo , if you goto paintless dent repair places. They rub the dents out from behind the metal, becuase metal has memory, it goes back to its original form.
 

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They don't use bondo , if you goto paintless dent repair places. They rub the dents out from behind the metal, becuase metal has memory, it goes back to its original form.
It has memory? Can it memorize my repair schedule?:laughing:

Just get a cf/fibreglass hood.
I believe OEM is 35 pounds.
Usually Insurance companies give you a check.
 

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It has memory? Can it memorize my repair schedule?:laughing:

Just get a cf/fibreglass hood.
I believe OEM is 35 pounds.
Usually Insurance companies give you a check.
Paintless dent repair works because sheet metal has a "memory." Up to a certain point, when a stamped steel body panel is stretched out of its original position, it "remembers" the shape it used to be. When carefully and properly worked by a trained specialist, the metal can be restored to its original position leaving no trace of the damage. However, paintless dent repair is as much an art as a science. It is important that the person doing the work is thoroughly trained and has a natural aptitude for the process. Paintless dent repairs attempted by less skilled persons may be unsatisfactory, and can cause significant additional damage.
 

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Yea, the CWest hood is nice but personally I would go with a Carbon Fiber hood. The company R-1 makes cf hoods for the RSX and I guess they're overstocked right now or something cause now they're selling their hoods on eBay and they are CHEAP. I'm talking like 200 something dollars. Go take a look at it.. good luck.
 

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The problem with the paintless dent removal for the hood is that there are braces underneet where the dents are... so it'll be impossible for the paintless repair guys to fix them... on the other hand, it should be possible to fix the ones on the roof. I really need another hood. Imagine one dent on your hood... it doesn't look good. Now imagine about 50 of them scattered all over the hood.

Do the CF hoods react to paint? Does the paint stick to it... will it peel off after a while? Chip easily?

Many thanks.
 

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They don't use bondo , if you goto paintless dent repair places. They rub the dents out from behind the metal, becuase metal has memory, it goes back to its original form.
The problem with the paintless dent removal for the hood is that there are braces underneet where the dents are... so it'll be impossible for the paintless repair guys to fix them... on the other hand, it should be possible to fix the ones on the roof. I really need another hood. Imagine one dent on your hood... it doesn't look good. Now imagine about 50 of them scattered all over the hood.

Do the CF hoods react to paint? Does the paint stick to it... will it peel off after a while? Chip easily?

Many thanks.
Dents are not pushed from the backside, but, pulled from the front. This can be done with suction cups or poking a device through so it can be pulled...the metal will then be mended, it’s a process.
 
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