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Darryl Watson
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Username: inox

Post Number: 76
Registered: 4-2015
Posted on Wednesday, 10 April, 2019 - 05:18:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi,
How practical is it to replace the boot/luggage compartment/trunk lid on our Mulsanne S with one from another car of the same age (+/- 12 months)?
The boot on ours needs a bare metal respray (£££ís) and a RR-B specialist is breaking a S in the same colour.
I am concerned about the fit as I understand that a fair bit of fettling took place when the cars were built. Or am I wrong?
Regards
Darryl
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Robert J. Sprauer
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Username: wraithman

Post Number: 216
Registered: 11-2017
Posted on Wednesday, 10 April, 2019 - 06:20:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Darryl, The boots are aluminum so they're easy to handle yet bulky.
Bare metal respray of yours is not the worst unless the sublayer paint primers are effected, in other words a thorough sanding and you're all set except it will look freshly painted.
A used panel of the same color should work and may be a closer paint match (patina from age) than painting. I would hold it up to your panel for comparison.
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Steve Emmott
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Post Number: 203
Registered: 11-2018
Posted on Wednesday, 10 April, 2019 - 15:58:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I agree with Robert.

I have had many boots off Shadows to replace boot seals so don't think the Mulsanne should be that difficult.

Nowadays the technology is 'no adjust build' but back then there was still scope for fine adjustment that is all really. The panels all came off the same pressing originally and not really a bespoke coach built car like back in the old days.

It is definitely best to have extra pairs of hands to assist as a large item deal with.

Plenty of blankets/sheets over the rear wings and pushed in the rear up to the rear screen when the boot is open will ensure you do no body damage.
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Darryl Watson
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Username: inox

Post Number: 77
Registered: 4-2015
Posted on Wednesday, 10 April, 2019 - 21:17:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Thanks for the input.

The vendor advised me this morning that the boot lid has been sold.

Regards
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Steve Emmott
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Username: steve_e

Post Number: 205
Registered: 11-2018
Posted on Wednesday, 10 April, 2019 - 21:53:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Darryl, located close to where I lived in Stanwick many years ago......

Just what is wrong with your boot lid that you say it needs a bare metal re-spray....

On average a boot prep&spray should cost no more than around 500GBP at many decent repair shops.

Modern equipment allows for scanning the paint colour and creating much better colour matches on older cars where the paint may have faded.

I would never want a complete bare metal re-spray unless it was absolutely necessary anyway.
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Steve Emmott
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Post Number: 206
Registered: 11-2018
Posted on Wednesday, 10 April, 2019 - 22:24:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Here is mine.....total cost whole car, doors off, boot off, bonnet off 3500 GBP. There was no need to go completely for a bare metal re-spray as no rust or panel damage. I did do a lot of prep myself though and remove the trim.



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Darryl Watson
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Post Number: 78
Registered: 4-2015
Posted on Thursday, 11 April, 2019 - 09:04:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I had the boot lid resprayed about 10 years ago. August 2016 had lid sprayed again because paint had cracked / sunk.
After about 18 monthe the cracks started reappearing.
Consensus is bare metal respray of boot.
Shadow looks great.
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Steve Emmott
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Post Number: 207
Registered: 11-2018
Posted on Thursday, 11 April, 2019 - 14:59:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

That's a shame Darryl but I would agree now a full strip is needed whether done as a 'thinners wash' or lots of clogged up sanding discs.

Shame you lost the option of a replacement one as you do need someone who understands painting aluminium if stripping back to bare metal.

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