Morning fellow Opponauts! Had to rant somewhere, although this happened a week ago now.

As some of you may have noticed, I changed my license plate bulbs and tried to fix license plate mounts a few weeks ago on my car...

I got the bulbs changed with much effort, and DIDN’T manage to get the plate screws/screw mounts done because I just didn’t have the tools for the job. I recently had a safety inspection done on my car at a local garage where I had them repair the screw mounts at the same time. This was an easy fix. Carefully take a Dremel/cutting disk, cut small notches at right angles to the existing notches in the head of the security screws, back security screws out with screwdriver...

Annoyingly enough, they repaired the screw mounts alright, and replaced the screws, but they must’ve used WAY too big a cutting disk or SOMETHING because they scratched and dremelled right into my paint...all around the plates, not to mention the plate itself (I care less about the plate though...). I am VERY pissed. That being said, I learned my lesson. They never charged me for fixing the plate mounts, and when I left the garage, I only glanced to see if they had changed the screws as it’s an easy job and because it’s easy to tell shiny new screws at a distance to older, larger, slightly rusty screws (I had never reinstalled the rear interior trunk trim, so they didn’t even have to take that off to get to anything).

When I got home, I looked more closely and saw all the scratches in my paint, 3 of which were down to bare metal and one or two in the clear coat. Problem is, I have no proof they did the work as I never paid for it and it’s not on my invoice, just my verbal, non-recorded consent...so there’s nothing I can do.GGGRRRRRRR. I put a bunch of touch-up paint on them for now as my car came with a touch-up paint pen, but, although it’s less noticeable now, I am not sure how well this “patch” will hold to keep rust at bay....we’ll see I guess...

Pics for reference (pardon the dirty car, my house is on a gravel road up a gravel driveway)- you can even see in the first pic where the dremel went right through the plate into the bodywork as the scratch continues from one to another....argh. These were taken this morning after I touched the paint up last week with the pen.


Now, rant over I guess.......as mentioned in my previous post, I had broken clips on two of the interior trim pieces. Anybody have any suggestions for an epoxy or glue that would make them good as new? I’ve trued regular old superglue and it won’t make a good enough bond on such a small amount of surface area...

Thanks in advance! :)