In the 1980s and 1990s two-tone cars were all the rage and showed that a vehicle was a premium model. Multiple colors on a car takes more material and labor. So it naturally costs more. But what do you do when one of these 20-30 year old cars needs to be repainted? Options include repainting both colors, repainting only the top color which is often more faded, painting only the bottom color which can be more prone to scrapes, or repainting the entire car in just one color. Almost Everything'sCar of the Day is a 1996 Mazda MPV that was faded & peeling on top and scraped on the bottom. So both of the 2-tone colors had problems. The owner decided to paint the entire vehicle one color to save money and recover a vehicle that still drove well but looked a mess.
In our experience, "keying" a car is typically a case of random vandalism. It often feels like a personal violation and it may not be covered by your auto insurance. Almost Everything'sCar of the Day is a very nice BMW 545i that was scratched on nearly every panel.
Almost Everything'sCar of the Day is a 2001 Honda Civic Si Hatchback that had been keyed. We feathered the edges of the key scratches so they would not show under the new paint. We also sanded down a bunch of delaminating paint (the peeling stuff.) We applied a primer-sealer to cover the bare metal spots then painted the whole car with a cost effective enamel paint.