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How to remove paint drips & smooth out texture on a re-painted door?

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I have a 2013 White Summit LTZ that I recently had to bring to a collision shop to fix some dents and scratches on my passenger side doors from a minor collision. They fixed the dents and scratches by sanding it down and repainting, I can't even tell anything was done.

However, they had to repaint the doors and I noticed at certain angles theres paint drips! It's hard to tell with white paint but it's definitely there. Another issue is, the newly painted doors have a different texture/color compared to the original panels next it. It's hard to tell from a distance but if you look closely there's a noticeable difference. The new paint has a slight yellowish tint to it. I wonder if a clay bar can fix that?

Is there something I can do to get rid of the paint drips, should I bring it back to the body shop? Also, the door was only repainted a week ago, I wonder if I wait a few months, after the paint fully cures, will it look better?

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Thanks guys. Good news!

I brought the car to another shop called Detailing Dynamics in Long Island. The owner Matt inspected it and says the first shop used really cheap paint and clear coat. And the cause of the rough texture is called "orange peel." He says he will fix that, the paint drips and discoloration and make Geico pay for it. Hopefully, he can make it look like factory again.

His body shop has alot of high-end cars, it was like a toy store. I saw a Lamborghini Aventador there and a few Porsche's all having work done. So I guess I'm confident he will do superb job if he caters to that kind of crowd.
Yeah, the first job was covered by Geico. Actually the shop was recommended by Geico (which I think is suspicious). I'm thinking the first shop used cheap materials and cut corners to reduce the cost that Geico has to pay. Geico actually has an office inside this collision center (which is even more suspicious!).

That's why I ran to an independent shop who looks out for the customer, not the insurance company.
Ok so I finally got my car back. Geico paid for the corrective work in FULL with no cost to me. And WOW, the car looks like it just came out of the factory. The paint drips are gone. The new paint blends in perfectly with the rest of the car. No visible orange peel that I can see. Fantastic work.

I was talking to the owner of the shop who explained to me that he had to remove both door panels and wet sand everything down before painting it again (which is what the first shop should have done). He suspects that the first shop probably just left the door panels attached to the car and painted it that way, which is faster but caused the paint drips and orange peel.

He even fixed a minor curb rash I had under the front fender free of charge. =]
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