In December of 2007 we got a client who wanted his vandalized Bentley scratch free.  See how we made it happen. 

Vandalized Keyed Car Repair

At the shop we work on many exotic and luxury cars.  On December 2007 a Bentley came in with damage to the left side panel.  The Bentley was keyed and needed keyed car repair on the left side panels of the car.

What is keying a car?

When you car is keyed it means that you are a victim of vandalism.  Which means that you have been targeted by an individual or a group of people with the intention of damaging your car, in this case with a key or another (usually metal) object strong enough to cause a scratch deep enough to ruin the paint of your car.

In some cases a keyed car may have superficial damage and in some cases the paint is damaged down to the metal.  Either way the owner can rest assured we can fix both types of car paint damages.

How did we repair the keyed car?

The entire left side of this Bentley was keyed and thankfully the damage was not down to the metal.  Since the scratches were not too deep we were able to refinish the vehicle.

The refinishing process is when we do what we call scratch refinement, it’s auto body shop talk for sanding down the scratched surface area down until it is all even with the paint and we remove the deep groves.  Once it’s smooth to the touch we can apply the bondo if it is necessary.

Like I mentioned before, depending on the depth of the scratch sometimes bondo is applied and sometimes it is not.  That is why we always encourage potential clients to come personally to our shop so that we may see the damage or work needed on the car.  Simply because every car is different and every damage is different.

How much does it cost to get your keyed car fixed?

It varies, it all depends on these variables:

  • Location(s) of the scratch
  • Deepness of the scratch
  • Length of the scratch

Since no two keyed car repairs are the same our auto body repair shop needs to see your car in person.  Everyday potential clients send us pictures, but they only tell part of the story.  Our auto body shop cannot correctly give an estimate with pictures alone because we are not able to feel the deepness of the scratch.  Furthermore, our estimate will either be too high or too low.   It is best you always bring in your car to the shop to assess the damage correctly insuring an accurate auto body repairs estimate.

Back to the Bentley, this car’s scratches were not too bad and we were able to fix it without the need of bondo application.  This saved time and money for this keyed car repair.

Once the car was prepared for paint, we applied the base coat, of course we tint color matched the car to the correct Bentley color.  After the color is dry, it’s ready to get its clear coat.  Paint process complete!   Keyed car repair complete!

After the car is painted, all that is left to do is buff and wax the car.  We give all our cars a little detail before the clients pick it up.  And that’s it, the car looks like new.  Client is happy and so are we. (Sadly I forgot to take the before pictures. This happens a lot, I get caught up in fixing the problem I forget to take pictures.)


“I’ve known Jaider for years, and along with his staff he runs an efficient business with the utmost integrity. They’ve fixed numerous cars of mine, each time doing a great job for a reasonable price. It takes a lot of work to earn so many 5 star reviews, and this shop has definitely earned them all.”

-Jerry C., Chatsworth, CA, 11/24/2016

We are here to help!  West Coast Body and Paint is one of Van Nuys, Ca best auto body shops.  We also work on all car makes and models, foreign and domestic.  Our body shop services include collision repair, insurance claims, auto body work, custom paint, body kit installation, muscle car and car restorations.  Check out our gallery and read our reviews.

West Coast Body and Paint has been family-owned and has been one of the best in the business since 2007.   We have worked with all car insurance companies and when you bring your car to us, we treat it as if it were our very own vehicle.  We guarantee our work and keep you in the loop with the repairs.

Call or text me 818.793.7728 to schedule an appointment.  You can always follow us on social media @westcoastbodyandpaint #wcbpshop.

-Jaider A. West Coast Body and Paint, Owner

As of Monday, November 15th, 2021 we are NOT accepting any new work or estimate appointment requests, because…

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Ourestimates are always free and you are welcome to come by our shop anytime or make an appointment.  We know that many clients like the convenience of sending pictures of their car and request an estimate; but, in reality an estimate by this means is not really reliable.  Why?  Because the estimate will either be too high or too low.  In order to assess the damage and give an estimate, a car needs to be seen by a professional and in person.  This insures that the estimate is as accurate as possible, not too high or too low.  For more information click here.

If you are not able to come by our shop during normal working hours, you can give us a call or send us an email, and make an appointment when you can come, in most cases we are able to accommodate our clients.


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