This list details the items of bodywork that have received remedial attention.

Date:Item:Price:Details:
08/2005 Front lip, side skirts & rear skirt ???.?? The Motegi body kit I purchased was originally front an Iceberg Silver Metallic (B83M) Honda Prelude so I had the parts repainted Ruby Red Pearl (R504P) to match my car's bodywork. The near-side side skirt was already cracked when purchased and this was repaired. This was carried out by Ian Taylor Body Repairs in Horley, Surrey. I did not make a note of the cost, from memory I think it cost about 200.
??/2006 Off-side rear wheel arch ???.?? I accidently scraped the off-side rear wheel arch on a concrete pillar in a Crawley multi-storey car park, probably during the end of 2005 or early 2006. The panel was repainted by Ian Taylor Body Repairs in Horley, Surrey. I did not make a note of the cost or date, from memory I think it cost about 200 and it was carried out around April / May 2006.
04/2009 Front lip & rear skirt 149.50 The front lip & rear skirt were both repainted due to stone chips & blistering at a cost of 149.50 at Customize Bodyworkz in Crawley, West Sussex. I specifically asked for the rear skirt to be stripped down to the bare plastic before repainted it as the paint / primer had not bonded to the original Iceberg Silver Metallic paint correctly and had cracked in a few places revealing the original paint. I later found out that they did not do this.
05/2010 17" alloy wheels 258.50 The condition of the alloy wheels was not too bad, however after over 10 years of use, I felt they would benefit from being refurbished. I originally wanted them to be finished in "platinum", which is a shiny silver. However, I was told that it wasn't recommended due to the plastic centre caps melting in the high temperatures required for the primer process. Instead I chose the "medium metallic silver" finish, which has a metallic flake, rather than being a flat silver finish. I am very pleased with the result, the wheels look great. However, when the sun shines on them, they look fantastic with the metallic flakes sparkling in the sun like glitter. The refurbishment was carried out by Wheel Works UK in Crawley, West Sussex. This cost me 258.50 during May 2010 and they also did a spare centre cap free of charge. My thanks goes to Salazar from Prelude UK, who is a fellow Honda Prelude owner based in Camberley, Surrey, who let me borrow his spare set of 16" alloy wheels while mine were being refurbished.
04/2011 Off-side rear wheel arch & front bumper 810.36 Rust had developed in two areas by the off-side rear wheel arch, one area at the bottom and one area at the top. Additionally, the near-side corner of my front bumper was a little battered following someone driving into my unattended car while parked in Aldershot during 2008 and I accidently scraped it against a concrete pillar in a Brighton multi-storey car park during December 2010. This particular rust problem is common amongst Honda Preludes and the general consensus is that the rubber wheel arch liners / protectors exacerbate or even contribute towards the rust. However, up until now, I had kept them on as I preferred the look. Luckily, only one side of my car was affected. The work was carried out by Portslade Panelworks in Hove, East Sussex they agreed to cut out the rusty sections and weld in new metal, before painting. After giving it some thought, I thought it would be best to do without the rubber wheel arch liners so I asked them not to refit them and to paint some sort of protectant on the wheel arch lips instead. They have rubberised the wheel arch lips (on both sides of the car, above and below the lip). It's a thin layer of rubbery stuff which is transparent so you can see the paintwork beneath. I should make a note about preventing rust and those rubber wheel arch liners... They were both replaced with new ones during August 2009. At that time there was no rust visible. Before fitting the new ones, I stuck a strip of insulating tape along the edge of the wheel arch lip and folded it over (one half was above and the other half was below, if you get what I mean). It seems that I only did the passenger side (I can't remember why). The passenger side has no rust so didn't have the work carried out (apart from that rubbery protectant stuff painted on for prophylactic measures). The driver side which didn't have the strip of insulating tape along the lip did rust. Maybe this was just coincidental? But I reckon that the insulating tape sealed the gaps between the double skin spot welds and prevented the rust. I washed my car the following day after collection and discovered some problems:
  • Off-side side skirt not fitted correctly and one of its supports was bent.
  • Rear bumper not fitted correctly.
  • Both side skirts were missing home-made spacers.
I resolved these minor problems myself.
06/2011 Alloy wheel centre cap 10.00 The silver painted ring surrounding the Honda logo badge was not refurbished and was looking a little tatty by 2011. During June 2001 after two failed attempts to satisfactorily repaint them myself (first attempt was Ruby Red Pearl and the second attempt was silver), I gave up and stripped them down to the bare plastic. The finished results looks quite good in contrast to the black background of the Honda logo badges. During this process, after accidently removing some of the paint from one of the alloy wheel centre caps with masking tape, Wheel Works UK repainted it for me for 10.
07/2011 Off-side rear wheel arch, near-side side skirt & rear skirt 397.68 Unfortunately the worked carried out during April was not completed correctly. Subsequently my car's off-side rear wheel arch suffered a recurrence of rust at the top. This was resolved by Portslade Panelworks under warranty so at no cost to myself. This time, a wider area was cut out and new metal welded in before being repainted. At the same time, the cracked near-side side skirt was repaired & repainted and the rear skirt was stripped & repainted (for the third time). The near-side side skirt was already cracked when I purchased the Motegi bodykit during November 2004 and was repaired when it was repainted in August 2005. However, the two cracks slowly reappeared and were getting worse over the last year or so. The rear skirt received a substandard repaint during April 2009. I specifically asked Customize Bodyworkz in Crawley to strip the rear skirt down to the bare plastic before repainting it. Obviously they ignored this as once again, the paint / primer had not bonded to the original Iceberg Silver Metallic paint correctly and had cracked in a few places revealing the original paint. After collection of my car from Portslade Panelworks during, yet more problems were later discovered:
  • Presumed overspray on off-side rear suspension spring, wishbone arm, exhaust tail pipe and elsewhere.
  • Paint match on the side and rear skirt weren't very good.
  • Rear skirt not fitted correctly, leaving a gap between the skirt and bumper.
  • Rear bumper not fitted correctly.
  • Off-side rear alloy wheel centre cap not refitted correctly.
  • One of the rear bumper plastic clips was replaced with a bolt / screw.
  • One of the near-side side skirt's plastic clips was replaced with an alternative.
  • Two of the rear skirt's plastic clips were refitted upside down.
07/2011 Near-side wing mirror casing 40.00 During the end of 2010 or beginning of 2011, some sort of corrosive fluid had come into contact with my car's near-side wing mirror casing, presumably while parked unattended. A couple of patches of lacquer had been eaten away, leaving bare paint exposed. I sourced a replacement near-side wing mirror unit through eBay from a 1998 2.0 litre Ruby Red Pearl Honda Prelude for 40.00 including P&P. I replaced the casing only as my car's mirrors are heated and the replacement wasn't. The rest of the replacement along with my original casing, making it a whole unit once more, was sold for 15.00 during November 2011, including P&P, to Prelude_H22 from Prelude UK, who also owns a Ruby Red Pearl Honda Prelude 2.2VTi.
08/2011 Off-side rear wheel arch N/A Two weeks after collecting my car from Portslade Panelworks, the rust had returned to the same area. Obviously, I was very disappointed. Again, they repaired it under warranty so at no cost to myself. When I went to collect the car two days later, I saw that their quality work was not up to standard, to put it politely. The straight line of the rear off-side panel which goes up against the straight line of the top edge at the side of the rear bumper was very wonky so I returned the following day after further remedial work was carried out. As usual, more minor problems were later discovered:
  • Presumed overspray on rear bumper, inside off-side door frame, off-side side skirt, boot lid, rear number plate, rear window, near-side rear wheel arch panel, off-side door, both off-side windows and the off-side side skirt.
  • One of the rear skirt's plastic clips was refitted upside down and the other was missing.
01/2012 Off-side rear panel & rear bumper N/A During November 2011, a minibus drove into the side of my car, causing superficial damage to the rear off-side of my car. Both the rear bumper and rear wheel arch panel were damaged and I chose Crawley Down Group to carry out the repairs paid through insurance, although I had to pay the insurance claim excess. I collected my repaired car on 12/01/2012 at 17:00 (when dark). I was given the opportunity to inspect their work in one of their lit garages, but I declined, foolishly having faith in their work. When I got in the car, I noted that they had knocked off my car's steering wheel mounted stereo remote control and placed it in the centre console (was originally glued to the air bag casing on the opposite side to the cruise control buttons). It would have at least been professional for them to admit to it and apologise. Later on, I noticed problems:
  • Large lacquer drip between the PRELUDE lettering on the rear bumper.
  • A lot of the lacquer has been removed from the top edge of the rear number plate recess.
  • Cracked off-side rear fog light lens.
  • A patch of red paint on the off-side rear alloy wheel.
  • The rubber grommet that the off-side rear fog light cable goes through into the boot was not refitted so there was a hole in my boot.
  • Two of the black plastic trim clips which secure the rear skirt to the arms coming off the bottom of the boot where refitted upside down.
  • Two of the black plastic trim clips which secure the rear skirt were missing.
I believe the number plate recess lacquer damage was done using an orbital buffer and the rear fog light lens was damaged by over tightening the screws.

This initially cost me 350.00 being the insurance excess, but was later reclaimed during October 2012 when I won the case against the guilty driver.

01/2012 Rear bumper, rear number plate recess and off-side rear fog light lens N/A I took by car back to Crawley Down Group on 16/01/2012. Shockingly, they disputed my claims saying that my car was already like that when they got it! I explained that I've owned my car for over 6 years and I generally wash it every 2 weeks, so I have a very intimate knowledge of my car's bodywork. I had no choice but to report the matter to my insurance company the next morning. On 30/11/2011, before my car was booked in for repairs, the insurance company sent an independent assessor to inspect my car. On 18/01/2012, they sent the same person again to inspect the new damage. He reported back to the insurance company, agreeing with my assertions, but Crawley Down Group were still in denial. My insurance company came to a compromise whereby they would pay for parts (replacement rear bumper PRELUDE lettering & fog light) and Crawley Down Group would supply labour & materials. I explained that due to their poor workmanship and diabolical attitude, there is no way I could trust them with my car again, however, they can have the rear bumper (with rear number plate recess) and damaged off-side rear fog light only. When I contacted Crawley Down Group to book in my rear bumper they said it should be ready the following day. My Dad dropped off my rear bumper on my behalf (I couldn't face them again without losing my temper) on the morning of 30/01/2012. Disappointingly, the parts were not ready for collection until 02/02/2012. In their favour, it has been repaired to a satisfactory standard this time.
05/2013 VTEC 2.2VTi boot lid badge 13.95 + 1.95 P&P Over the years, patches of the black paint had flaked off the badge causing me to have to touch up the bare patches with gloss black enamel paint. After time, it was looking less than satisfactory. I was able to source a new boot lid badge through eBay for just 13.95 + 1.95 P&P during February 2013. The Honda part number is 75731-S30-G10 and the 2013 price from Honda is 37.96. I fitted it during May 2013.
05/2014 Rear skirt 80.00 During November 2012, the rear skirt was damaged on the southbound carriageway of the M23 by a stray hub cap. The off-side near wheel flipped up the hub cap which subsequently damaged the paint revealing the original Iceberg Silver Metallic paint beneath. This was disappointing because this would now be the fourth time it would be repainted. It was initially painted Ruby Red Pearl during August 2005 shortly after I purchased the car as the rear skirt was originally Iceberg Silver Metallic. Due to paint blistering, it was repainted during April 2009 & July 2011 and on both occasions I specifically asked both bodyshops to strip the rear skirt down to the bare plastic before painting. Both bodyshops ignored this request as the original Iceberg Silver Metallic was still present beneath. My father & I painstakingly stripped the rear skirt down to the bare plastic before handing it over to Spray-Tech in Crawley, West Sussex, for it to be painted Ruby Red Pearl (R504P) for a very good price of 80.00.
08/2015 Front bumper 100.00 From around October 2014, a few patches of lacquer had flaked off the top surface of the front bumper's off-side corner. I suspected a cleaning chemical I had used in the engine bay had dripped on it. Alternatively it was suggested it was due to a previous poor quality respray (April 2011). Unfortunately, or rather fortunately, a few days before this repair was scheduled, a white Toyota RAV4 (YP62 MHM) carelessly reversed into my unattended parked car causing minor damage to the same corner. The front bumper received a partial respray outside my home in Horley by MAG Smart Auto Repairs.
01/2016 17" alloy wheel 50.00 + 78.00 refurbishment During the previous one or two times when the tires had been replaced, it was noted that the inside of one of my alloy wheel was buckled, but it didn't seem to be causing a problem. Following a front to rear / rear to front tire rotation during December 2015, I noticed a thudding coming from the front near-side wheel which wasn't noticeable when it was fitted on the rear. I had the wheels rebalanced a couple of times to no avail so decided to replace the alloy wheel. A new 17" alloy wheel from Honda would cost 238.29 and according to a Honda dealer's website, they were no longer available. I sourced a used one through eBay removed from a Honda Accord Type-R located in Wales for only 50.00 including P&P. During January 2016, Wheel Works UK / Wicked Wheels carried out refurbishment to match my other wheels which were refurbished by them back in 2010, this cost 72.00 + 6.00 for the centre cap. Frustratingly, the thudding was still present, therefore there must be a slight defect in the tire which was not visible. I've kept the old allow wheel as a spare.
12/2016 17" alloy wheel 48.00 The alloy wheel which was refurbished during January 2016 didn't perfectly match the rest which were refurbished during May 2010. The shade and finish were good, however the metallic content wasn't on par with the others. This wasn't noticeable to most people, but it was to myself when up close. For my birthday present, my dad paid for the old wheel which was buckled to be straightened out. Wheel Works UK / Wicked Wheels carried this out for 48.00 during August 2016 and the wheel was fitted while having new tyres fitted during December 2016.
04/2017 Off-side rear wheel arch 780.00 + 140.00 Following the poor repair carried out by Portslade Panelworks during April 2011, rust recurred at the top of the wheel arch during April 2012 and at the bottom the following month. In preparation for another repair, I purchased an aftermarket rear wheel arch panel / rear wing from a Lude Generation member during July 2012 for 110 + 30 P&P. After the rust had finally penetrated the paint during December 2016, I decided to get it repaired again. This repair took 4 days at Ian Taylor Body Repairs in Horley, Surrey and cost me 780. Apparently, no rust treatment was applied to the previous repair, hence the recurrence. The old rusty repair sections which were cut out were handed back to me and it was obvious the hidden rust was a lot worse inside.
05/2017 Window scraper seals / door moulding assemblies 8.99 Common with other 5th generation Honda Preludes, the rubber on the side window scraper seals / door moulding assemblies was perishing, so much so that the metal underneath was becoming visible. I considered stripping them and spraying them black but decided to use vinyl wrap instead. Some owners simply stick the vinyl wrap on the seals with them left in-situ. For longevity and aesthetics, I decided to remove mine and wrap the wrap around her seals. During October 2016 I sourced a pair of side window scraper seals along with a number of their securing clips from a breaking 2000 Honda Prelude 2.0 located at Pevensey Bay. Unfortunately, afterwards I noticed there was damage to a section of the off-side seal so decided not to use that one. During May 2015 I purchased 1.5m x 0.30m of black satin vinyl wrap through eBay for 8.99. I removed the off-side seal and wrapped it with the black satin vinyl wrap before refitting. Three weeks later, I swapped over the near-side seal with the spare one which I had already wrapped in preparation. As the clips have a tendency to break when removed, I purchased a set of 15 through eBay for 2.81. However, I had enough spare from the breaking Honda Prelude so did not need to use any of the newly purchased clips. The Honda part numbers for the seals are 72410-S30-003 (off-side) & 72450-S30-003 (near side) and they would cost 112.10 each if purchased new from Honda as of June 2017. The Honda part number for a clip is 91527-SZ3-003 and they would cost 3.67 each from Honda.
07/2017 Bonnet & off-side rear wheel arch 180.00 A part of a roof tile had fallen off the block of flats where I live causing a dent near the centre of my car's bonnet with associated paint damage. Also, about an inch of paint damage to the off-side rear wheel arch panel / rear wing had appeared, caused by what I assume was careless opening of a car door next to my car. Both areas of damage were repaired at Ian Taylor Body Repairs in Horley, Surrey during July 2017. The bonnet repair, along with the respray of both front wings, cost 384, however I was later reimbursed by the company which manages the block of flats. Subsequently, these repairs only cost me 180 for the off-side rear wheel arch panel / rear wing repair.