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Offline 04lbram

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How Much Did You Pay For a Paint Job?
« on: June 18, 2005 - 10:39:51 am »
Just curious what your job costed you on the car for those of you who had to paint your car. Take care.

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Re: How Much Did You Pay For a Paint Job?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2005 - 11:16:43 am »

Kind of a confusing questiuon so I hope I got it right....If not just skip this post.

Including 3-4 months of Body work $16,000+  :o

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Re: How Much Did You Pay For a Paint Job?
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2005 - 12:27:24 pm »
Install $2000 worth of sheet metal and paint, about $4500.00.  Media blast car complete $1200.00    :dogpile:

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Re: How Much Did You Pay For a Paint Job?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2005 - 02:58:22 pm »
There really are too many variables for such an open-ended question. You might get a better price comparison based on sand-and-paint scenario? I have been quoted $1500/$2500 in my area for sand/strip and paint with a conventional paint system. There again you will have variables in quality of work, quality of products used, warranty, etc.   Most shops are in the $45-$75+/hr and at those rates, it will add up fast.   
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Re: How Much Did You Pay For a Paint Job?
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2005 - 10:21:44 pm »
As mentioned above, the variables are immense. It also varies from region to region.
I restore muscle cars in northwest Arkansas and if the customer brings us the car with the engine removed and all of the interior and glass removed, we disassemble, soda and media blast, epoxy prime, urethane or polyester prime, block, seal, paint , buff and reassemble. This includes preassembly prior to paint to check body lines and panel alignment. The prices vary but usually start at $6000 plus materials. Rust repair and body repairs are extra. Painted interior parts are extra. Painted suspension parts are extra. We're finishing a rust free '67 matching numbers hemi 4 speed GTX right now. The total bill will be around $8000+. That's probably a lot cheaper than most parts of the country. We're usually backlogged three years or more. There's no such thing as a quickie paint job. It always (repeat...always) snowballs. There's no place to stop if you want the car to be nice. I've seen guys take off one part and end up restoring the entire car. Once the paint is finished, the fun begins. If the budget's tight and you want an average paint job, you might find a technical college that might take on the job. Base/clear materials inc primers, etc. usually run around $1000 for the good stuff. Higher for red. I bought a gallon of red mixing color Friday and my cost was around $500. Before you let a shop paint your ride, check with past customers (as many as possible). Quality work is important, but find out how long it took to complete and how the shop wanted to be paid. A reputable shop usually wants around $1000 to start and will designate a set amount at each stage of the job. We usually ask for $1000 down, $1000 after media blast or soda blast, $1000 when the car is ready to paint and the balance when the car is finished. Some shops work strictly by the hour and charge you for the work performed that month and if the bill isn't paid , the work stops. I've seen shops around here quote a stupidly low price, demand the full amount up front and never finish the car. The owner ends up picking up the car in a thousand pieces (some missing or sold by the body shop) and get totally disiillusioned.
Remember, you get what you pay for. Cheap paint jobs look cheap.
Good luck and I hope you find a good shop.
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Re: How Much Did You Pay For a Paint Job?
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2005 - 10:41:37 pm »
Kind of hard to say. My bodyman is my sister's boyfried of 5 years, so he is giving me a hella deal. I am helping him out a its kinda balancing out. I stripped the whole car and welded in a couple patches. However, all serious bodywork is being handled by him with me only lending a hand. He is charging me 3k plus materials for all the bodywork and paint. Keep in mind that I have over a grand in materials. He agreed that he only gets paid if the car looks amazing and I am 100% satisfied. The car is going to be painted go-mango with gold pearl, so its considered a custom paint job. Part of the reason that he is going to do it for so cheap(other than I am pretty much family) is because my car is going to be a drivable business card. In the end, I will have a total of 4k for a well an 8k++ paint job  :cool:
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Re: How Much Did You Pay For a Paint Job?
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2005 - 11:09:30 pm »
With just the work done at the bodyshop already, I have $2,450.00 into just the work required to get some paint applied and to get the body somewhat ready for its top coat of paint.  As a complete paint job, I'd estimate mine costing me a grand total of around $4,000.00 to get it all painted and buffed out.  That's using a Base/Clear 2 stage FC-7 Plum Crazy paint by PPG. :thumbs:
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Re: How Much Did You Pay For a Paint Job?
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2005 - 12:06:46 am »
what it cost or what its worth ...LOL
on my cuda I did all the body work and paint work my self, plus I never bought one repairpanel as I bent them myself so I only had $60 to 100 bucks in the body panels myself . As for paint I had 6 gal of base clear aluminum flake so I had the paint store mix it an set the proper ratio of hardner etc and the guy gave me a deal for $75 then I paid $100 clear urethane top coat so if you add primer, sand paper ,all the little crap I'd call it another $200 so in total cash layout I have about $475 to 500 in my paint job figure my labor in to it and it get real expensive kwik

Offline Johnny Cuda

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Re: How Much Did You Pay For a Paint Job?
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2005 - 04:12:16 pm »
I'm payin $7,000 for mine, minor body work included. It's a color change as well. I pulled the motor, tranny, and wiring as well as all
exterior parts and interior parts.  :cool:

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Re: How Much Did You Pay For a Paint Job?
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2005 - 08:46:14 pm »
I paid 4000 for my paint and body work.  It came out pretty good and there was a very little filler used.  Welding was done even on the tiny holes instead of just filling them in.  I brought the car to them as a shell.  The only thing that was on it was the suspesion and the dash.  I will probably end up doing the car again down the road like putting it on a rotisserie so they can really get into the cracks, but I could not have asked for a better paint and body job for the time and money.  I am very satisfied.

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Re: How Much Did You Pay For a Paint Job?
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2005 - 08:47:54 pm »
Thanks guys. Looks like I might wait a while lol. So looks like $4k to $8k range is the going rate so far depending. Hmmm... I guess I need to learn how to paint myself huh? lol.
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