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Old 06-20-2005, 06:28 PM
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Sorry if this has been covered before. I am on the downhill side of getting my 48 Chevy street rod done. And just got a quote for Paint and body work, its in the 25 K range and I wanted to hear if this was way out of line, or in the normal range for a first class job. The shop I am taking it too does extremely good work and I was lucky to even get them to agree to do it? So guys what do you think?

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Are you talking about $25,000.00? For a paint job?!? I may be way out of line on this, but that seems awfully high. You could buy a lot of equipment and spend a year experimenting, painting and rubbing for that kind of money. But hey, if you got it to spend, go for it. I would definitely check around, though.

I'd like to have that much to spend on the whole car!!
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Are you talking about $25,000.00? For a paint job?!?
I'd like to have that much to spend on the whole car!!
I would too, That is a lot of $$ for a paint job. What type of job will it be? I hope to have less than that in my complete build up on my 31 Ford. And if you do pay that much will you drive it after it is done? I would be afraid that it would get a stone chip or something.

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If you're building a show car that's not out of line but if you're not going to be a serious competitor then don't waste your money. A top quality job can be had for about 1/3 of that and a really nice job can be had for in the neighborhood of $5000. Now if you have a serious amount of bodywork that has to be done you can figure an additional charge of around $30 an hour for that work above the paint price.
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Look at it this way....How much is your 48 Chevy worth now, and how much will it be worth after you sink another 25G's into it?

Personally, I don't think that it will be anywhere worth the expense.

If we saw some pictures, we might get a better idea of what you are up against.
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$25K paint & bodywork ???

Are you looking at some super expensive paint($1-3K per gallon)?
Is your car really rotten and crashed?
Is your car a convertible or woody wagon (only 2 body styles worth $25K going in???
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I have a pretty clean 4 door fleet, they are going to pull the body off, blast the frame and paint that to match the car, then shave the door handles, frenched headlights, fix every ding. But also put in new Rockers and sills. pretty much do everything. then put a show paint job on the car. I do plan on showing although not looking to compete with the 200K rods in Pleasanton every august.
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I wouldn't call that 25 G's for a paint job.....It's more of a complete restoration....makes more sense now.....................
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Well, the whole story has emerged from the haze...

and the $25K doesn't look so bad after all.
Folks often forget that the "bodywork" part of the phrase "paint & bodywork" is the really expensive part of the job, especially if your car is rotten, needs much panel replacement, and ding/dent repair. The bodyman is the fella that makes or breaks a good paint job as he is the one who forms the foundation for that paint job. An old custom painter once told me that he could teach a monkey to do a great paintjob, but if the bodyman produced inferior work the paint job would be inferior as well.
That's why I always recommend buying the best and most complete car you can 'cause the big money will be spent on the body. A drivetrain can cost any amount you're willing to spend, but the bodywork and paint will almost always be more.
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Sorry for the confusion guys, I had to clarify after I figured otu I didnt give you all the info. I have done quite a bit of the rough in work but they are going to nmake sure all teh lines look good. Plus with a dark color getting every ding out is important. I am leaving that part to the pro's. These guys do some real nice work. so I wasnt to worried about that, I just wanted to make sure they were in line with what is the current price.
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