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Old 10-14-2003, 03:19 PM
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If you already have a sprayer, about how much does it cost to paint a car about the size of a porsche boxter in a gloss black? How well do electric sprayers work? What color is the hardest to mess up?
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your suppost to use pnumatic powered sprayers. I have never heard of a eletric spray gun. Unless you talking about that black and decker that is used to spray fences and house paint.
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You can't use an electric sprayer to get a good paint job on a car, it will look like house paint. It's hard to say how much a paint job will cost. You could slend $500 just on supplies, not to mention the labor involved. Black IMO is one of the easiest colors to spray. It is also the color that shows shabby prep work the best.

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You have to use air, anywhere from $500-1000 with $500 being the average, and you can screw up any paint easily. Look thru the Knowledge Base on tips on painting, get some books from the library, or see if you can hang at one of the local body shops for a few days to see what it takes to paint a vehicle. Maybe you can do a little free work for them letting you hang around. Go to the junkyard and get an old hood to practice on before you ever attemp to paint a complete vehicle. There is a technique to it and some people will pick it up and some won't. Good luck.

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You have to use air, anywhere from $500-1000 with $500 being the average, and you can screw up any paint easily. Look thru the Knowledge Base on tips on painting, get some books from the library, or see if you can hang at one of the local body shops for a few days to see what it takes to paint a vehicle. Maybe you can do a little free work for them letting you hang around. Go to the junkyard and get an old hood to practice on before you ever attemp to paint a complete vehicle. There is a technique to it and some people will pick it up and some won't. Good luck.

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This is the best advice I've ever seen. I remember parking my car across the street from a bodyshop years ago and watching with a pair of binoculars proped up on the dashboard , I wanted to know that bad
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So what supplies do I need? How many gallons of paint? and clearcoat? Seems like you should be able to do it for cheaper than $500. There is a place in Dallas that will shoot the car for $200 after you have done all the prep work and have it primered.
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P.S. What do you guys think of my concept car design? It started as a cadillac sixteen.
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your "concept" car looks basicly like a 2 door version of the car you started with. lowering it and playing with the emblems is hardly a concept car.
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that is like saying making a modern version of a 1967 mustang is not a concept car. The new mustang was one of the most talked about concept cars of the year. And if you can't find any other differences then lowering and "playing with the emblems" then I don't really need your opinion anyway.
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swoodard...you can get it done for less than $500 but you get what you pay for. You can't get steak for the price of a Micky D's cheeseburger. You get what you pay for. The places that will shoot your car for less than $200 have the equivelent of watered down paint. In other words...cheap. It won't last very long. Most people that I know that use them only use them to unload a ride onto someone else. Good, brand name paint supplies are expensive and $500-1000 is on the lower end of good. You go with House of Kolors and expect to double that. Paint jobs that you see on custom rides and even the ones that Jesse James gets for freebies would run the average person $4000 and up. Some consider that a bargain at $4000 although Joe Average does not or cannot spend that kind of money on a paint job. Just check with a body shop what it cost to repair something like a fender that got scratched. You are talking a few hundred just for that. To do it yourself you need an air compressor (preferably 2 stage at least 60 gal) although smaller will do, paint gun of a better brand (HVLP or siphon but HVLP is becoming the norm) sanding supplies (blocks, boards, etc) primers, sealers, tape and masking supplies, and a few other miscellaneous items. Now you have somewhere over a thousand in that if you buy everything new. Now you have to pick out and purchase some paint of a quality brand. You can get the $35.00 stuff off of EBay but don't expect it to last much more than a year without fading, chipping, dulling, and delaminating. Good luck and spend your money wisely.

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