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Old 08-25-2003, 03:04 AM
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How much for a decent paint job?

I have a 68 GTO that needs paint bad. If I pull all the exterior trim myself, how much should I expect to pat for a decent paint job?

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Old 08-25-2003, 04:39 AM
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Shoot for around a grand with very minimal body work. Could be a lot more. Might be a little less.

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Old 08-25-2003, 07:16 AM
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Depends on the area you live and the quality expected- around here they want $2000 to start- no bodywork- that's why I learned to do it myself. Read books and articles and for the 2 grand you can get all the equipment and start painting others rides- making some $$$$ and still having some left over!!!!
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Depends. If your talking about shooting the paint over the existing paint (aka Earl Schieb/Maaco), you can get away for as little as $400 or so, and go up to a couple thousand. If you're talking about stripping down to bare metal and priming/painting, you'll be around $4000 minimum, and that's if no surprises are found (bondo/rust) and no bodywork is needed. Keep in mind there are ALWAYS surprises on these old cars.

The quickie respray job is probably fine if you're not concerned about show quality and are happy with a few years life out of the paint job. Obviously, if you want perfect body lines, uniform finish and gloss, and long life you must go the bare metal route.
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That is the most commonly ask question on this forum. It is ask atleast once a week.

The most reasonable price for a paint job in your area is whatever the shops in your area are charging. It is as simple as that. Every area is different. You get what you pay for, nothing more, sometimes less.
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Old 08-26-2003, 07:04 AM
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What adtkart says is very true, and people also have to keep in mind that not everyone on the board even lives in the same country. There could be HUGE differences in cost depending on what country you live in. Same goes for quality.

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whats a good price for a paint jub

You will get what you pay for. If you have some talent you can do yourself a favor and paint your car. The $2000 paint job will get you by for a while but the $6000 paint job will last the longest and be of higher quality. Remember, you get what YOU pay for!




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All these answers are very true. My point of view, preparation is 95 0/0 of a paint job. Stand back, look your car over and ask yourself "self, what do I want out of this car?"changing colors involves removing bumpers, trim, most of the time doors, fenders, hood, trunk lid, anything that's going to get in the way. preparing the areas, trimming them out, putting the car back together again, all time consuming, not to mention any surprises you may encounter, rust, hidden collision damage, so on. Do you want perfect body panels? straight, no waves? You can save thousands by doing this yourself, learn as you go, bodywork is fairly easy, very correctable and forgiving. Allow yourself LOTS of time to get the job done. There's a ton of information on this board. You sound like you have a nice car to start with, go for it. Dan
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Re: whats a good price for a paint jub

[QUOTE]Originally posted by tm454
[B]You will get what you pay for. If you have some talent you can do yourself a favor and paint your car. The $2000 paint job will get you by for a while but the $6000 paint job will last the longest and be of higher quality. Remember, you get what YOU pay for!


Although you do get what you pay for to an extent, price does not guarantee quality. You can get a $500 job for $6000, but are not likely to get a $6000 job for $500. Check on the quality and reputation of any shop before buying.
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My ride was just painted for 500 the rust on the door was fixed and a different front valnce was put on, but they didn't paint the door jambs or inside of doors I am happy with it compared to what it looked like but after monday will have to take it back already cause it's bublling under door handle and few lil things. I was quoted 2,000 plus from maaco said they had to strip it bare I could nearly buy a different car for that price.
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I have asked the same question of several club members when I inquire about painting my rod. One older fellow gave me some very good advice. He said, I have seen $7000 paint jobs that looked like $2500 paint jobs, and I have seen $2500 paint jobs look like $7000 paint jobs. Just depends on who's doin it.

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The labor rate in wisconsin is $42.00 a hour plus materials.
you can figure on spending

$200.00 for a gallon of epoxy primer&hardner
$200-300 " " primer filler&reducer&hardner
$200-350" " paint and reducer
$100 2 quarts sealer&hardner&reducer
$200-300" "clear coat&hardner
$300 in sandpaper
$20.00 a gallon plastic filler

there is no way to be able to give an exact estimate for a paintjob untill the paint is stripped because you never know what is underneath the paint the plastic filler

The last complete paint job i did costed the guy $10,000 for materials,labor, misc trim parts, trunk lid, rear bumper,

I did a 68 gmc nut and bolt restoration that tipped the scales at about $40,000.
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My ride was just painted for 500 the rust on the door was fixed and a different front valnce was put on, but they didn't paint the door jambs or inside of doors I am happy with it compared to what it looked like but after monday will have to take it back already cause it's bublling under door handle and few lil things. I was quoted 2,000 plus from maaco said they had to strip it bare I could nearly buy a different car for that price.
Bluers... The problem with the paint bubbling under the door handle is common when the handles and trim are not removed before repaint. Also I wonder how the rust was repaired on the door for that price. Filling the holes with body filler is not repairing, it's just temporarilly covering it up. It will be back shortly. And as far as being able to buy another car for the price quoted by Maaco, you're right, you can, but in what condition? Also have to question the quality of the paint used at that price, since it cost me that much in materials, to paint a 67 Mustang.

I have painted several cars of my own and belonging to others. I have dealt with body shops for years and still have a problem with $10,000 paint jobs. Unless it is a custom design with flames or something of that sort, it is extremely overpriced, in my opinion. Some of the paints are extremely expensive, but they are not usually the ones used in those types of paint jobs that I have seen. The majority of the work is the prep for painting. The best painter in the world can't make a car that wasn't prepped right look good. A lot of shops want to overcharge for paint jobs, because it makes them appear to be better than the other shops in that area. They must be better, they cost alot more!

Price does not mean quality, but you have to question the quality when the price is too low.
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Uh...I'll take the $7000.00 paint job for $2500.00 please.
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It's the first time I've ever had a car painted, and I'm not a body expert but I do understand what your saying about the rust it can come anytime anyplace. By the way the paint in my opion makes the car look new it's blue metallic, they say it was urethane, and when income is low as it is for me I went with the 500 job it came with a warranty on the rust so I'll take it back as long as I have to. The thing about the 2000 job I'd told them that I'd fix the rust and do what I had to, of course you could say I should have done this then got prices but if I can't be on level with someone forget it, a friend would guide as I said I don't work on cars but am trying to learn all I can, it's all about the right price. I just wanted their ad special 200 and some dollar job but I wonder if anyone ever leaves that place with a 200 job. My friend who has painted cars some people spend years trying to get their ride perfect well I'm not going that far with it's a material object.
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