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Old 08-17-2005, 12:38 PM
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I agree take as much trim off as you can to save you money. If you can find a shop willing to work with you, you could do bodywork and sanding and have them spray a few coats of quality primer over the bodywork and whatever needs it on the car, then you could do the sanding and blocking and getting ready for paint. This may be hard to find though, most bodyshops don't do completes in the first place, and finding one to paint over someone elses work is going to be even harder. Then have them shoot the paint. Prep is the majority of the work with the most hours. People seem to think it can all be done in a day, which is not the case if taking off trim, prepping, spraying, and wetsanding and buffing out afterwards. Not having the tools and having to do everything by hand is going to be a lot of work though. Or maybe you can look for someone doing work on the side to hopefully save some money. Ask them if they have any references and check them, and see if you can see something they worked on to check out the quality of the work. Another option is to check out your local tech school. Many of these only require you pay for the materials. May be hard to get your car in though. If all these fail, well then there is maaco and other quicky production shops. If you do the sanding and remove trim and moldings your results may be better then if you didn't.
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