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Old 01-01-2006, 08:27 PM
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Any idea what a good base coat clearcoat paint job should cost?I have been doing them for around 5 grand but everyone tells me that is way too cheap

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Old 01-01-2006, 09:13 PM
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I have a friend who had his 34 Ford Outlaw repainted a two tone candy apple red with some graphics and he paid $8K turnkey.

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I've charged quite a bit less for complete base clear paint jobs, but then again I only do it on the side and don't have the overhead. The going rate of a complete paint job the same color base clear with no jambs underhood area I believe at a collision shop starts at 1500-2000 If they even will take them, and color changes are quite a bit more do to the extra work involve. A collison shop is probably going to be less then what a place more geared toward restoration would be. A big open question. A lot depends on the area and level of the paint job and reputation. Is this just sand in shoot, or does it involve stripping paint, ect. Is it all buffed out afterwards and nearly imperfection free ( I don't think there are many paint jobs that don't have a really small imperfection some where if you pick them apart and look it over really well) I'd say 5,000 grand isn't cheap but not out of line either for a nice paint job, heard that alot of places start at 5-6K and some want a lot more before they will even touch em.
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I've always started at about $2,500.00 for basic exterior paint.. with damage added on top of that.. I mean it's getting painted for a reason. so i start there.. and add for dents ding's, and excessive sanding do to delam or whatever it might be.. but prices can climb very rapidly from this point.. in the next yr I will be changing this to 3k for a starting price.. and go up from there.. If i have a starting price to work from it just makes it easier to figure a final price. as the only thing that needs to get added would be the damage.. but in the real world it doesn't take to long to have a 10k + paint job for those that need rust repair or even panel replacement such as a quarter panel..

although I have to say on the low end a friend of mine that has a shop just painted a 66 impala for 2k, and he sanded and primed everthing, and then wet-sanded and buffed.. he didnt' take anything apart. but still if you ask me its way to cheap and would be hard to make any money at that.. oh yeah to add to that he had to paint the jambs also... ikes..
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