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Old 06-23-2009, 07:49 PM
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I was wondering what is a good price to paint a 58 Apache stepside?

Maaco always has there "special" going on but it is kind of scary about how much prep work they bypass. A local shop told me $2500-$3000 just for Black Gloss. Or should I have the college do it? I would do it myself but I have never taken an auto shop class in my life.

Any suggestions about painting prices or anything would be very appriciated.

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Old 06-24-2009, 06:30 PM
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so a buddy of mine told me I should be paying $1000-$1500 for a paint job. He works at a shop but wondering what everyone thinks
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I think 1000-1500 is cheap, that low would probably be a scuff original paint, taping off parts, and shoot same color, no jambs or underhood areas, no bodywork, maybe a factory level with orange peel (no buffing). I'd expect more towards your other estimate, and that being if prep, block sanding and bodywork are very minimal.

Good materials alone to do a complete paint job can easily exceed a grand , not to mention all the labor involved (probably for a decent prep, paint job,jambs, cut and buff, your probably talking in the neighborhood of 100-200 hr x labor rate, so you can see, I wouldn't expect your 1500 figure to get you too much.

Prices depend on area, materials used, amount of work needed to get ready for paint, and also somewhat on how busy or known a shop is, so really a close figure is pretty impossible.
Cost of a paint job is one of the most often asked questions, and it has been discussed here several times in the past, I suggest you do a search.

How much prep is required? that chews up the most hours, and if black, it better be done well and straight, cause if not it will easily show. Is a cheaper line of single stage being used or a top of the line base clear? Lots of variables that can affect price.

The typical collision shop doesn't like to mess around doing complete paint jobs, older vehicles or painting over others work, and very likely used is filler work and could get pushed aside while working on better paying insurance jobs. The labor rate may be a bit cheaper then one more geared towards restorations, but they might be more willing to take it and work on it more often. Of course this is all generalizations.

I suggest you stop by several shops in your area, get a good understanding of what materials will be used and what all will be done for said price, and go with who you are most comfortable with, and be sure to check out references on any shop you are contemplating going with.
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:45 AM
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your buddy must work in a hack shop . 1500 will not cover basic materials and overhead. macco would most likely do a better job.
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$1500 will maybe cover the materials !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:39 AM
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primer, paint, clear, sand paper, etc? all that shouldnt even cost $500 at a max! Dupont paint is not that pricey.
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Let's see---
1 - gal primer and hardner $ 200 minimum
Sealer 100
Color (if it ain't RED) 250
Reducer & hardner 100
Sand paper 150
Tape @ $3 per roll
Masking paper
prepsol
Tac rags, misc items 200
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$1000
And this is loballin everything

Go cheap---ya get cheap.
Hey Apache Boy----
I'd like to see 1 of yer $500 paint jobs ??????????????????????????????

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Old 06-25-2009, 12:08 PM
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u will, i'll get it painted n post pics with a price list. i plan on posting pics of the whole build.
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When I was doing painting for other people , I had a guy come into my shop and ask "what's the cheapest paint job you can do? Told him $50, and you scrape the paint off the windows and chrome. Good paint jobs are in the area of $2000-5000. The job is only as good as the preparation. If they skimp on prep, the paint will look like crap.
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****** worth of mtl on this 1 I just finished.
Not a BC/CC job
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nothing like telling seasoned pro's how it's done . this is as lame as duplicolor . i guess if you use acme cheap **** you might get it done with 500 but i doubt it. do some research before telling professionals how it's done. first off you have no idea what your doing or what you will need.
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:24 PM
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don't forget compound don.......... he's gonna need a lot of it and it aint cheap.
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Let's see---
1 - gal primer and hardner $ 200 minimum
Sealer 100
Color (if it ain't RED) 250
Reducer & hardner 100
Sand paper 150
Tape @ $3 per roll
Masking paper
prepsol
Tac rags, misc items 200
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$1000

Where's the clear????? LOL
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Where's the clear????? LOL
That's just for single stage JC.
Hey Shine--- Is that you or the porchdog snappin???????????
These guys don't have a clue
Let's see ---between U and me we propably got 75 - 80 years paint experiance
Guess we don't know nuttin Huh?
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i dont think 500 would cover omni . too often these guys forget the little stuff.
clean up thinner, wax&grease remover, polish , compound, 10 grits of sandpaper so on and so on. years ago i did one for a friend and made him take the list to the supplier. he went into shock just on basics. for just a scuff and shoot it's not as bad but when you do what we do it is a little more involved .
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