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Old 02-05-2005, 05:04 PM
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Pricing Paint jobs

How would you go about pricing a paint job. I have a lot of friends that what things painted but I am not too sure what to tell them. Its anything from a small mirror cover to a front bumper, even a whole car. I never take any of the jobs because of this. And this summer I already have 5 guys that want stuff painted. If anyone could give me a basis of how to charge that would be great. Im not looking to charge crazy amounts, just something to help out with some school bills.


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Old 02-05-2005, 05:54 PM
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Oh, the million dollar question.

Most of us that have worked in shops can in our head give a figure, for normal work.

Second best for spot work would be go to a couple of small shops and see if they have an old Mitchell Crash Guide. book they will give you. Reason I said small shops is most are now on line so they don't get the set of books every month.

In these books will have an hourly rate to paint any car or panel.
So if that VW fender says 2.2 hours to refinish, all you have to do is add for the ping-ding.
Next would be what is your hourly shop rate in your area, if its $40 an hour, you might charge $30 & materials charge of 10-15% of total price.

$30. x 2.2 = $66. refinish charge.
$30 x 2 = $60 ping ding
=$126 + supplies
I am not up on the supply charge as I know the insurance companies have been playing games with those figures.
Some areas they have caps of $275 -$350 for a major job.

Funny, I was just thinking in 30 years I have never been paid by a friend or relative to fix their car, not even materials!
Your smarter than I am!
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Small shops out here usually charge about 1500-3000 depending on body-work. The big shops will charge double for a paint job each but just depends.
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