Originally Posted by JOHNSHENOUDA
I wanted to have my 84 red corvette painted. there are a few chips and a small hole near the door handle where one of Detroit's finest had a failed attempt at theft. Also the front trim piece on the bumper needs to be replaced. I bought the trim and it appears that the front bumper will need to come off in order to remove the old and replace it. I had a local custom shop who does amazing custom work quote me $6500. Way out of my league. Anyways I was talking to a guy that does restoration work and he told me they have been using this local Maaco and the work is fantastic. I saw an old Dusenburgh a 55 Lincoln, a 40 Ford, and they all looked great. I was astonished that Maaco does that. I called the guy at Maaco and he said it would be in the $1500 range. When he saw the car and factored in the trim and the hole, etc, he quoted me $1800. He said he would be using a urethane not a base coat/clear coat. He said with a solid red it would not be necessary. The car will not be dismantled and it will not be color sanded or rubbed. Does this sound reasonable? He said color sanding and rubbing would be $350 but it should not be necessary. Can I sand and rub myself if necessary? I should add that the owner of the Maaco seemed real nice and professional. He took me for a tour and should me three more restoration projects, so evidently someone trusts him. Now his manager who quoted me on the other hand had real shifty eyes. I am typically a good judge of character and I just did not feel real comfortable with this manager. Can anyone shed some light on this before i just jump right in.
You can always move to Seattle where some dip-stick did over a thousand dollars of damge to the driver side door of my old truck to get in and steal a 50 dollar J.C. Whitney radio. Nothing else, not my check book nor garage door opener that were in the glove box; just the cheap sh## radio.