Hello ..... Any advice on what I would expect to pay on a very good paint
job ( for a 69 camaro .... I plan on keeping it Cortez silver ) Complete
car body, needs prepped & painted. Extremely minimal body work ... going
for the enamel / clear coat. I am not looking for the extreme perfection,
but I do expect near perfect. I have all the emblems & trim ( that I can
install myself ). I was told to expect $2500 - $3000 .... Does this sound
like a fair guess of what to expect estimates to run me ?? I heard of
people paying $ 8,000 and up for paint work .... which would be a reall
bummer & a very good reason for my wife to kill me, ... leave me ( or both
) Thanks in advance.
Sounds pretty fair to me. The last time I painted one of my cars I
paid $1,000 just for the clearcoat, a quart of paint, and the
chemicals and materials that go with the job. I already had the base
colors paint on a shelf so all told I probaly had $1,500 in materials.
So the $3,000 if a really fair price IMO.
68' Camaro RS
88' Firebird Formula
00' Mustang GT Vert
Probably more info than you were looking for here...
I paid $3,500 to take my '89 Z28 (convertible) from red to black. It
didn't require any bodywork since it was in near perfect condition.
The price included painting the door jambs, inside trunk, underside of
the hood, inside engine compartment, etc. Also included a new stripe
kit and all new emblems except the 2 lower ones on the rocker panels.
The shop said they weren't being made anymore. I found some online,
but never got around to buying/installing them. Make sure you don't
get overexcited about taking it home as soon as the shop says "you're
ready to go". Look at it CLOSE and in *good* lighting first. There
were flaws that really stood out with black, but I may have easily
overlooked them in another color. I had to tell them it wasn't
acceptable and wanted a couple areas redone. It got a little 'tense'
in some cases, but I especially wanted near-perfection too since
they'd already went over the estimate.
If possibly, make sure you get a written estimate AND warranty in
writing when they're done. I also asked the owner to tell me the
expertise of the guys that'd be doing the work (wanted to make sure
they weren't doing a high school internship or recently-fired from
MAACO!). Mine bordered on a 'good old boy' handshake agreement, and
the shop went over their verbal estimate by more than $300...then a
year later a big bubble appeared in the hood sheetmetal indentation
where the louvres are. Luckily they reprepped/reshot the whole hood
at no cost, but I could've just as easily have been screwed since I
didn't have a piece of paper explaining their warranty.
I'm real happy with it, but the problem now is the interior stands out
and looks like dogsh*t in comparision to the paint due to fading over
the years. sigh...
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