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: whats a good price?



cammok5
October 9th, 2009, 04:24 PM
how much is reasonable for a high quility paint job? i got one price so far and it was 4000. i know the guy and he does good work but i thought that was high. am i wrong?

wildthing
October 9th, 2009, 04:40 PM
that sounds like a good price , but it depends. how much work is needed to the car yet ? is it done and ready to shoot ? does it need blocked , rust fixed , taken apart ?
from what i have seen 3 to 5 thousand is about a going price for a quality paint job.

Mercougar67
October 9th, 2009, 08:11 PM
I have paid $7500 for show quality paint jobs recently. This involves no rust repair and only minor bumping. $4000-$5000 gets you very nice driver paint that the untrained eye would think is a show quality job. The difference in the price is two more coats of primer and blocking in between. I mean hand blocking each time with a a guide coat by a guy who knows what he's doing. For $7500 you also get color sanding and 3 stages of rub. For $4000 you can expect 1 coarse rub and a wax.

JoeXR7F93C
October 9th, 2009, 08:30 PM
I just got my door on the tC painted and blended this week after a run in with my mother in-law and a high curb for $60, so if I multiply that times the other 6 or 7 panels that's what I pay... But then again I work at a body shop. $4k is reasonable, you need to state your expectations (how perfect you want it) up front with your body shop/man so you are not dissapointed.

cougar1
October 10th, 2009, 08:01 AM
Too many variables to answer properly on this. If you post some pictures of the car with what needs to be repaired, then you may get a better answer.

As said before "how much work is needed to the car yet ? is it done and ready to shoot ? does it need blocked , rust fixed , taken apart ?"

You may want to get a few estimates and compare.

Bad69cat
October 10th, 2009, 05:59 PM
I was quoted about 4K if I brought it in - ready to shoot....no body work. Looking back that sounded like a better idea than painting it twice and all the work it took. But I learned a lot I suppose, and I got a great compressor now! ;>) High quality can be interpreted many ways...show winner not for 4K.

c7xr7
October 10th, 2009, 07:10 PM
I'm going to go along with this estimate - 10 years ago a really good paint job on a no rust, non-damaged Cougar ran me $6200. Depending on what you need I would say $7500 may be low these days. "High quality" is a pretty wide-open description.

I have paid $7500 for show quality paint jobs recently. This involves no rust repair and only minor bumping. $4000-$5000 gets you very nice driver paint that the untrained eye would think is a show quality job. The difference in the price is two more coats of primer and blocking in between. I mean hand blocking each time with a a guide coat by a guy who knows what he's doing. For $7500 you also get color sanding and 3 stages of rub. For $4000 you can expect 1 coarse rub and a wax.

woodsnake
October 10th, 2009, 07:29 PM
You can maybe get a course rub down town for 50 bucks, if you know what corner to shop on.....:eek:

Four-55
October 10th, 2009, 09:29 PM
You can maybe get a course rub down town for 50 bucks, if you know what corner to shop on.....:eek:

Just a guess but i bet those corners are far and few between in Idaho.....


I guess I am just cheap but I never paid over 3K for just a paint job......

Jon Manning
October 11th, 2009, 02:00 PM
Man, I wish I could have found prices like that when I was doing my last two cars. Granted both my cars were color changes,but no rust repair or basically any body damage. The cougar was 11,500 and they didn't even have to pull the vinyl top and my Torino was 10,800. I guess don't come to Michigan if you want your cars painted. And actually I wasn't 100% satisfied with either one of them.

Al Bundy
October 11th, 2009, 02:20 PM
Man, I wish I could have found prices like that when I was doing my last two cars. Granted both my cars were color changes,but no rust repair or basically any body damage. The cougar was 11,500 and they didn't even have to pull the vinyl top and my Torino was 10,800. I guess don't come to Michigan if you want your cars painted. And actually I wasn't 100% satisfied with either one of them.

For that kind of money I'd be 100% satisfied or they'd be painting them again.

Smith Brother
October 11th, 2009, 02:26 PM
I truly LOVE Michigan, but the truth is, THOSE HIGH PRICES YOU PAID, ARE THE RESULT OF UNIONS and CORP PEOPLE AGREEING TO WAGES, ETC THAT JUST COULDN'T BE RETAINED OVER THE LONG HAUL, and JUST ABOUT DROVE THE CAR MAKING FUTURE OUT OF MICHIGAN. IMO.


Dale in Indy

wdwrdcrzr
October 11th, 2009, 06:00 PM
Body shops are not organized in Mi. Politicians and law makers drove the auto industry out of Mi. Along with manufacturing nation wide.

Jon Manning
October 11th, 2009, 06:27 PM
Well I'll tell you what, I'm out of a job right now(manufacturing)and not because I made to much or because of the unions.

Smith Brother
October 11th, 2009, 08:01 PM
I'm SORRY, but the record is clear, VERY CLEAR. Demands by the unions, and a WEAK Corp. backbone was the problem.

My bests friends are retired auto union members and they FINALLY admit that they were treated/spoiled to much with wages, and benifits that over the LONG HAUL just couldn't be paid for.

Dale in Indy

Jon Manning
October 12th, 2009, 10:12 AM
Well Dale all have to say is BULL$HIT. I don't know how this thread got turned around from affordable paint job's to this political crap. So I will start off by apologizing to the rest off the clan here. But I really have to state my opinion here as I'm invloved with this major turn down of manufacturing jobs. As far as your best friends are concerned I'd have to bet the majority of them have been retired for awhile. I just was in a Ford plant in Dearborn last fall, I haven't worked for Fords since the early 70's but it was a totaly 180 turn around from when I worked for them. Example: you know how the janitors would just stand around and smoke cigerettes all day and get paid for it(i'm sure you heard of those kind of stories) I had to ask when I was there, who was doing all the mopping, trash, etc. He told me it was an outside company making like $8.00 an hour. One member on here was slinging snot about were he work one time about having to stack parts in a bin so the pansy a$$ guy on the line had it easy. Well in reality(I know this from experiance)it made the work twice as hard. Because at one time they would have two guy's putting parts in a feed chute, well they discovered if packed a certain way it was possible for one man to do the job. And by the way there was no extra pay or bonuses. As far myself were I worked which was a U.A.W. shop I was making about $10.00 an hr. less then the average autoworker, I went through a total of 10 years without a raise and had to pay out of pocket $62.00 a week towards my own health insurance. By the way that's even when times were good and our company's stocks were up. O.k. lets bring up the word NAFTA. So lets talk about greedy corparate america, lets send these jobs over seas where we don't have to pay the american dollar and still get a tax break. This is not only related to automotive but to other manufactoring sectors. Well now that theres so many people out of work there isn't enough people to buy there products. It's funny that they didn't want to pay the american dollar but they want the american people to buy there products. By the way with all this outsourcing and all this savings, have you seen the prices of automobiles come down? NO. I'm to the point now I just say good, the people that voted to put these people in charge got what they deserve. A broken america! Again I apologize to the people here and the way off topic thread. This is just an opinion of a person who is actually in the middle of this manufactuing turn down and who actually has been on the inside and just not here say. Dale, sorry if I came of on the strong side, but I'm living the hell right now. If any of you actually make it to the end of this long thread that have lost there job because of what ever, lets here from you. Maybe if someone wants to start another thread? Sorry cammok5 for venting on your thread.

vidro
October 12th, 2009, 12:31 PM
$4000? The highest paint job I was quoted was $6000.That was a full tear off but no body work. The low end was $1800, that was “as is” no jambs or body work.
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One problem with getting any kind of full body paint jobs is most paint and body shops make their money off insurance claims , so most don’t do full body shoots unless no other work is showing up.<o:p></o:p>
I was wondering the other day after all my labor, bondo, sandpaper, and $600 worth of paint at the automotive store, is it worth DIY? I have yet to get the paint on car so I can’t really say 100%. But even if with all the paint and extras and there are a few flaws, I believe at this point I’m still ahead of the game. The reality is at those kind of prices quoted to me this car would never get painted. <o:p></o:p>

Smith Brother
October 12th, 2009, 03:17 PM
My point was this, the HIGH hourly wages, coupled to the benifits paid may have had an affect on what the other people in the auto repair/paint shops felt they could/did charge you for your paint work. When people see what other's are making in a field like theirs, well often they say, HEY, IF THEY CAN GET THAT MUCH, SO CAN I. It's kind of like IT'S THE GOING RATE, SO JOIN IN.

My friends retired in the late 80's and early 90's.

Sorry you are having issues, didn't mean to make it personal, not my way of living.

You stated what you paid, and all I did was make a point/opinion as to what might have contributed to such. I had no intention to change the direction of the thread, NONE.

Love this site,

Dale in Indy

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