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Offline Scuffletown79RC

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Fair cost for a repaint?
« on: June 14, 2008, 04:58:18 PM »
Getting ready to get a few bids for a repaint. Only one small rust spot on the top about the size of a quarter, and one small scratch on the side, but virtually no dents.

RC is blue now, and all of the vehicle is fine except for the hood and top, where the clearcoat has failed so down to bare paint.

Wanting to make top white and body orange. For a decent paint job what should be an acceptable range as far as cost for a quality job? Can anyone share what they paid and what their experience was?
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Re: Fair cost for a repaint?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2008, 07:20:03 PM »
Couple quick questions to get you a better estimate.  How much trim does your RC have?  Do you plan on removing it for paint?  If so, will it be going back on or are you smoothing the body off and getting rid of it?  Are you getting any of the dings fixed?  Single stage paint or two-stage clearcoat?  Local shop or professional bodyshop?   

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Re: Fair cost for a repaint?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2008, 07:39:26 PM »
Going to have it sanded and prepped by a body shop. Just took a really close look, and there are actually only 2 dings about the size of a half dollar each.

It has virtually no trim. It was removed when the previous owner had it painted. Standard front and rear bumper, no trim strip down the sides. Just the Ramcharger emblems.

The top was not removed for the last repaint, so there may be some extra work when the top is removed to prep where they met.

I will be going for 2 stage clearcoat.

Does the previous paint have to be completely removed, or just the clearcoat and then making the surface ready to paint over?
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Re: Fair cost for a repaint?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2008, 09:26:02 AM »
If the factory paint is not peeling, they can scuff sand it and paint over it.

I stripped the modling, glass, seals, and interior out of my RC and got a few estimates from different shops. I got a quote of $7,500 from a shop known for doing high quality muscle cars & rods. I got a quote of $5,200 from a recommended shop in town, but that I'd never heard of.

In the end, I have a friend that owns a paint shop, but was in the middle of building a new shop & paint booth, so had to wait a few months for him to do it. His bid was $4,000 and I had the comfort of knowing him for a long time (we went to high school together).

All three prices included doing a color change. The original was green, but I went with a newer green, and changed the top to khaki. He also painted the metal parts of the interior, the metal dash skin, door jambs, underhood & tailgate.

With a color change, you will need to do the door jambs, interior metal parts and underhood to make it look right. It will probably cost $4,000 to $5,500 depending on the shop and amount of work you are willing to do. If you strip everything they would have to before getting started, you can save $1,000 to $1,500 and don't have to worry about the shop loosing your trim.

BTW, my paint job turned out really well. I'm very happy with it. The truck is not totally back together yet, but here is a shot from when I picked it up at the paint shop.
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Re: Fair cost for a repaint?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2008, 07:05:46 PM »
On my deal, which included sanding in most areas to bare metal, prepping, floor pan work, doors hung, all panels aligned, etc it was $5000 from a guy whom I trust and is a friend.  Based on the amount of time he put in, it probably should've a good bit more considering everything he did.
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