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Old 05-03-2007, 08:48 PM   #1
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Hi I was wondering what the cost to get a late 70's Corvette painted was? Not a cheap job a perfect paint job. What does a really good paint job usually cost?
I'd like a price range of

1.The original Color Repaint?
2. Color change paint?

Mabey
3. Both prices of them on a near perfect car?
4. Both prices on an Average to rough body?

All prices for a Show Perfect, Flawless Jet Black paint job!
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:03 PM   #2
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Perfect paint, color chage or not, will be around $10,000
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:35 PM   #3
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Why so much?

-Sorry for partial thread jack
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:09 PM   #4
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Take a look at this site, http://www.autobody101.com/forums/ and you will find the answers you are looking for. There are a lot of pros that hang there that will explain why a "perfect" paint job will cost you well into the thousands.
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:34 PM   #5
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Take a look at this site, http://www.autobody101.com/forums/ and you will find the answers you are looking for. There are a lot of pros that hang there that will explain why a "perfect" paint job will cost you well into the thousands.
WOW, really cool web site, I can almost relate to most of what there talking about. Thank Man
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:37 PM   #6
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Your very welcome , here is another great site, this one really caters to the beginner http://autobodystore.com/forum/index.php
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:57 PM   #7
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What's important to remember is that materials alone, sandpaper, primer, ect...plus paint is $2000.00 for high end stuff. And thats if you make no mistakes and don't have to go backwards...
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Old 05-04-2007, 06:50 PM   #8
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Your very welcome , here is another great site, this one really caters to the beginner http://autobodystore.com/forum/index.php
Thanks again, I've got another favorites linked to a great web site.

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Old 05-05-2007, 02:49 AM   #9
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A perfect black paint job on one of these cars will cost a lot more than $10K.. I see you think the body is rough to average, it will be probably quite the extensive body prep job, not to mention the time to strip , seal and block the car... I don't think you can do all of that in 100 hours and a guy that can do a perfect black paint job of mirror-like show quality is going to get at least $80- per hour for shop time. I think you better jack that up to $20K. It might be wise to paint it white.. shows fewer imperfections. If you want to do flippy colour change paint add about $2k for the paint alone but subtract for some of the blocking as it is difficult to see the detail on a car with that material on it.. If you just meant a colour change from say red to black and you want perfection you will have to have the body removed after disassembling the interior, add another $3-5K for taking it apart and putting it back together. Before anyone says I am crazy , remember the "rough to average" part...

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Old 05-05-2007, 02:46 PM   #10
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I think its all perception and what the market brings in your area.. Some places will be much less for the same type paint work than other..

Perception is a huge factor.. What one person calls show paint, someone else would call it cruise in car/show at your local burger joint on a Saturday night paint..


Close to perfect paint is mostly in the prep.. All panels have to be perfectly straight and that requires lots of hours.. You can drop an easy 300 hours on doing a show car paint job.. Thats for standard paint job with some stripes
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Well this thread kind of goes back to the old " If you have to ask..." saying.

Actually, its just up to the individual to budget. It can take all of your money, however much that is. For instance, the full classic cars, with many parts and details, for example Packard 1108, Mercedes 540K special roadster ect..are spending about $150,000 for paint for Pebble Beach these days.



Here's the way it goes:

1. Take all the money you can afford to spend on a paint job.

2. remove 30 percent and put it in a jar.

3. find a shop that swears it will do the job as you demand for what you have left in your hand.

4. Wait twice as long as you were promised, fix more than you expected elsewhere...

5. Pay for the job, and spend the last 30 percent for the cost overruns that could not be avoided...

6. Drive home ahead of a cop married to your ex wife behind a gravel truck. With faulty turn signals.

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Old 05-05-2007, 10:50 PM   #12
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Here's the way it goes:

1. Take all the money you can afford to spend on a paint job.

2. remove 30 percent and put it in a jar.

3. find a shop that swears it will do the job as you demand for what you have left in your hand.

4. Wait twice as long as you were promised, fix more than you expected elsewhere...

5. Pay for the job, and spend the last 30 percent for the cost overruns that could not be avoided...
THAT is the voice of experience!
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:39 PM   #13
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The reason it cost so much is because of labor.

but 10K for paint job start by doing all the grunt work yourself Like I do find a painter in your area who knows what he is doing and you do all the prep and have them paint the car.

have them inspect your work before laying paint but you should be able to get a great paint job for ALOT LESS than 10K
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:58 PM   #14
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As most have already identified, the cost is in the labor. It really depends on the condition of the car before you deliver it. The less work needed before paint means lower cost at most shops. Some will charge you regardless and just make more money regardless, they expect the worse and charge for it. Pricing is purely subjective as to what is being done. Realize that if you want a color change it will require dismantling a lot more pieces to ensure the evidence of the previous color is gone. Expect a complete to start around $4k and go up from there dependent on what all needs to be done. Final result will be almost purely dependent on the the shop you choose. Show quality to one shop may not be the same as another. If you want to gain a proper perspective of what it takes just sand your entire car at least three times and buff it to a fine polish. This will be assuming car is prepped and ready for paint when you deliver it. It's a lot of work.
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