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View Poll Results: What should I get for a $2854.00 paint job?
What should I get for a $2854.00 paint job? 5 62.50%
What kind paint job would you exact for 2854.00? 4 50.00%
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Old 12-09-2006, 07:02 AM   #1
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Paint job and getting my money worth

New Paint. Need you guys to give me a idea of what a $2837.64 paint job should entail. The car is getting a complete color change (Red to Black) and two stripe down the center.


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New Paint. Need you guys to give me a idea of what a $2837.64 paint job should entail. The car is getting a complete color change (Red to Black) and two stripe down the center.

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Now then, a $2837.64 paint job will not be very good (trust me on this). Where are you getting it painted at?
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Old 12-09-2006, 09:09 AM   #3
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Now then, a $2837.64 paint job will not be very good (trust me on this). Where are you getting it painted at?

A quality job with a complete color change should run 6 to 8 K
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:10 AM   #4
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A quality job with a complete color change should run 6 to 8 K[/QUOTE]

DO NOT take that vehicle to just any plain old mom and pop body shop. Complete color, top quality color changes will run your pockets a little deep. I don't know if you plan to drive this car every day but you want it to have some durabilty also. I've read a few body and paint books and believe me, to go from different color families is no easy task. Its your car but would you mind if I suggested maybe staying within the same color but maybe more of a burgundy, candy apple or even a maroon color?? JMO thats all.
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:52 AM   #5
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Now this is not an entirly true statement. If you are going to Macco then yes but if you have found someone looking to break into the biz. then you might be onto something.
This car was painted for $2400 complete color change (used to be silver) pearl in the paint with ghost flames and a mural of crossed flags under the hood. The guy that painted it has since gone on to paint many show winners for a reasonable price. The last pic is real large to show flames.


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I'm not too sure what the hell we're suppose to be voting on in this poll. I agree with the others. I would expect $6k - $8k for a color change done correctly. I also agree you can get lucky with someone breaking into the biz, but it is also a big risk to take. It could cost even more to fix what someone else screwed up.
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To do a color change on a C4 requires removing a good amount of the interior... taking the doors off, etc, etc.

Have they painted a C4 before?
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What degree of perfection are you shooting for?

Do you want showroom quality? Trying to win awards at a car show? Just a nice presentable and durable paint job you won't be ashamed of? Etc.

That'll make all the difference in the final cost.

I painted my 86 for the cost of the DuPont materials, which ran around $600/$700.

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Old 12-10-2006, 06:54 PM   #9
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What degree of perfection are you shooting for?

Do you want showroom quality? Trying to win awards at a car show? Just a nice presentable and durable paint job you won't be ashamed of? Etc.

Tha'll make all the difference in the final cost.

I painted my 86 for the cost of the DuPont materials, which ran around $600/$700.

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Just looking looking for a quality paint job. I'm not getting what I thought. Trim, Hood, doors, Front and rear bumper not coming off. Anybody ever take their car to All star body shop in Clearwater, Florida?
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Old 12-10-2006, 08:11 PM   #10
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well i do agree that if you can a decent paint job for 3000 but if you want to do it right they will have to take everything apart.
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I am also in the process of getting my 85 repainted . My painter wants both the front and rear urethane bumper covers removed, door handles, mirrors, all side and bumper mouldings, and outer rubber window seals. It took some time to do this myself, but it saved me a lot, considering his shop rate is $65 /hr. It was get to know your Vette inside and out, and learn as you go for me, but worth every hour.
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The only way you'll get that price for a "good" paint job will be to disassemble the car yourself, and deliver it to the shop on a flatbed.

The labor to disassemble alone for a C4, to do it right, will cost about $2000. That means they'll be painting the car at cost.

Find a shop that knows what they're getting them selves into.

As an example: I had a reputable tint shop do my C6. He has done C4 and C5 cars before, but not a C6. It took the installer 3 hours, and 3 wasted sheets of film, just to do the rear hatch. He said he'll never do another C6 for the price he gave me.
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Just looking looking for a quality paint job. I'm not getting what I thought. Trim, Hood, doors, Front and rear bumper not coming off. Anybody ever take their car to All star body shop in Clearwater, Florida?
Where in Clearwater is it? I use to live there, on Jasmine Way.

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If the painter uses DuPont's Chroma Premier products (their best), you'll be looking at about $600/$700 in materials That's what MY cost was which may be lower for a shop doing regular business with the supplier. All the rest of the cost will be for labor.

Of course, he may use less expensive/cheaper (meaning not as good) products. Be sure to nail down what he'll use. Remember, each company, DuPont, PPG, Sherman Williams, etc., have different levels/quality products to choose from. For example, DuPont has something called NASON which is a single coat paint and, I believe, their cheapest.

I suspect you'd want Base Coat/Clear Coat though; like the factory used. BTW, last I read, all Vettes are painted with DuPont at the factory.


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My first question would be if he's ever painted fiberglass before? If you're his first go at it, then you might want to reconsider.
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