90% of body shop cost are from "labor" But they don't pay out alot. I made $615 per week salary before taxes being the lead painter for a body shop and I considered myself Lucky. It is almost impossible to get a job being the painter. Most body shops use the same painter for years. You have to work as a helper and hope the painter get fired, pissed or retires. And then you have a small chance of being the painter. I worked for 4 years as a helper making $10.50 per hour.So after seeing these examples of paint costs how much are the material costs for a typical bc/cc paint job? I'm just wondering how much of that $5000 charge is for labor?:lookinup:
It took me 2 years of school to get certified and 4 years to become master certified. I was head of my class and had two hand written letters of recommendation from 2 out of 3 teachers (I suck at welding) One letter said I was the "most natural talented person he had ever seen with a spray gun in his 15+ years teaching".
One week after I graduated I went job hunting. I was cocky and thought I knew everything. I thought I was going to be the next painter for Boyd codington ! I went to 20+ body shops within 45 miles. Only one ever called me back. And they offered me a job cleaning up for $8/hr until a spot opened up for me. So I worked for about 6 months as a freaking janitor wile watching others with no formal training get to work on the cars.
But all of that work has it good points. I did grunt work for 10 years and now I have my own shop, and make my own money. I get to choose what cars I paint and when I want to work. I want to take a week off I just finish up what I got and take it. I need help I hire someone.
I got my dream, I get to do a job I love and truly enjoy. And I get to be with my son when ever he needs me. The only issue is my boss is a dick :laughing:
Omni is good paint, I just have little experience with it. I get more of a discount on DuPont products then PPG so I tend to use them more. But their nothing wrong with it.
TCPglobal paint is good, But far from the best. Me personally I would rather use the tcp global bc/cc over a dupont single stage. But many painters would not agree.
Painters like to choose a paint they are comfortable with. For me that is DuPont. I used DuPont for 8 years when I worked for a body shop so I use it now on my own.
How well a paint sprays will depend on the painter and his equipment. Ive seen some painters that can make single stage paint look perfect but struggle with bc/cc.
Automotive painting is a bitch industry. Their is a million ways to screw up but only one way to do it right. No one will ever see the good repairs you do, But everyone will see the bad.
Body shops charge so much because they can, and to protect their selfs. If you spend $1000 on paint materials and the customer dose not like it, thats another $1000 you have to fork out for new material not counting the labor and down time it takes to do it again.
When your like me and offer low cost quality alternatives their is no room for mistakes. If I screw up, I will loose not only the business buy my own money money as well. That leaves me very little room to explore other types of paint. When it comes down to making $1000 or spending $1000 I'm going to stick with a brand I know and trust.
Their is no need to remove the bumpers. That's the amazing part about soda blasting. It removes paint but will not harm chrome, glass or plastics. Go to the eastwood web site they have a cool video of a soda blaster in action.
When I was 16 I bought a 93 s10 blazer with money saved. I lowered it and installed a cowl hood and ground effects.
I took it to three body shops and the cheapest quote I got was $3000 and that was from "Uh-Oh...I got maaco"
The next day I went to a paint store and asked them about paint and the price. He told me it would be $500 for everything.
Before the end of the summer I was enrolled to go to school.
I knew I was way to much of a gear head to afford to pay others to do something I could learn to do.