Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: w/of Sacramento
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Re: Average cost of Paint Job?
I used to do cars for a hobby. I used only Sherwin-Williams...long story-Fabulous product.
Part of your question should include how far down you wish to go, just cleanup of a good base, or all the way to shiny metal.
Breakdown of materials alone you should figure in the neighborhood of:
prep materials $100, which is some 50 grit paint buster, 80 grit cutter, 150 grit, couple qts of bondo, 240 & 320 grits to finish the primer.
Primer-sealer or Primer-surfacer, now days its all high tech "use it or loose it" mixes, poly or urethanes: $150-200/gal with reducer
Color, basecoat/clearcoat type, which is what we have on the truck now, $200-300/gal with reducer
Clearcoat, again about $300-350/gal.
The last car I painted was my daughter's '62 bug in 2000, I used S-W Multitones Green/Purple (@$300/pt for the color-I bought 3 pts of color alone), her paint job inside and out came to around $1500 in just materials.
Yes, there are the Earl Shives " I can paint any car for $199.95, but what are you getting??
If you want to have someone else do the work, spend some of Your time taking everything of the body yourself and give them just the bare truck, i.e. bumpers, grills, rubber, stainless, emblems, etc.
A "real" paintjob can get very expensive in a great big hurry, its all in what you want.
2000 sc-lb, 4x, auto