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I've got a guy coming over to give me an estimate on paint for my car. Just out of curiosity, what range would be decent? There are 2 small dents that need to be fixed, body is solid. I know noone can say X amount without seeing the car in person, I'm just trying to get ideas so I don't get taken to the cleaners. They are going to be stripping it, blocking, etc, and I'm looking to do the color my grandfather started painting it before he passed. Firestorm red, off the 96 viper. I'm not worried about a show winning paint job, but don't want some cheap crap that's going to fade and peel in 6 mos. Here's a pic of what the car looks like right now in the garage.

 

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take the number you have rolling around in your head and multiply it by about 5. i bought a pint of red paint for my dash 2 weeks ago. it was $80. just the basecoat. not counting clear and hardener and reducer.
 

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GET THE ESTIMATE IN WRITING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
paint jobs go up quick when little issue arise- not sure what part of NY you are in but location plays a part in pricing, but roughly to strip, body work , prime, block, re prime, shoot jams, then shoot body, clear , cut and buff you can be looking at anywhere from $5000-$15000. and if your painting might as well remove ALL weather stripping and replace it,removing everything you can will save some labor costs( bumpers, marker lights ,trim etc)
 

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well I was figuring on 10k. I have new weatherstripping, have taken off all the trim, the door handle you see is the only hardware left on the car, the marker lights I can take out quick. As far as where in NY, I'm just outside of Syracuse (cny) The front end is just set on with a few bolts, so it won't take much for them to take it apart to paint. By the time they get it to paint it will also have a new edp coated trunk lid on it since it is the only part of this car in rough shape with filler on it.
 

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The "in writing" aspect is critical. I have a good friend who paid 10 grand two years ago up front, and he still hasn't got his car back. Was done initially, was done wrong, and now that the money's been spent, the motivation to redo the car correctly is gone. Get a reputable paint guy, and get it in writing. Ask around, etc. If you try to "make out" and get by under the table and on the cheap, you will get predictable results, all bad. Good luck!
 

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Thanks, I've heard good things about this guy, seen some of his collision work, etc. It is down to him and a guy that is actually doing my uncle's chevelle right now. Waiting on my uncle to call back to let me know what he's paying and to see his work. I have seen a few cars that guy has done as well and they all look great. Both are fairly close so I'll let ya know what I come up with.
 

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I got a quote of $2200 for my Lemans, and 3 weeks to complete, but I strip the trim and all chrome and reassemble. He just painted my Vette and did a great job, base, clear, blue and red pearl in clear, wet sand, buff for $1400. But, I did say I had more work for him if it went well, and it did. Car came out really nice, and took him a week. He removed the door panels, mirrors, door handles, front tag, back masked everything with foam, no paint lines in the jams or under hood.. And he likes doing old cars..
Lemans should be at the body shop right now, but a ticking lifter turned into a flat cam lobe, and an engine pull for detailing..
 

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he tore down the doors, painted it, wet sand and buffed all in just one week. :eek:
Yep, very minimal body work, got hit in the side of the rear bumper, just scraped paint, and 11 years of rash from having a low car. They don't do much insurance work, and the car never got put on the back burner for other cars. But, they didn't have time to get all the bondo dust handprints out of the interior..

My new black Z06 rims are sitting in my family room, need time to get them put on, and have put my blackouts back on it.

My pretty new billet emblems
 
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