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OK guys Thunder 1 needs a paint job. It is a 1971 El Camino SS - red with black stripes. It needs the usual patch panels on the quarters and some dings hammered out. I want a driver quality paint job. In other words looks great to some standing beside the road as I drive by.

How much do you think this would cost? With door jams, trunk & hood jams. Without the jams painted. Wiped off with a fairly clean rag before shooting the paint on it.

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Its what you can afford

I once had my local Chevy dealership paint my car for less than $2000 with a clear coat. No jambs. I prepped the car myself. They did an awesome job. Just one tiny sag on the bottom of a quarter. Only I knew it was there.

Prep the car right, get quality paint and a skilled shooter. Its all you need but it is whats NEEDED. Good luck.

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A way to get a really great looking paint job when you are not really a body man or painter (like I am not) is to do all the grunt work yourself. Obviously take off some of the chrome and obvious stuff. But it is REALLY a hassle for the paint guys to do door jambs, interior, beds, around the tail gate areas that don't show when closed etc. Choose you paint place and paint scheme, then discuss what paint system you will be using. You will probably go with a 2 stage system (a color coat and then clear coats) If you are going to go at this pretty quickly, go ahead and scuff and sand all these odd areas, then get the paint color you are using (or 2 if you are doing 2 tone) and apply it yourself. You can even get this paint made in spray cans at a good paint store. If you get a run, sand it off and do it again. Get all these awkward places done, then get it to the shop. They now only have to deal with the large easy areas, yet you will have the complete job you are looking for. They can shoot the clear coat over all their and over yours as well.

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I had my car painted in New York, real nice paint job for cheap as a favor, and it was still around $3K. And the guy that did it didn't make any money off it, and my door jambs and my bed didn't need paint, so yeah, 5-8K would probably be around the right place.
 

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$5000 to $8000 is ridiculous! If your looking to just paint it yourself it would costs WAYY under $1000 (depending on quality of paint). My grandpa and me painted mine for $600. The paint was fairly more expensive because I wanted the brightest orange and the darkest black. Thats prep, paint, sealer, primer, etc etc. And it was a good quality paint job that looked great even up close!

Try it yourself! Watch some youtube videos and learn some basic body work. Look at it this way: you can screw up 3 or 4 times before itd be cheaper to have a pro do it
 

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I gotta go with el camino man... I could never see 5k on anything other than a Bentley... Lol unless your elky is gonna be in a museum I'd definitely consider buying a good sprayer set up and doin it yourself. Me nor my dad had sprayed a thing in our lives until I bough my beat up civic for my first car. Prep bondo and all for under 900 and if I do say so myself she came out pretty good. You can also consider spraying it yourself then just paying a reputable shop to clear it


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I should also add we just did a single stage paint on mine (clear is mixed with paint so its shiny but doesnt have a clear coat on top. LOTS cheaper and easier!)
 

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Driver quality with some flaws, 1-2k if you do some prep work.

Cruise nite and local car show weekend toy/occasional driver, 4-5k is about right.

Top notch, best of show trailer queen, 10k +++

I've obtained quotes for two different cars over the past two years, and these figures seem to be about the going rate right now.
 

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When I had my 67 chevelle painted it was 5 k ....that was 20 years ago.....It still looks like the day it was painted. But that was show quality, stripped down to bare metal, jambs ect......

I have to get my elky painted this year, I am not looking forward to the cost. I may break out my old Devilbis gun and shoot it myself....lol

alternative is always a place like this.....http://maaco.com
 

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Just had one of my bestfriends (who owns a body shop) do my car this last summer. The paint alone was just over $1000. He showed me the invoice when the paint arived. That didn't include any of the labor.
 

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Maco has been advertising a half price special for $275.Anyone know what you get for that? I guess they make money on the prep work.Some Community Colleges offer courses in auto repair. It might work out if you can find one to sign up and do your prep work along with advice, or just talk to Maco and and see wht you can work out. That's assuming Maco is everwhere.
 

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I had my 71 repainted a year ago. It was similar to what your scenario: entire car, fairly straight body, color change (so fenders and doors came off and jambs had to painted), ss hood and stripes (hood was original but needed a fair amount of work), doors needed some work (bottom front edge that meets the fenders weren't addressed the last time it was painted) and the bed was to be shot but not repaired (it's pretty beat up but I decided i wait a bit to properly repair it and clean it up).

Final cost was $3200. It's not show car quality but it's pretty good considering the amount of work and cost. The other quotes (not including the jambs and repair work needed for the hood and doors) were $5k, $3.5K and $4k.

A good rule of thumb (at least here in SoCal) is about $300 a panel so a full professional paint job is probably around $3000–3500 on a normal sized car with nominal prep work. It's hard to find body shops willing to do full jobs on old cars because they take awhile, take up space in their shop, and usually you find more work thats needed once you start taking things apart and finding out what's underneath. Also, insurance jobs are quicker and pay better so it's not cost effective for them.

One way i might suggest to keep the costs lower is to let them take their time (you may not get a choice!). My guy gave me the price he did with the full understanding that he was doing it as a project. Mine ended up taking nine months. I was getting pretty antsy towards the end but it was worth it.

Here are some pics from my process:












A few more pics of the finished project here:
http://www.elcaminocentral.com/showthread.php?t=39765
 

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I think Sheib will let you furnish your own paint. Just be careful, as some of their painters are darn good, and some are run specialists. Maybe Maco is the same with furnishing your own paint. Mine was painted just before I bought it. One coat of base coat Silver Metalic with the Dark Brown Metalic stripes. There was NO clear coat sprayed. Needless to say, I'm getting it repainted with three coats of base coat and three of four of clear coat. I might have some pearl added to the Dark Brown Metalic to make it really glow. I want the depth look. Since it was recently painted, and doesn't have a ton of wax/polish on it, the prep should be fairly easy, and just sand down any chips that have happened. It will be done tutone, with the bottom part done in Dark Brown, also. Not the way it is now. Probably $4-5k. AND, I really didn't intend to hijack this thread. :smileyb:
 

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It's not all that unusual to see high end paints in the realm of $1300 a quart !!!

It all boils down to your "end goal"....

and if you've got a friend in the business !!!

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"It's not all that unusual to see high end paints in the realm of $1300 a quart !!!"

The only saving grace to that is, that's not sprayable. Has to be "deluted" to spray, so that DOES help some. The Sierra Gold for my '56 was gonna cost $250 a quart, and I said "forget it!!" It's not a show car, and I don't want it to be. It is a step above a daily driver, tho. The Elkie, I want it to be a lot better. It's only so-so to fairly good now.
 
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