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02-02-2012, 07:47 AM
I know there is no way to get exact prices but im looking for some examples. My 93 rcsb z71 has its original maroon paint job. Its just starting to look really tired. The truck itself it pretty straight. A couple of dents in the bed that you can only see at an angle, one barely noticable dent in the passenger door right at the molding line. and one bedcorner has a crease in it from a bumper being pushed into it once. (thats the only piece that wont be able to be pulled out.) How much have you guys paid for good paint jobs on regular cab trucks? Same color. I drive this truck everyday but its really just a farm/hunting truck so the paint job definatly doesnt have to be show.
02-02-2012, 07:55 AM
The price is not as important as who is spraying.
There are great painters that charge low rates, and there are great looking shops that use great products and charge more, but the painter might not be the best, so it wouldn't matter.
You have to do some local research and find out who the best painters are, not who the best shops/prices are.
Of course I wouldn't pay someone $5000 to paint a 93 FSC just because he's the best, but I also wouldn't pay a shop more than average just because it looked pretty and used good paint. Ask for references (of the painter, not the shop) that are years old and go see those paint jobs, see how they held up, etc.
lastly, good clear is more important than good paint
02-02-2012, 08:18 AM
The paint + primer will run you about $200, unless you go for something really fancy. The sandpaper, bondo and other supplies probably won't exceed $100. After that, the bulk of the effort is labor. Lots and lots of labor. You'll get a low quality paint job for < $1000 - but if you can find someone that can spray it and do the bodywork and prep yourself, you'll get a decent paintjob for ~$500. If you can get some help on the sanding, it's not so bad.
I'm repainting 2 stepsides now, one is in the shop all masked, the other is waiting its turn. Progress is slow, but I make time for it when I can. These trucks aren't worth putting a nice, expensive paint job on - but if you can put a nice, cheap paint job on it and just put the effort in on the prep work, the end result is the same.
average paint job, same color, 2000 bucks. I agree with the above statement about the painters and differences. I always used top products to showcase my work. When I was doing side work damn near full time, I had a steady work painting about 8 vehicles a year, and misc parts of vehicles a month.
02-02-2012, 04:35 PM
I found if you do most of the prep work for painters they will really help you out on a price. However this is mostly self employed painters with their own shop, and they will tell you what prep work to do and what not to do. I had my c1500 priced at $600 if prep work was done and paint supplied, guy was even going to let me use his shop to prep it.
Now on a funny note i had a c1500 paint job priced at $4800 at one shop(shop been open maybe 1 1/2 years). Then my FD took one of our engines in to get a paint pricing at another(shop been open 20 years or so), this one priced $1200 to paint both side of the engines rear body(just think of the doors/hardware back there).. So its all in the shop, some down home old shops or the best. newer shops or overpriced idiots i found. Some backyard one are laughable in their prices as well.
02-02-2012, 06:31 PM
Here in Dallas, TX
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