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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2008, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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paint questions

ok, i really want to get my truck repainted before i get home on leave, but i have never had anything repainted before so i have some questions. the truck is the factory ford red and is faded, the only major body fix is a little rust out over both rear fender lips and a 1" hole in the front fender where the plow plug was removed. it is a reg cab, lwb, and i want to go back to red including the inside of the door jams and add a black accent strip on the rocker panels. what is a good price for a job like that? also does anyone know of a good shop or even individual in the corpus christie, tx area i should talk to to get this done?
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id say youre looking around 12-1400 for a total refinish because red is the most expensive color your looking at a pretty high material cost!

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its hard to say what the price will be , every state has different labor rates. hell labor rates even differ from county to county sometimes. if you were to bring that to my shop we would probally charge about 2k, that would include removing all moldings, emblems, door rubber, handles ect. ect. painting it, and wet sanding and buffing it completely smooth. get several estimates and ask each shop exactly what it includes. make sure they are specific . and compare estimates so you know what your getting and get the most out of your money. if you have any questions PM me

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I just had my 1995 Chevy Silverado SB Ext. cab re-painted this summer. Before beginning work, the paint shop took off the trim, some emblems, door handles, and mirrors. They then machine sanded the original paint off, primered the entire truck, sanded it and painted it with a single stage polyurethane. They took out a few minor dents and painted under the hood, in the door jambs, and the wheel wells. The bill came to just over $1,800 and I was more than pleased with the outcome. Feel free to email me if you would like to see some before and after pics.

I hope this helps to steer you in the right direction and good luck getting your rig re-painted!


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Four years ago I paid $625 for a stretch cab Chev 1500 from the local econo place. I did the prep - bumbers, lights and trim off and 1/2 the mask to avoid them missing the mask by an 1/8 in. I did some of the detail sanding that their crew misses but the fellow running the gun did a nice fat level job with a single run on the wheel well in clear coat poly.

It takes excellent detail vision to mask with in .020 in so that most can't see the part line and the extra 2/3 to hour makes a difference when somebody is looking at the paint. Pulling the bumpers means no shadow line where the gun missed because the bumper was in the way, pulling the lights gives no part line or shadow around the lights. The edges get a fat coat that goes past what you can see.

Talk to 2-3 used car lots and if there is a car club ask them what shops they like. Talk to the shops. Think about a couple of days getting it ready and putting it back togather on top of the paint cost for a better job. The weather stripping on the doors can be masked if it is in OK shape but most charge as much as jambs for this, If you take it in with the weatherstripping and jambs masked and have it repainted original color the jambs should match color with just the scuffs at the bottom.

The red fades in the sun and the poly fades the least.


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thanks for ya'lls replies. here is the deal, i am in iraq right now and would like to have it painted before i get back to texas on leave in may. with that said i can't do any of the prep work myself. also i'm not looking for show quality, but not total crap work either. does anyone know of a good shop in the corpus cristie, tx or san antonio, tx areas that i should talk to? i also have a buddy an sa talking to a guy in his mustang club to help me out. thanks again.
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