your covering a HUGE range of prices with that question.
Its all in the prep work. Most of the bill covers all the prep, it all depends on how much you want the shop to be involved in quality prep.
Not sure about down in Cali but I have a bodyman that paints a **** load of classics and hot rods, he will completely strip the old paint, do any metal work needed, block it out until its as straight as possible and shoot a nice base clear or candy if desired for around $3000, and thats his "deal price"! usually its around $5000. he wont paint a car if he doesnt get to do it all himself from stripped to wet.
then again, there is a shop around the corner that advertises Base/clear any car for $999. I went in to check it out, and that is for NO body work, NO stripping. Basically prep will play 90% of the final look.
Maybe do all the prep yourself and then take it in to one of the hole in the wall $999 type places. personaly I cant afford $3-5000 for paint so Ive been taking months to prep my 68 and gonna take it in and spend $999 when its ready
Originally Posted by IMPALASS_RIDER
in texas you looking at no less than 2500 and they say for that price you wont get a "good paint job" do its all in who you know.. im sure cali paint jobs are NOT cheap..
thats sounds pretty accurate what Seok amd Rider says, alot of the resto jobs go for around 5 grand, its alot of work, i know that first hand, 2500 hundred is for quality job, it all depends on the shop also
high end- $2500 and up
dents/ body damage taken care of
metal work if needed
sand entire car
spray the whole car with primer
block sand entire car
prep car for paint, i.e. paper, masking, cleaning
painting then clearing, baking
finish will look like glass!!
some people dont understand ( i know i didnt at first)in all this, the price covers material (primer, paint, clear) tons of Labor (sanding, metal fab, car prep, polishing paint prep)
low end-$800 and lower
subtract color sand and polish, very good prep, tiny dent repair
ive seen the difference between quality and crap, my buddy took his thunder bird to one a day( i told him to go somewhere else and spend lil more) he spent 600 and it looked like sh1t, they painted the dirt on the bottom molding of his car..nuff said. if its for a daily your not too worried about go low end, if its for your pride and joy go high end