Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Matt is right. The only problem is, if you do the prep work, you will not find a place to guarantee the paint job. So saving yourself some money might be more costly in the end if it starts to blister because you didnt prep the surface properly.
I'm going that route...doing all the prep work myself. After checking countless shops, even though I'm doing the prep work, having a "decent" shop spray it was anywhere from $1200 to $3000. When I mean decent shop, I mean a place that is clean, limits dust accumulation by keeping work areas vacuumed, has an up-to-date spray booth, has a lot of high-end cars or custom cars in the lot, stores cars in doors when working on them, etc. etc. A good shop. I also looked at the finished and in progress cars of every shop I went to.
In the end, I have decided to do it in Mexico because (a) the paints they use are cheaper and easier to spray because they dont require all that stupid eco B.S., and (b) the quality of some of these shops is just as good as most of the shops I saw in SD that were charging $2000, and they were charging more than half that.
If you are really interested in doing your own prep, I can give you some tips. I have attached a picture of my fiat in progress. Now I've got primer on most of it, and I'll be wet sanding it in a few weeks.
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