Hi All, I thought I would give some more information. First of all thanks so much for the interest. It is always lovely to hear such nice comments made about the parts I have produced, so thankyou.
As you are probably all aware, I stopped making these as it was becoming increasing difficult to make a profit at all. After I had been in the workshop for hours laminating them, curing them, trimming them, prepped for paint, ferried them from paint shop and back, fitted them up with mesh, put together a fitting kit of bespoke parts that I have sourced and had manufactured, boxed them and shipped them.
I didn't end up with enough to make the project worth while. Especially as this is a side job from my main job. So I had two options, increase the price, or stop producing them.
That still applies today, but I am asked to produce more parts. So the price has to increase if I am to do another batch. Which then scares everybody off and we are back to the beginning again.
I also found that parts would get ordered in gloss/matte/raw, some with mesh fitted, some without, some wanted different kinds of mesh etc etc. I found each order was bespoke.
So in my opinion, if I cut the cost of lacquer and the mesh out of the parts, it enables the consumer the ability to fit their own and also get them painted locally for potentially less than I get them painted for.
Some people want to colour match them, so carbon is pointless. So I decided to give the option of either a glass fibre or a carbon finish, straight out of the mould. Still a reasonable finish, but as you're probably all aware, carbon will fade in sunlight unless UV protected. So fit them at your own risk without coating them.
This all only works if I can get 10 orders together as I am at the stage of needing to create new moulds, again, not cost effective if I do that and I get two orders.
So prices if I am to do them are as follows...
Glass $815 +PP (approx. £120 to US from memory)
Carbon $945 +PP
This is without coating and without mesh. I am happy to send some mesh with them to be fitted by you, but if they are to be painted, it is best fitting this afterwards.
Jake - OSport