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Cost of respray

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by peace_fam, May 21, 2012.

  1. peace_fam

    peace_fam Member

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    My T3 is going in for work on her side after sideswiping a Territory at Bus Stop. While in for work I'm thinking of getting the front resprayed as she has some surface rust and crazing. The panel shop has quoted $550 to remove the bull bar, sand and respray the front (the passenger door and rear quarter panel will be done at the same time under insurance.) Is that a fair quote for a front end sand, prep and re-spray? :umm:
     
  2. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    I think it is - I think I paid that to get my T4 bonnet resprayed (maybe more)
     
  3. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    I got quoted $750 to respray my front and that is with me removing everything and replacing. If you have not replaced your front screen seal this is the perfect time to do so and you get a better finish.
     
  4. john doherty

    john doherty Well-Known Member

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    PeaceFam, howz that green tan from Bustop going? Currently doing similar maths. Figure sounds right. Removal of accroutements..1 hr=$80....sanding...2-3hrs=$160/$240....actual painting time plus masking etc....1hr=$80 ...how many coats? plus cost of paint...refixing of accroutements...dont forget GST. Never mind that job will be done by a callow youth, unqualified , disinterested and on $18 per hour. You should enquire on how many coats, but I dont think you are being ripped off. Front of bus does need good layering of paint, in my shallow view. John Doherty in Adelaide:cool:
     
  5. peace_fam

    peace_fam Member

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    Thanks all. So miss you already JD! Amazing convos at Bus Stop and look forward to catching up again. The company doing Road Runners make over is European Auto Refinishers - specialists in everything BMW and VW - Very fussy and recommended by a fellow Kombi clubber. I thought it sounded on the mark, just wanted a second opinion :D
     
  6. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    If they are doing a quality job as you expect ,its good price

    cheers
    col
     
  7. Greg N

    Greg N Member

    I need the front of my T3 resprayed, I thought it would be alot more. Sounds like a very reasonable price to me. As long as they're not doing a cheap dodgey job. Just beware that once the front screen comes out they might find some rust under the seal. If not you're doing well.

    Greg
     
  8. peace_fam

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    Im pretty sure the price is taking into consideration that they're also getting money for the insurance work (which will be a reasonable amount). I damaged my sliding door and creased my rear wheel arch and all that work will be done at the same time under my claim. I though l may as well see how much extra for the front while it was there.:)
     
  9. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    They seem kind.

    When my bus was in to get the RH rear wheel arch and panel repaired, (insurance job after a P plater slid into it on a wet roundabout, I asked about getting the scratches filled and respray the middle panel.

    Just surface scratches that would require 15 mins of bog and sanding prior to painting, and as they were buying the paint and would have it the gun anyway...

    $1000. And it's not even a square metre of non metallic paint....:wtf:

    I declined.....:cry:
     
  10. vwfreak03

    vwfreak03 Well-Known Member

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    yes some quotes are WELL overpriced for the work involved.?????
     
  11. bolts

    bolts Member

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    Grantus,

    Yes, $1000 seems a bit high but a good job is NEVER just some bog and a quick spray over.

    The thing that costs money is the time. Filler can only be applied to bare metal or epoxy primer. So the door would need to be stripped where the scratches are. Then you have to worry about blending in the surface, so a considerable amount of more paint must be stripped off.

    Now, the scratches are gone but you have bare metal.

    Mask up.

    Primer, sand back.

    Spray putty, sand back,

    Spray putty, sand back,

    Wet rub.

    Dry,

    Clean.

    Colour. and blend in to the two adjacent panels.

    De-nib, wet rub.

    Remove masking and clean whole vehicle.

    You can see where the time goes.


    OR

    you can just bog up a couple of scratches and blow some colour over it. The owner would never know the difference - well at least for a couple of years.
     
  12. peace_fam

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    Thanks again everyone. Insurance assessor came today and authorized repairs to slider and qtr panel so i gave the authorization for the front to be done too! Yay! Will post pics once she's done. She'll look spiffy for the first time since I've owned her.
     
  13. peace_fam

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    :DI picked up Road Runner today after the insurance work on the side and front respray and OMG, looks like new! All shiny and pretty: matched the paint perfectly, removed the 'car bra' studs and filled, detailed the Kombi too. I can highly recommend European Auto Refinishers in Mornington, Vic. Very professional, 3 year unconditional guarantee and provided touch up paint in the matched color. Will take pics when this rain stops.......:lol:
     
  14. Mordred

    Mordred Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yours and Karinas are going to look a lot better than ours by the end of this. Going to shame me.

    Adrian
     
  15. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Nice to still have some true professionals out there that know about customer service at a fair price

    great stuff

    cheers
    col
     
  16. max auto

    max auto Member

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    As a smash repair shop owner, i hate it when customer think it is easy and cheap to do more work on there vehicle as we have paint in the gun anyhow ...to paint that middle door there would be the filling priming rubbing back masking and blending of the 2 panels either side.... its all a cost ....if people go to the corner shop and say ill have some milk please so while your there can u chuck in the bread...lol .. it isnt going to happen.

    ahhh now that off my chest have a nice day !!
     
  17. peace_fam

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    I was certainly happy with $550 for the front. It had light rust 'bubbling' around stone chips, crazed paint and previous owner had sprayed areas with kill rust and put car bra back on. The slider and passenger side rear qtr panel were done under insurance. No idea how much for them. Road runner had 2 'gt' stripes low on the side too and they matched them perfectly.

    Most people don't realise the work that goes into many professions. There are lots of 'couch' experts, which i certainly aren't. I had no idea (had those supporting me who do).

    Great job on my baby! Thanks European Auto Refinishers......
     
  18. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    $550 is very cheap, I got a quote to-day to paint the drivers side front corner where I had the old antenna holes welded over also remove & replace the windscreen. I will be removing the required parts and supplying the screen & rubber, cost $418, goes in on the 18th.
     

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