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What is fair to pay for a T3 Respray?!!

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by BUS_TER, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. BUS_TER

    BUS_TER Member

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    Looking for ball park figure to have my Caravelle resprayed here in Melbourne. I've had one quote at $17K and another at $15K. These seemed quite high to me and more to the point not something I would entertain spending.

    Have considered buying a capable compressor + equipment and would consider doing it myself, been a very long time since Ive sprayed anything and Ive never done a car before so the finish wouldn't be perfect, not to mention I's struggle to spray the roof in my garage. I have heard of a bloke down in Seaford that would hire out his booth so that might be an option.

    For all the bus resprays Ive seen on the road people are definitely getting the job done, but are they really spending that sort of money?!!
     
  2. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    I got mine resprayed for 6k minimal repairs, no seam rust. I stripped the van of all fittings and windows and put them all back on afterwards. No internal spray work done.
     
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  3. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    drive in / drive out ? no prep by you?

    Any rust being cut out? Panel damage repairs?

    Colour change?
    Inside and out?
    Windows out?

    Not too far off the pace - I have heard of people spending more

    A bus is a BIG thing to paint

    I spent $3k getting a "blow over" on my beetle with a bit of rust cut and that was probably 10 years ago

    Today - anything under $5k for a bus I reckon would wash off in the first rain storm
     
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  4. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Who did the work?

    I’m considering sending mine off on a tilt tray, to a more willing firm.
     
  5. Jurgen Grossmutter

    Jurgen Grossmutter Active Member

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    It costs a lot more than you'd like to pay I suppose. However a good job will require excellent preparation and that will take time.

    When I was a trimmer I'd talk to other car trade ppl and we would remark that if you did, for example, 40 hours, on a car, at $100 per hour = $4,000 you'd be considered a rip-off. But if you did the same hours, at same charges, on a house you're a bloody good bloke. Why??? Because houses go up and cars generally go down.

    Having said that the prices on T3s in the US appear to be higher than here for roughly equivalent condition vans. This leads me to think that T3s will go up and reasonably soon as there is nowhere near as many in Australia as compared to the dominance that Splits and Bays were in their day.
     
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  6. BUS_TER

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    I have a rust hole just under the sill of the back window on the sliding door and I have heard that is a common spot, so that would rather have that done by someone who knows what they are doing. Either that or replace the whole door as who knows how much cancer is on the inside cavity of said door.
    I am happy to prep the rest, pop windows and remove bars / lights / handles etc.

    Does anyone have a Melbourne contact I could get in touch with that does Busses or VW's?

    Cheers
     
  7. Gerry and Robyn

    Gerry and Robyn Active Member

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    Hi BUS_TER,
    I'm sure Volks Home could steer you in the right direction when you talk to them next.
     
  8. BUS_TER

    BUS_TER Member

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    Thanks Gerry. Poor bloke, Ill probably hammer him with a thousand questions.
     
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  9. surf bus

    surf bus Active Member

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    Sent you a pm
     
  10. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Was wondering if you'd find this thread ;):rolleyes:
     
  11. SeanH

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    You know what they say, a poor man always buys twice.
     
  12. BUS_TER

    BUS_TER Member

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    After some research and comprehension I'd say a dedicated man pays what he's comfortable with.
     

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