I've been ruminating about painting a car for a while. I've never done it. I see a lot of numbers thrown around ($10-20k is the most common). These are giant numbers, and I'm wondering if there is a cost breakdown of the different stages and depths of repainting a car.
Labor costs vary wildly from region to region, so I think it makes sense to break out labor hours vs parts cost. I'm only concerned with "good" paint jobs done properly, but that doesn't always involve pulling the glass and seals and what not. Without trawling through a dozen threads to discern what was done and what it costed and where, I'm wondering if someone with experience painting these cars in various different ways has a good set of data for estimation. Like, how might these different cases break down:
3) Dissassembly, glass-out.
4) Dissassembly, glass-out color change.
5) 4, but including the frunk, engine bay...
6) Down to bare metal.
I mostly ask because the final number factors into my purchase, sale, and restoration calculations in terms of winding up with the exact car that I want, color, body style, and all. I also ask because I wonder where a talentless hack like myself could save money without compromising the final product (probably only during disassembly, and that's probably least helpful).
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