is 150 too much to pay for a paint job?

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  1. dijos

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    at an actual automotive dealership?
     
  2. LeftyAl

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    A few years back I was working across the street from a auto body repair/paint shop.I went over and asked about a midnight red wine paint job on a tele body. I was told $200.I thought to myself way to much.As luck would have it I found on craigslist a mim red wine tele (lefty,which is what I am) in mint condition for $200. I your case I might get a second or third quote.
     
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    Not if it's an awesome paint job. They'll probably do it for half, though.
     
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    paint job on what?
     
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    It doesn't sound much...
     
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    For an auto shop to set up to shoot much of anything, that's probably about as cheap as you'll find. Bear in mind it's not just shooting but paint mixing, setup, gun gleaning, etc. All that stuff takes time, and you know what they say about that...
     
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    it's an unfinished alder body, one color (VW vapor ). I got a few other estimates around the 300 mark. am I too cheap or is that really out of line?
     
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    300$ sounds like a pretty standard price to me. A lot of work goes into a quality paint job. When you find something real cheap, there is usually a reason.
     
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    With all the work involved and the cost of materials I wouldnt touch it for $150. Your getting a hell of a deal.
     
  10. Satchmo

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    You can ask for other quotes but I doubt if you'll get anything lower.

    Body shops don't like doing small jobs. They usually can get all the work they can handle painting an entire car for $5,000 or more. They'll get paid by the insurance company and the car owner will likely be less critical of the paint job on his car than you will be of the paint on your guitar.

    Most car painters aren't set up to paint guitar bodies so the time spent on painting a guitar will take time, space and employee labor off of a more lucrative job.

    If they do a nice job, paying $150 sounds quite fair.
     
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    Thats fair. Sims Custom Paint Would charge much more. If ya just want base/clear, up to 200. If you wanted flames/ pinstriped etc... 350 to 400 is not uncommon.
     
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    The only way I would think you might be able to get a price less than $150 ( and I don't know this, just speculating) would be if you wanted your guitar in the same color as a car he was painting.
     
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    What he said.
     
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    That's what I was thinking.. even if you found a place there are a lot of variables..
     
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    Go to a guitar painter. Leave the cars to the shop.
    $300 is about right for a good Lacquer job. Lacquer takes lots of prep work and time.
    Poly is easier, quicker.

    VW Vapor is a cool color! Please post pics when done.
    I can see a black anodized guard on that one.
     
  16. Joey

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    $150 is absolutely fair for a good paint job. Don't forget in addition to mixing the paint, spraying and cleaning the gun,that primer may be required if the body is raw. While I am not in the trade, my Brother-in-law owns a body shop and I am familiar with the process.
     
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    150 might be too cheap if you catch my drift.
     
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    If you want it cheap, get spray cans and do it yourself.
     
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    A production paint/body shop has a lot of overhead, and paint ain't cheap.

    A small one-man shop may not have the overhead, but you have to appreciate that a person's time is worth a lot. And paint ain't cheap.

    $150 is a bargain, in my humble opinion.
     
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    This.
     
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