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    I am considering having the nosecone and fenders painted (rest is bare aluminum). Since I will take all hardware off there would be minimal prep work and no masking, i.e. only sanding, filling and repaint.

    Should I take that to a regular paint shop? I asked a fiberglass specialist (boat and PWC repair) today and they quoted me $500. Sounds a bit high for such a simple job?

    Any opinion?

    Thanks, Gert

  • #2
    I think any auto paint shop could do it for less

    got my whole truck painted last year (bed taken off and on, inside of cab, under hood) for $3K
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    • #3
      Thanks,

      went to a regular car paint shop after that and they estimated even 800 to 900 bucks. Maybe I just look like a hapless sucker and need to find some honest non-rip-off place....

      I will try a few outfits in the more shady areas of South El Monte tomorrow. Anything to avoid about paint quality? Or is any catalyzed urethane car paint good enough?

      Gert

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      • #4
        Gert

        By all means get other quotes but I would see some of their work too. A good paint job isn't cheap and usually worth the extra.

        Doug

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        • #5
          paint work

          Gert, Unfortunatly the price of paint has gone through the roof and supplies alone will probably be $200., I have a guy helping me on my cortina and I'll ask him and I bet he'll be able to do it for under $500. I'll let you know by wed. night. Steve

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          • #6
            Thanks Steve, that might explain it....

            yes I would appreciate a link to somebody who is known to do good work at a fair price.

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            • #7
              When I switched colors from orange to the present shade, some years back, I came to the conclusion that a Dutch company, Sikkens, made the best paint. So I specified that brand, which not all painters can use. Not sure if it is still "better" (or ever really was), but I am still pleased with the overall result. It has held up very well.

              Paint may also contain a "flexible modifier" which can prevent it from cracking under stress. This should be considered when painting fibreglass.

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              • #8
                $500 doesn't sound unreasonable to me, considering how many parts are being painted. Any reputable shop has setup, cleanup, overhead, taxes, insurance etc. And there's skill involved too. It seems to me that $500 would be just about minimum at any capable, responsible facility.
                Chris
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                A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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                • #9
                  Well, maybe you are right....was just comparing against Justin's paint job for the entire car (not just the nose and fenders) with masking, etching, priming etc. for $1500. That is probably triple the surface area and 5 times as much work. In my case they will get the 5 FRP pieces already separated from the car.

                  But, let's see what I can find....

                  Gert

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                  • #10
                    Perhaps more about the minimum price they are willing to charge to go through the motions and clean up after than the actual amount of work involved.
                    www.morgansegal.com

                    The funny thing is my wife goes " What is that car a Morgan ? " and I said "No that's a Caterham but there is a Morgan driving it " -delise

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                    • #11
                      Hello Steve,
                      any info if your Cortina guy can do this?

                      Gert

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by slomove View Post
                        Hello Steve,
                        any info if your Cortina guy can do this?

                        Gert
                        Never mind, had to make my move today or the car will not be ready for the trip to Monterey....thanks, anyway!

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                        • #13
                          O.K., here is the result....more pics and yes, you are right Chris, this is a Blingmobile....:D
                          Last edited by slomove; August 4, 2009, 10:35 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Wow! Looks great! I'm impressed with how good the aluminum looks as well.

                            Justin

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                            • #15
                              Absolutely stunning!! Now it's so clean you can no longer drive it! Strictly a show car/trailer queen...... Nahhh

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