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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-27-2007, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies. I should have given more info. The car is a rotisery resto. Body was dipped repaired and re-dipped. It is at the primer surfacing stage - I was just wondering how many hours of priming and sanding and priming and sanding.... should it take to get a perfect straight flat job by a pro?
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The number of hours are all over the place, I wish I could give you an estimate but that would be impossible. Let me just say that for a totally disassembled '60 cadillac conv. I paid $12k for paint that stuns the judges, any judges, anywhere. The front pass lower fender was cut and a new piece welded in for rust, and the rear fenders had small parking lot/garage scrapes. I put the car back together after the rechrome and stainless polish/repair.
This is a high price, as my '81 seville was another bare metal respray that was done the same way but for $6k. Body was a perfect 11k mile car, so no repair was needed other than a few p.d.r. dings. The paint was very, very, good on the seville but minor imperfections existed as they did not on the '60. Neither car needed to be body removed as both were very lucky garage queens with little to no genuine corrosion.
Painters pad the hours as lawyers and mechanics do. I would say get the total price up front from where your car sits now. At this stage you are at the mercy of the resto. shop and I am sure you are feeling this. Expect to be taken advantage of as there is nothing you or anyone can do and they know this. Short of removing the car from them in pieces you are powerless. People never admit to the price they pay for quality, full restorations, it is just part of the game. The prices usually far exceed the value of the car in most circumstances. This is why cars that are typically worth $300k and more look so good, it is just that they are worth doing from a profit stand poiint.
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Thanks Shane. You are right on when you say at their mercy and the cost to restor far exceeds the value of the car. I am looking at +$30k by the time the last coat of clear goes on and polish - just for painting does include the frame and all the bits and pieces though - jeeeezzzzzzz I hate thinking about it. If I ever get the urge to do another one I have asked my wife to kick my ass.

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