Date registered: Aug 2005
Vehicle: 1972 250C, Ducati ST
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
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Cost/time for a total re-paint in original colour?
The paint on my 250C is about 10-15 years old, and is a single-stage finish in the original "Pastel White". The paint is beautiful, and was wet-sanded after it was applied. It honestly looks like it's only a year or two old, at most.
The problem is, I have about 8-9 small rust bubbles beginning to form. None is bigger than a dime, and they haven't broken through the paint yet, but I'm going to have to take care of them, and I know that they're probably worse than they look, once the paint is stripped away.
I was initially going to just have the rust spots fixed and re-painted, but every shop I've taken it to has said that to blend the repairs to the point where they're completely undetectable, they'll have to paint so much of the car that I'm better off doing a full re-paint. (The spots are evenly distributed around the car, so just about every panel besides the roof would need at least *some* blending.
So now I'm looking at a complete paint job. I'd like to keep the colour the same, so that should make things a little easier, at least.
I'm very picky about paint, so when I was getting estimates, I stayed away from the collision-repair types of places and just talked to shops that restore collectible/show cars.
I've gotten three estimates so far, and they've all ranged from $6000-$7000 for the following work:
1) Remove all trim and accessories, including windshield and rear glass.
2) Sand entire car smooth
3) Repair rust spots using steel/lead (no plastic filler).
4) Re-paint in original colour, using basecoat/clearcoat paint, with enough extra clearcoat applied so that they can wet-sand and polish the finish afterwards.
5) Re-install everything with new gaskets/seals/stripping where applicable.
$7000 sounds fair to me, but I was wondering if anyone on the list has had similar work done recently. Also, how long was your car in "paint jail" while the work was being done? The three shops I talked to said upfront that I should expect to be without my car for two months, at least.