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repainting the Olds

By odarodlE

Filed under: 1983 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight (Olds)

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I am looking to have my 83 Olds repainted and was wondering if some of you guys could give me a little insight. I have never had a car repainted so this is new territory for me. The quote I received was around $3,000.00. I am having it repainted factory color and everything done original. The paint on the hood and trunk are starting to crack. As far as body damage the old car dosen't have much. There is the dent in the rear drivers door and a small one in the rear passenger door. It needs the rear bumper fillers and one piece of chrome for the front fender in front of the drivers door. I am going to peel the vinyle top as there is a small place right above the windshield that has bubbled and needs repaired. Does this price sound right? I have had people tell me yes and some tell me no so I am stuck in the middle. The guy that gave me the qoute does good work and I do trust him doing a great job. Since I have nothing to compare to I am not sure if he is in the ballpark with the price. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.

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canadianpontiacguy’s Profile Photo
May 22, 2012 at 9:34 am
The price usually reflects the amount of bodywork required, as well as removal of the trim, and then the actual job of painting the car. If this guy does quality work, it sounds reasonable to me.
As SDCARSEY said, it would be great if they could put you in touch with a couple of previous customers, so you could see the type of work they do.
TATA455’s Profile Photo
May 22, 2012 at 1:09 am
Paint work is usually only half the job. It takes a lot prep work to make the paint look good. So $3k is a very reasonable price for a good quality simple paint job. My guess is that there will not be a lot of straightening and blocking. This is what makes a paint job show winning. These cars leave the factory with a lot of waves and ripples in them. A really top notch paint job will correct these factory flaws. But these will often run $8-10k and up!! So if you have seen the work this person does and you are happy with it, a nice job for $3k is a very reasonable buy.
sdcarsey’s Profile Photo
May 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm
If you trust that he will do it right, that is about the going rate for the work that has to be done. The cracks in the paint will have to be taken down past the paint that is cracked, the dents and rust (under vinyl) fixed and remove and replace all the trim on the car. You usually get a guarantee for this price also if it's a shop. There are people that will do it cheaper, but like most things you get what you pay for. You don't want to have to do it again in a few years because someone didn't do it right. So be sure you have seen something that they have finished and truly trust that they will do it right, cause 3k is a bunch to give up if they mess up. Hope it helped with your decision, I restore old muscle cars as a hobby and have worked for local body shops as a painter if you needed to know my experience as well.
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May 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm
I can't be much help here, but I would get a couple more quotes from other shops just to compare. I've never had a car repainted, but I did get a quote on my 88 Camaro one time. The price was $1,800 to repaint it white. If I actually had it repainted I would choose another color, so the price would be higher. But if your car needs a little work before paint, and you know this person does a very good job, $3000 may be a reasonable price. Sorry I'm not much help.

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