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Old 09-28-2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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Painting

Anyone know about how much it would cost to paint an older Class B all one color. No body damage, very minor rust. Lower part steel, raised roof fiberglass.

I have no idea if it would be $1,000 or 10,000.

Just curious.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:42 AM   #2
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It's a question that's hard to answer. Good paint is very expensive. Body shops vary in prices but In any case get price quotes from several and by all means get references. There are good and bad, as with anything. But to throw out a price, even a ball park price it's not possable.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:50 PM   #3
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A lot depends on the type of paint job you want. As you stated, you're not sure if it's a $1000 or $5000 to paint your van. Well, in truth, it could be either, anywhere in between or much more. You can get an Earl Shibe paint job for a few hundred bucks. Or, you can get a first class paint job for many thousands of dollars. I paid $7000 for a show quality paint job on my street rod as I was building a show quality car. Several questions come to mind like, are you changing colors, exactly how much body work is required? A small amount of body work, done properly can be expensive. Are you going to have the inside of the door jams, hood and trunk areas painted? Do you want all the trim like door handles, hood and trunk emblems, bumpers, etc removed and that area painted?
So I hope you can see, we really can't answer your question, much less give you much of a range. Best bet is to define the exact paint job you want in writing and take it to several shops to get FIRM $$ estimates. Best of luck with your project Be sure, if you move forward, to get a very detailed description of the work to be performed, the expected outcome, and a firm price, all in writing. It's very possible/probable that you'll spend more on a paint job that an older class c rv is worth.
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Most shops will give a free estimate. Earl Scheib went out of business in 2010. Now if you want a bad paint job, covering the bugs and bird droppings, you've got to go to MAACO.
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I'm not sure many people know this but sometimes community colleges that teach these type of tech programs will take on a job like this for just the cost of paint and maybe a donation to their program (these days) The student(s) is/are guided by the teacher who typically has experience in the industry.

I've used students to repair a few things, the last time it was the replace the clutch in an old Escort I had. Cost me about 25% of what the local shops wanted. It took some time but they got it done fairly quickly.

Just a thought.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:45 AM   #6
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I'm not sure many people know this but sometimes community colleges that teach these type of tech programs will take on a job like this for just the cost of paint and maybe a donation to their program (these days) The student(s) is/are guided by the teacher who typically has experience in the industry.

I've used students to repair a few things, the last time it was the replace the clutch in an old Escort I had. Cost me about 25% of what the local shops wanted. It took some time but they got it done fairly quickly.

Just a thought.
Some high schools as well as technical schools would be another place to look if perfection isn't a priority.
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Some high schools as well as technical schools would be another place to look if perfection isn't a priority.
You are absolutely right, Bruce. However, I chose the college because the students have typically already had some HS and home mechanical experience. Also colleges typically have larger shops allowing for bigger rigs.

Either way though, utilizing either source helps the student gain practical work experience (for college credit) and can provide the consumer with a thrifty way to get repairs done. I may just follow my own advice when it comes time to paint my Fix it, trailer.
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