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Old 10-12-2021, 06:46 PM   #1
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Full Body Paint

What would it cost to paint a Monaco 40 ft. diplomat? Is it worth spending the money? Tired of looking at same old strips and fading gel coat. I am located in middle TN.
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Old 10-12-2021, 06:57 PM   #2
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I did a 38 foot motorhome about 20 years ago, cost 15K, never got that back. I would not do it again.
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:17 PM   #3
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Is it worth it is a personal decision. You may not recover the money when you sell, but it's sure nice to have a great looking coach for the time you own it. Also, it can be much cheaper than purchasing a new coach.

Some folks are taking their coaches to Mexico for paint. There is a shop in Yuma AZ just across the border and another in Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco). Both do good work for a lot less than US shops. A large portion of the paint cost in the US is because of EPA restrictions. Do a search on IRV2 for painting in Mexico.

One of the best shops in the US is Precision Painting Inc, 730 High Rd, Bremen, IN 46506. Phone: (574) 546-4473
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:28 PM   #4
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15 to 20k. If you get a cheap quote, they are probably using lower quality products. If you like the coach and plan to keep it, maybe it's worth it. If you need to resell anytime soon, it will be worth more than now buy maybe not 15k more.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:14 PM   #5
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Is it safe going down into Mexico with a RV and pocket of cash.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:21 PM   #6
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I'm pretty sure most places in Mexico accept credit cards. If they don't you probably don't want to deal with them. Taking credit cards is a sign of a well established well run business.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:43 PM   #7
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There are towns along the border that I wouldn't dare go to but, Algodones, is the town that Vito mentioned, it's across from Yuma.
Actually, it's down the interstate a few miles across from Andrade Calif
It's all right there close together. I haven't been there since covid and never to the paint shop. I never felt unsafe there, it's a small beehive of activity. Everything is geared to American & Canadian buyers. I met some Americans that actually live in Algodones
Principally it's pharmacies, dentists, eyewear, and food, cheap too.
The paint shop will meet you on this side, discuss, and quote a price.
I've been told they will use whatever paint you choose, priced accordingly
You can walk over to his shop for a visit it's only a few blocks.
You drive the coach, car, or truck to them and drive it back when it's done
I haven't had paintwork done but the shops that I spent very much
money in were happy to take checks.
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:19 PM   #8
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I've visited and got a rough estimate from pictures from Navarro's Shop in Algodones. They do nice work, have Facebook page, but was quoted $13 to $15 K for full body on 38 ft Diplomat. They use quality name brand paint and do nice work. My decision was would never recoup the investment and was right when I sold it. Good people to deal with though. Good luck Don.
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Old 10-13-2021, 05:48 AM   #9
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I considered buying a used 40’ 07 Camelot this summer, the drivers side needed paint, IMO, I talked to Mikes Custom Painting on recommendation from forum member zmotorsports here on IRV2,
The price at that time for a complete strip and repaint was $22,000 for I believe 4 or 5 different colors. I anticipated when all said and done that I would be looking at $25,000, you know how that works!
At any rate you have a ballpark figure now, good luck and let us know what you end up doing!
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Old 10-13-2021, 05:58 AM   #10
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painting that is a min 20K to do it right,, take apart , sand primer, etc so old paint work does not show through, then what would you want, one color or painted design $$$$$$

Can you get it wrapped,,, ? mayb be half the cost..
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Old 10-13-2021, 12:32 PM   #11
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It definitely wouldn't be worth it to me, even though I love the full-body paint on our 2002 Windsor. I don't you could come close to recovering your cost on resale. Your money, your decision!
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Old 10-13-2021, 02:10 PM   #12
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Painting or not is definitely a personal choice. If you are looking at getting the money back out of it I don't think that will ever happen. However, if you want to enjoy a nice looking coach and then when it comes time to sell it may sell easier than one that is not as aesthetically pleasing.

I painted my first two coaches myself but didn't have the time or place large enough for our current coach. I took it to Mike's Custom Painting in Bremen, Indiana and couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome. That was 4 years ago and I continue to enjoy a nice looking coach. Nearly sold it a couple of years ago to upgrade but she's looking so good I opted to keep it a few more years until we are closer to retirement.
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Just grab a ladder or 2 and get to work. I painted my old 1977 Travco myself. I did it in my driveway over 2 weekends. The hardest part is the prep. The painting part was easy. I had $250 into the whole job.
Your particular coach will not end up looking factory but that's the beauty of it. You can finally make it look the way you want.
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Old 10-13-2021, 04:00 PM   #14
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I agree with Mike AKA zmotorsports. We don't buy these coaches as an
investment and almost all upgrades are not investments either.
Not in the sense of making or recovering money from them.
We buy them to enjoy and try to keep them enjoyable.
Of course, it's not worth it to most of us to spend the big bucks for a full
body paint job, and then many coaches just don't warrant the expense.

While we are on the subject of paint, here is an entertaining thread.
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