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Old 06/30/20, 12:40 PM   #16
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You also need to have a talk with the painter on the level of finish. Color sanded and polished to perfection including the bottom of the rockers?

About 8 years ago I had a boat painted (Factory painted fiberglass, not gelcoat finish, old boat). Mine was for them to do the final primer and sand (we had a discussion prior about the materials I was using in the repairs I was doing) and paint it. No color sand, no buff. They were to put a day into final sanding but no more. Runs and nibs were to be fixed. Called it a 5-footer. Standing at the dock with the boat at your toes it looks great. On the trailer had drying it, there are flaws in the prep. I also pointed out that I intended to actually use the boat. Didn't want perfection as I would be too scared to use it. In the years there have been a few marks added to it. If it were perfect there is no way I could tie it to a dock or use it in any normal way.

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Old 06/30/20, 02:19 PM   #17
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I think the estimate you got sounds about right. As others have said prep is key and very time consuming. What do you wan the truck to be? Show perfect, driver, wheeler?

I have painted two broncos my self over the years and they were 10 ft jobs. I used single stage paint, high build primer, basic prep. They looked good but they were not perfect but I didnt break the bank doing them. I wasnt afraid to drive the truck and I wheeled the hell out of my 67. I still have that truck and it still looks good from 10ft. I think I had about $1,200 in paint, primer, and materials but that was 15 years ago.

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Old 06/30/20, 04:00 PM   #18
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This is a $500 paint job on my old bronco, including prep labor (mine), single stage fleet paint, a $15 harbor freight paint gun, and $150 to the guy that shot it in his paint bay (a dirty warehouse).

Sure it's a 20 footer but I've seen people spend a lot more and get the same, or less. The comments from people were always, 'love the bronco, great color, etc' not, crappy paint job!

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Old 06/30/20, 09:21 PM   #19
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All prep and sanding after the fact. I personally prefer single stage just cuz its pretty easy to work with, buff out, and patch. Not a bronco, but this T-Bird was the last car I painted. Maybe $2500 in materials, did it with a $30 Tractor Supply paint gun in our 1.5 car garage. Took probably 50 full days of sanding, didn't need any body work. I think it turned out pretty good, but if you're paying someone for it, labor is a killer.




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You also need to have a talk with the painter on the level of finish. Color sanded and polished to perfection including the bottom of the rockers?
Oh yeah definitely have that conversation..

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I am curious as to why the floors are almost always painted body color. With the cost of materials so high, wouldn't that be a way to save a bit of time and money IF you're going to carpet or mat?
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Old 07/03/20, 09:31 AM   #22
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I am curious as to why the floors are almost always painted body color. With the cost of materials so high, wouldn't that be a way to save a bit of time and money IF you're going to carpet or mat?
I think it's just easier. Looks good to have the interior all painted with the finish color. It's way I painted "under my engine hood", instead of just painting the hood edges like the factory did.

Heck, with todays cost of 3M (#233+) masking tape, it might be cheaper to paint it, than to mask it?
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Old 07/03/20, 09:56 AM   #23
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Still need to protect the metal. Bare metal under carpet, can we say 'rust'?
Often masking isn't to protect from overspray, it is to protect the wet paint from dust/dirt stirred up by the wind of the paint gun.

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Old 07/03/20, 11:52 AM   #24
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We typically paint the undercarriage and inside with tintable raptor liner. The material is like thick epoxy paint. I believe it helps to eliminate rust in the long run by sealing the metal; Water gets in to these broncos even with the best of builds. Mark in San Diego; Beach City Broncos
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