Paint job material costs help.

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by Quick Buick, Mar 27, 2021.

  1. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    Guys what am I looking at for just the cost of material for a paint job? Good quality paint I know TOTL is bloody expensive.
    Got most to all the tools just haven't touched them in 35+ years..

    Lots Of sanding needs to be done like bare metal.
     
  2. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    I was about $1200 in materials including sandpaper.
     
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  3. Buicksky

    Buicksky Silver Level contributor

    Depending on Grade of paint and color not counting , primers $1000 to $1600 . These products have been going up a lot the last 4 years.
     
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  4. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    What color?
     
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  5. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    1967. F code. Mist blue .. marina blue in the chevy world

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  6. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

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  7. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    Thanks Ethan...... Im looking into them....
     
  8. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Your numbers are going to vary vastly depending on the angle you're going at...

    A gallon of GOOD body filler is ~$75
    Polyester primer gallon (I use Evercoat SuperBuild) - $120
    Epoxy primer and hardener - $220
    2K surfacer - 200-250
    Base gallon (can be cheaper as long as clear is high quality) - $300-800
    Reducer gallon - $50
    Clear gallon - $200-1000
    Hardener - $50

    You'll have $200 in buffing compounds and pads

    Don't forget seam sealer, lacquer thinner, Sand paper 40, 80, 180, 220, 320, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000, 3000 grits, chemical stripper (that's $50 a gallon), wire wheels, putty knives, paint brushes for seam sealer, masking tape and paper, plastic, etc....

    I have a spreadsheet that I use for estimating, and also keeping track of actual materials used....just adding up the column for all of the stuff listed is over $2500. That only includes ONCE PIECE of each sand paper. I will also use more than one gallon of black epoxy and polyester primer on every job, too.

    It's a whole different story if you're just doing a scuff-and-shoot job. But even those tend to snowball sometimes, too.
     
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  9. DasRottweiler

    DasRottweiler -BuickAddict-

    SPI guy here. SPI Epoxy primer, SPI 2K primer , SPI BaseCoat White and SPI Universal Clear.
    Ran about $2400 or so, but I used the Epoxy on everything, frame ,core support,, engine bay , inner fenders , backside of fenders , trunk , gastank, etc.
    I also have a gallon of clear left, enough to do another project car...
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    Painted it in my tiny 2 stall garage...
    As Smartin said , it all depends on what your getting into and how far, and if you own all the tools . I had to buy a few things Devilbiss Finishline paint gun for basecoat and clear, buffing/polishing machine/tool etc. JIM
     

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  10. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    Jim. Looks Sweet....
     
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  11. DasRottweiler

    DasRottweiler -BuickAddict-

    I would like to add that you can call and talk to the owner, Barry at SPI. Not too many owners pick up the phone and spend time answering questions etc. When I was hesitant to take my car down to bare metal,, he turned me around and instructed me how to do it and how important it was to do it right.
    Great guy....
     
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  12. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    Im very impressed with both their site & forum.... Its like just v8buick.... The owner interacts......
     
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  13. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    Not to hijack the thread but is there a paint that a guy can paint in his garage with door open and not kill himself. I have a beard so getting a good seal is not easy.
     
  14. NZ GS 400

    NZ GS 400 Gold Level Contributor

    Lacquer is safer than 2 pack, I suppose. You can grow whiskers back but not body organs, just something to consider. I would put my safety first. Funny question coming from a dr! :)
     
  15. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    LOL. Yes beards grow back. Mine is a slow grower. I really just asking, the body on my car is good the paint is bad, faded. I could see me going with primer and being happy with that.
     
  16. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

  17. DasRottweiler

    DasRottweiler -BuickAddict-

    Quick answer: NO!
    Isocyanates will kill you over time. I wouldn't even mix modern car paint without wearing a decent mask with new filters.... JIM
     
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    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

  19. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Absolutely no telling how much of that stuff I've put thru and in my body,...I'm sure it or my heart taking a vacation will be my demise
     
  20. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. I will avoid the Isocyanatesbadshit. Hugger my best friends dad was a body man from the 50's-90's . I don't know how you guys do it.
     

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