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Old 04-15-2009, 10:46 PM   #1
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Any idea on body work costs?

Does anyone have an idea about how much a body shop would charge to paint a hood for a Wrangler. I found a nice Jeep, but the hood is messed up beyond paintless dent repair. Partstrain sells replacement hoods for $172 that are primed and ready to paint. Any clue on what a shop would charge to spray it and install it? I know this can range wildly, but I was hoping for some ideas. It's a 2008 Wrangler (Detonator Yellow). Thanks.

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Old 04-16-2009, 01:24 AM   #2
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I work in a body shop, and though I don't shoot prices for people I can give you an idea of what to expect. Obviously, you won't be able to turn it into insurance, so it might be beneficial to ask around on prices quite a bit until you get the best rate. A hood is VERY easy to paint. It's truly about a 5 minute job to spray a coat on there. But who knows what they'll charge. So, here's what I DO know....
The hood will need to be wetsanded (or scuffed if the place doesn't care too much about the job, which is quicker usually, but wetsanding does a better job. My shop generally wetsands the exterior and scuffs the underside of the hood.). I'm not sure what the book rate is on that, but you shouldn't be charged more than about 30 minutes to an hour on that. I could have it done within 30 minutes. If it's just the hood, you have no taping off as far as I know, so you'll save there. Then it's just the cost of materials and spray time. In all reality, it's only about 3 hours of work, and the maximum in Missouri per hour (from insurance companies anyways) if $54. That's $162 in labor plus MAYBE $100 in materials, if they jack the prices up on you. I'd expect $250 - $300 to do it right, and that's only if you don't plan on blending in to the fenders and grill to ensure a perfect color match. Plus, you would have to install in yourself and swap hardware yourself. For blending and to pay to have it removed and installed, I'd expect probably twice that. That's only if you find a shop that won't cut you any corners. A shop like mine would probably do the whole thing for about $300 if all of my estimates are correct. So yeah... Estimate how many hours of work there is (guess high, because it's usually more than you'd think), multiply that by $54, then add $100 for materials and that should give a pretty good estimate. Hope all of this helps, and I'll keep my fingers crossed that you stumble upon a shop that will cut you a good rate like $30 an hour for such a simple job and will give you a fair price. Good luck!!!

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I was going to buy a couple hard doors a few months back and have them sprayed They said if I bought the materials it would only be $200.00 to shoot the two doors. I called around a few places and that was pretty much the average price. hope that helps
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:58 AM   #4
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Holy crap the labor price in Missouri is 54$. Ive seen shops as high as 120$ an hour in Philadelphia.
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Old 04-18-2009, 04:51 PM   #5
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we get $46 an hour tops thats what the insurance might pay. Inssurance normaly will only pay $42 an hour and find the cheapest used part they can

to just paint the hood It can cost close to $400
but there is a few shops around that will charge $600
At my shop we will charge $200 total and if you want us to install it it would be $250
but we try to under cut most other shops around here and save people some money
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