Well, three days with my new Anvil JKU Sport and the grin is now permanently on my face. My wife, who until recently swore she'd NEVER want or drive a Wrangler, has also been bitten by the JK bug.
Here's the deal: she wants a 2 door JK, with airbags and custom painted in a light pink. (no troll comments please; she never asks for anything and if she'd like a JK, she gets it, even if it's pink.)
What would it entail / cost to get a new vehicle repainted with a quality job? Would it be more sensible, or at least a sensibly, cost-effective compromise, to get a white / silver JK and trim it with her pink accessories, decals...etc. How much would it cost versus a repaint?
Thanks in advance. Here's a the lovely Missus (and yes, she indulges my passion for building custom guitars).
Color availability was a major factor in the timing of when I purchased my Jeep. My previous vehicle was a bright green also and I like the ease of finding it in a parking lot with this color.
I looked into repainting in my local shops when I heard in early 2013 that Jeep was going to discontinue Gecko green.
I found after contacting a bunch of high quality places that repainting a wrangler "correctly" is ~$11k. Most of the cost is the labor of disassembling and reassembling the vehicle so that things like the interior of the tub, under the carpets, behind the dash, inside the doors, inside the tailgate, and inside of the hood be painted to match the exterior. The painting itself would run me ~3k if I brought it in "as parts", but that kind of disassembly is beyond my abilities.
The cheap places (MAACO, ect) won't touch the Wrangler because they don't know how to deal with not painting the top. My understanding is that they don't do convertibles at all (at least the ones I talked with told me that...). Their process is to put painters tape on the windows etc, then just spray on a primer, then color, then clearcoat on top of the old paint without much disassembly. This would cover the top, fenders, and bumpers with paint.
Vinyl wrapping is much cheaper, but won't get the parts I mentioned earlier. The paint on the inside of the vehicle is visible and won't get wrapped. The Vinyl wrap place I sopke with also said that there would be "issues" with the soft top rubbing off the wrap in the crevice on the tub that holds the top on. If I ran only the hard top then the wrap would be OK, but would only be on the exterior.
Honestly, have some custom fun. Get a white or black one, arm yourself with plastidip to test with and get to work. There are a LOT of things that could pinked (while not my favorite color) and make a real stand out jeep.
Instead of blacking out trim pieces, pink them out. Emblems, rock rails, fenders, gas cap door, the plastic bumper appliques (I'm sure you can find someone with a Freedom or something that'd give you their mineral grey). If you could find a way to make the rims look like a anodized pink, that'd be something way different. (like this, but pink http://site.nitrorcx.com/51C00-06024-mix.jpg No, I don't mean get mag wheels, but it was the first thing that came up on google image search that showed the effect I was looking for) Pink and white/black paracord handles, or pink grab handles. Take some of the silver trim on the interior and paint it pink.
She'd have a completely unique wrangler that would look like nothing else on the road. That's the thing with a white or black vehicle, is that it lends itself VERY well to having another trim color that screams, without the whole vehicle blasting your eyes out.
And a lot of the stuff I mentioned, if you're confident you can do, is more elbow grease than anything. If you had your own color matched flares, you might want to take them somewhere, so they get professional auto-quality paint. But other than that... most of that stuff is time and material cost.