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Old 04-09-2007, 09:23 AM   #1
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New Paint Job?

I have a 97 Teal-J and want to get it painted a new color. I was wondering if any of you guys have had your jeeps repainted? How much should I expect this to cost? Any chain places you would recommend or caution against? I have called a few places here where i live and have prices ranging from $300-$3000.

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I do not want to knock any major companies so I wont name any names, but here are some things to be weary about. If you are doing a total color change ,ie. green to orange, I would be very weary of any shop that will do it for less than ~800. Even going with the same color,green to green, the cost of materials,buisness,and employees, you are not gonna get a nice job less than 650. Not to mention with a wrangler you arent just painting the exterrior and door jams. You are talking door jams, exterior, full interior minus behind dash, roll bar, underhood.. I would question the work quality for anyone the quotes you less than 1500 for a complete job, 800 or so to bs it and have the truck 2 different colors. Unless you are rich and boored and have a disease preventing you from driving a teal jeep, it will be much cheaper to sell yours and buy a new one, or just deal with it.

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Old 04-09-2007, 09:51 AM   #3
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if you do decide to paint it, becareful looking at "examples" of their work. Pictures can be very decieving, and a job 1 week old can be flawless, than 3 months later look like total garbage. Look for excessive orange peel (look at a new chevrolet real close to see excessive orange peel), look for real ripply paint (squating right next to the qtr pnl, look at the rear doors of a Trailblazer or equinox to see paint "waves")
, and also real dull paint. These are the most obvious signs of a subpar painter.

again, try and get a look at examples of the shops work that are a few months old. good luck, and feel free to pm me with any questions.
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If you have time, its cheaper to shoot it yourself. Its alot of work, but in the end youll love it.
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Old 04-09-2007, 01:46 PM   #5
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but if you do decide to get it painted, a decent paint job should be anywhere from $1500-$2200... don't take it to a Macco or anywhere like that. Looks for specialty shop that do most of thier work for custom applications.
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Krylon man, Jeeps need camo

I was a painter for awhile but got tired of people wanting good quality paint jobs at Maaco prices.
JCS05Rubi gives good advice but his prices seem a little low, a good quality job is very time consuming and a good painter is an artist that earns his pay.
On the other hand, it is a Jeep, if you're going to go out and use it as one then you can do all the prep work and go get a cheap squirt that'll do just fine on a real off road rig.

If you go to one of the cheap places like Maaco, make sure your rig is absolutely clean before you leave it, if you can, wipe it down with wax and grease remover when you drop it off.
I've seen Maaco jobs where they actually squirted over mud on the fender wells.
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skeeter I appologize. I also worked in an Automotive Restoration shop for about 2 years, before I got my job from GM. I do wholeheartedly understand the painter being an artist concept, believe me when I say this My post was meant to be a "low ball" number. What I mean is, if he goes to a small, un heard of, hidden gem, mom and pop shop, the lowest he will be able to get a decent job for is $x. I appologize if I made it seem like everyone can go out and get a full paint job for $800 bucks from the dealership. I know how you feel about people coming into the shop, wanting their 1969 ford f100 custom show truck painted, and the wood in the bed replaced, for $1200... or a model T repainted for 600, or.. or... you get the idea
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Also decide how durable the paint u want..myself i would go with IMRON..........
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skeeter I appologize. ***snip***
No need to apologize, I agree with everything you said, I've been out of it so long that I was surprised at the prices you gave is all.

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