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Old 07-23-2012, 05:00 PM
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Ballpark Cost on Body Paint/Repair

I know, I know...this is a very general question, but I'm trying to conceptualize what ballpark I'd be in, cost-wise, to get my 93 YJ painted and get the rust spots repaired.

I'd say for a 93 it has 'average wear'. Rust spots around the Jeep logo drivers side, hinges for windshield/doors are pretty rusted, and I need the top of the windshield (where you screw in the bracket for a soft top) totally repaired since all the holes are stripped out.

"That Depends..." I know, but can you give a ballpark? $1k? $5k? Just trying to figure out if it would even be worth the time to get an estimate from somewhere.

Also, when they do all this, could a bump shop do anything with the frame (like, coat it for longer wear)? Cost on something like that?

Any guesses on all this would be really great. I'm trying to determine if I'd keep this long term (when the engine goes) or not.

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...some pics...

Ok, realized I should really probably include pics










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You could ask for a patch up on the paint, but they will be reluctant to do that. especially due to the age, it will be too hard to get it all an even shade.
ballpark estimate? $1500-$2000 for the paint.
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If you would bring that YJ to me and say fix it, complete paint job, all body work done, fix the soft top winshield bracket, undercoat the frame....

My rough estimate would be in the neighborhood of $5k.

Body work brings roughly 60/hr...and i would say that there is 4-5 days worth of work there( tough to tell with the pics)...So 40 hrs X 60/hr....2400. Plus the cost of materials and paint....5K.
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You can look online buy all replacement parts for that jeep. For prob under $1500 and go to mayco have them paint it for $500 and use spray can undercoating on the frame and have you a great looking jeep :-)
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I guess I should have mentioned: The main point of this is really to preserve the body, not to have a 'beautiful jeep'. I have a feeling this makes a difference in what I do here.

Does that change anyones thinking? For example, I dont really care (too much) if it looks perfect when it's done (it's going to look way better than it does now!) What I care about is that I get as many years out of the body (and frame) as I can!

Thanks for all the replies so far...any further thoughts?
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You arent going to be able to take it to a shop and just "patch it up". Atleast no reputable shop anyway.

When that machine leaves his shop, its kinda like rolling advertisement, if it looks good, people will say.."where did you get that done"...

If it doesnt look good, and is just "patched up", then that makes the body shop look bad, like they dont do quality work.

If you just want it patched, and arent looking for quality or good looks, why not try doing it yourself? Then, if it turns out ok, you can boast and say ..."i did that myself"...

That way you save a ton of money, and you repaired the machine to atleast make it til some other part rusts out or breaks.

If the body has rust showing that bad, and you are in the snow belt of Detroit, I would be looking at the rear section of the frame, where the rear shackles bolt in, you might find some serious problems there, since that part of the frame usually goes bad long before any body parts rust through.
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If the body has rust showing that bad, and you are in the snow belt of Detroit, I would be looking at the rear section of the frame
Luckily, I had it in Florida for about 5-6 years, so I think that's saved me from the worst part of the last 20 years That's why I figure I better do something to it now...but I'll have to give it a once-over on the frame, for sure, to see if it's even worth it.
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If you want long lasting. Avoid paintjobs from places like Maaco. If youre looking for the same color ill stick with my previous estimate. You might be better off finding a friend who can fix it up and give him some incentive to do it.
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Know any young guys that are in a body repair class at a vocational school? My cousin got hooked up with a kid who repaired his F-150 and painted it also, for a very reasonable amount. The guy used it as a shop project for his class. It came out looking pretty good. Just a suggestion.
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DIY! I just did the daughters jeep with a rattle can and I think it turned out pretty darn good for not a pro job:

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/whit...ob-171066.html
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Know any young guys that are in a body repair class at a vocational school? My cousin got hooked up with a kid who repaired his F-150 and painted it also, for a very reasonable amount. The guy used it as a shop project for his class. It came out looking pretty good. Just a suggestion.
They have a class like that where I'm going to college.. I'm planning on doing the same thing

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