I had my 88 repainted at a dealer (1996) as a fill in project to keep his shop busy when the work load was light. It was $1600 then and they had the car for three months from December until March. I lived in the Rochester area and the car got winter storage inside. The car's paint still looks good today, I'd expect you would pay at least $3K for a similar deal if you could find it today. Otherwise I would expect you would pay $1200 for a Macco repaint which can be OK if you do the prep work ant that shop has a decent painter.
Why not just take it to a shop and get an estimate?
I would recommend going to an independent collision repair shop, THAT OFFERS A LIFETIME GUARANTEE. No guarantee, no buisness. I would avoid dealerships, restoration shops, paint shops, or any shop that adverises with a particular insurance company, because they are a DRP and work quality is usually substandard. Stick with the busiest independent collision shop you can find.
Price depends on lots of stuff. How much bodywork and disassembly it needs, paint color and type and brand, as well as any extras like metallics and pearls. I would say expect in the 2k-4k range, and only use premium paints like DuPont or PPG. Get a BC/CC job and get waterbourne if avaliable.
Based on my personal experience a panel off paint job can easily cost $5000 plus for a near show quality paint job (gunmetal gray with pearl). I have one show car that cost a bit more than that but it has lasted about five years so far without even waxing and still wins best of class shows (Corsa Rosa red).
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I just had mine painted for just shy of $3k. It would have been a little less had I not gone with a pearl color and had the car not needed completely re-gelcoated due to sun damage. He also refinished my taillights which turned out really nice. When price shopping I got quotes as high as $6k. //www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/092485.html
I had mine done for $2200 in 2009, by a independent collision repair shop. They did a great panel off job, with a warranty for as long as I owned the car.
I had a bit of damage a year ago to the front nose from a cement truck dropping a chunk of cement. Luckly it only left a small mark.
The wing & rear bumper had some paint issues where the clearcoat was lifting. The paint shop was good enough to repair those under warranty ! That was great, seeing they painted the car in 2009. They told me they would take care of any issues, and were good to their word.
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I paid a little over $12,000 for my orange and black GT....which also included some fiberglass work to the front hood and rear decklid. I paid around $10,500 for the VR6 paint job. Both were panel off and are perfect and flawless.
I paid $2500 for my gold GT paint job and it lasted 5 years and one month. It is now peeling off worse than a sunburn. They gave me a five year warranty. I plan to sand it down and have it vinyl wrapped this winter.
This might be a dumb question but why does a panel off job generally cost more? It seems to me that if I do all the work to remove the panels and bring them to the shop and all they have to do is spray them, that should be easier than masking and prepping a complete car? Or do most panel off jobs include the labor for removing and reinstalling the panels? Just wondering.
So far it seems all of the estimates are getting are in the $2000-$2300 range for a "respray" before the little details get added on to make it a high quality job. I spoke to a shop I liked yesterday, who was at $2000 for the respray, but was upfront in saying that would basically be a mask it off and respray it job. If I wanted to take the time to have the etched paint stripped, replace broken or bad trim pieces, really take their time to fix up stone chips in the front, etc etc, that it would be significantly more but it would be hard for him to give a good estimate since some of it is dependent on the time individual pieces took.
Anyway I think I have found the sweet spot for the going rate.
I probably don`t have a popular opinion here but 2-3 grand is a lot of money to me and if I spent that kind of money I probably wouldn`t even want to drive the car. I have painted a couple of cars but it was long ago with one-stage paint and even with the crappy equipment I had it wasn`t that hard. I have sprayed b/c coat on a number of parts with a Preval sprayer and they came out fine. When I do some large panels on my car I will use my HVLP gun. I realize that paint and all of the necessary supplies can run up to 1 grand to paint a car but I think there are some pretty good mid entry paints too. I used Sherwin Williams Dimension base/clear and it has seemed to work pretty well. Just my .02 Mike