I’ve got the factory 601 Red and would like to change it to the 609 Bright Red. Not much of a change, so I don’t think it would be that noticeable.
What would it cost for a darn-good job? I don’t want someone touching my car for some $179 special but I’m not sure what a good job would cost. I imagine that most of the cost is in the prep work, so getting a few ‘extra’ coats of paint and clear coat doesn’t jack up the cost that much?
I have a few dings and there’s some bubbling happening on one of the side markers but I can’t see any other signs of rust. How much $$ would that add to the job?
Should a good shop remove any trim parts to make the painting go better, or should I “trust” them to tape everything well? Or should I remove the stuff before I drop it off?”
“My old man and I did it with the 1981. We did all of the prep work ourselves including scraping out the rust, bondo it over, priming our repair spots, removing all trim, and delivering the vehicle essentially ready to mask off the glass and paint. At that point, Maaco did a darn fine job for just under $1K. Of course, then we had to put all the trim back on ourselves
You’ll save a good deal of effort by sticking with the original color.
EDIT: If you really must change the color, my advice is to strip the car down inside and out, leaving all the trim, light fixtures, and entire interior in your basement; then prep the car as far as possible yourself with bondo and sandpaper and spray primer, and then have it TOWED to the paint shop without even lights and such installed. The less they have to do, the less they can screw up.”
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