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Old 02-12-2004, 05:05 PM   #1
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how much does it cost to repaint the whole car?

just wondering how much it cost to repaint the whole car with bmw oem paint?
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Old 02-12-2004, 05:08 PM   #2
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Same color? I had my e36 estimated at $4K. Sounded like a rip off, so I never did it. Plus, I eventually discovered the magic of a clay bar, and it made a huge difference.
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Old 02-12-2004, 05:19 PM   #3
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should be around 4-6k depends of what kind of paint and how many coats.
But 4k its not bad....Its cheaper if you have it painted on top of the paint...but it wont last as long.
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Old 02-12-2004, 05:24 PM   #4
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Maaco can paint cars for 249.99....
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Old 02-12-2004, 05:35 PM   #5
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i think original sikkens paint cost 200$ a gallon. i'd estimate anywhere near 7k for a good quailty repaint.
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Old 02-12-2004, 05:36 PM   #6
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Maaco can paint cars for 249.99....
But if you want one CONSISTANT color.....
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Old 02-12-2004, 05:49 PM   #7
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But if you want one CONSISTANT color.....

And if you don't want your lights/badges painted over...
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Old 02-12-2004, 06:20 PM   #8
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just wondering how much it cost to repaint the whole car with bmw oem paint?
No need to go "OEM", there are good alternatives out there like PPG (*used by most body shops*). All you need to do is get a good color match and mix, which should be very easy. Painting a whole car will run anywhere between $4-$7 thousand depending on where you go. The best thing to do is find a shop painter and ask him to do it in his spare time. My younger brother works at a quick lube place and next door is a body repair shop. The master painter next door offer to repaint the WHOLE car on most regular size car for $1200, paint and labor included. One of the guys who work with my brother got it done and everything was top notch. So the best thing to do or I recommend at least is to find someone to do it in their spare time.
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Maaco can paint cars for 249.99....
do you really trust a 249 paint job when everyone else is saying at least 3k?
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do you really trust a 249 paint job when everyone else is saying at least 3k?
The concept of sarcasm has been lost i see...i was merely kidding..


3K sounds about right for a good paintjob.
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The concept of sarcasm has been lost i see...i was merely kidding..


3K sounds about right for a good paintjob.

whoops...sorry bout that..wasnt sure if you were serious..

at least you didnt say earl sheib's $99.00 paint job
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i like the mystic blue alot
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My body shop told me they wanted 7-9g's to repaint the whole car using OEM paint. That includes painting the door jams, etc.

Best solution....go key your car and have insurance pay for it JP JP
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Old 02-16-2004, 09:04 AM   #14
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i have a body shop in ny who does my cars or my friends for around 2,500- 4,000 depending on the car

i did my honda a few years ago in chamelion paint and install of a kit for about 3,500

at the time too i was told chamelion paint is pretty expensive. i dont know how much it runs now but i doubt its any cheaper
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Old 02-16-2004, 09:40 AM   #15
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Sure a top of the line body shop is going to charge you a lot, and most people equate expensive with high quality (especially on this board) which is generally true, but if you're willing to do some footwork you can get your whole car painted OEM quality for probably around $2000.


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It is best to avoid a paint job unless it is absolutely necessary. The value of your car will decline and it usually is never the same as factory paint.
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It is best to avoid a paint job unless it is absolutely necessary. The value of your car will decline and it usually is never the same as factory paint.

You are right as far as value goes, but as far as quality, you're simply wrong. The quality of a proper aftermarket paint job will last as long as the factory paint will.

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I didn't mean a repaint is poor quality but the texture and look of the paint is just different. I can't explain, but the bodyshop can't duplicate a factory finish.
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i wanna repaint my car cuz i m sick of green since no one has parts for it etc. but if i go black or gunmetal then i could buyparts here and not have togo and paint it
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Same color? I had my e36 estimated at $4K. Sounded like a rip off, so I never did it. Plus, I eventually discovered the magic of a clay bar, and it made a huge difference.
Agreed...clay rocks.
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