Who’s spraying it,.......details please.
A friend of a friend who has been painting basically since high school but not full time during that whole time (mid 40's now). He has been doing cars over the past few years but his main gig has been doing the dent repairs for car dealers.'
My car is basically down to bare metal except in a few spots. So he is going to get the rest of the paint off and clean up the metal and then prime it with an etching primer. He will then do body work. The body is fairly straight, hood, doors, top, trunk and fenders. The passenger quarter I replaced so where I did the seam weld he will have to use a little filler, the drivers quarter he will earn his money own, it's needs a bit of work. Overall, I would say it's really good except the drivers quarter work that needs to be done. So the filler will go over the etching primer, he will then spray it with a primer (sounds like with high-build primer) and begin the blocking process. Once it's block sanded he will then prime it again and block once more. Once the body is to his liking, he will spray the color and clear coat. He will wet sand the clear and then apply two more coats of clear. He mentioned cut and buff in there somewhere but not sure at what stage that is done.
I let him set the price. I didn't haggle, didn't negotiate. He told me he thought it would take 120-130 hours and he usually charges around $50 an hour. He said he thought materials would be in the $600-$800 range (not sure if he already has some material and didn't factor it in as it had been billed on another job or how he does his figuring). He then gave me the $5,500 price. I didn't want him thinking that I had beat him up or got a better price out of him and have him cutting any corners. I think he discounted it a bit after telling me what he charges so I wouldn't haggle.
I am taking everything off (removed backup lights, GT exhaust tips and rings and trunk lock yesterday and only have door handles and locks left to take off) except the chrome trim at the roof above the doors. I will then load it on a trailer and deliver it him although he offered to pick it up as well. The front end is completely aparts and the fenders are off the car. He acted like he would probable remove the doors as well.
Any other questions let me know, I'll answer them if I forgot them in the above.