My buddy wants a "20 foot paint job"

Evil_Fiz

Promoted Users
I'm also always amused at the guys who dont know how to paint always seem to know when something is "ready" for paint!
I AM that guy who doesn't have a clue. That is why I'm here consuming as much information as I can. I have found the best way to go through life is to assume I know way less than I do about a subject. That makes me look for answers to questions I didn't know I had.

Having said that, I agree that putting your name on work you are not proud of can only lead to disappointment and regret.

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Emil
 
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Dean Jenkins

Promoted Users
This is the best place I've found to learn!
I started here about a year ago and have learned a ton and am building up confidence and am starting to get some decent results.
I think the biggest surprise is how much time and work go into painting a vehicle.
I am 100+ hours into a repaint of my Suburban, about 3/4 done, and it was in good shape.
 

El Toro

Member
Oh don't you know that dent will just pop out....................then why in the hell are you bringing it to me fix and paint it your self.
 

orangejuiced86

Garage hack at night.....
I AM that guy who doesn't have a clue. That is why I'm here consuming as much information as I can. I have found the best way to go through life is to assume I know way less than I do about a subject. That makes me look for answers to questions I didn't know I had.

Having said that, I agree that putting your name on work you are not proud of can only lead to disappointment and regret.

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Emil
I worked at bodyshops all through high school(mid 90's), painters helper/bodyman helper etc...Hell I worked at Maaco for 2 years prepping the cars for the $159 special! I kind of fell off from this stuff and when I ventured back into it back in 2008/09. I found SPI products in I think late 2010 and haven't looked back and out of all of the forums I have been on this is by far the best one. There is no BS on here, and a wide range of talented folks who can offer help on a most if not all of the products available even outside of SPI.
 

jcclark

Oldtimer
I tell anyone wanting a cheap paint job that I can do it for $150.00.
I can buy a gallon of pre-packaged colors of Kirker urethane with activator for less then that
and paint the whole car, pull it in and I'll spray everything, windows, tires, everything.
I'll even roll up the windows for free beforehand.
It cost more if I wash it first, more if I sand it, more if any bodywork,
and more if I mask it first, everything else costs more and adds to the cost.
But for $150.00 I'll paint it all!!!!

Just kidding of course,
I won't paint anything unless I can take my time and do it the way I want.
I don't do this for a living, I'm retired and do it for "fun" (if you can call it that)
It's a hobby and I enjoy it, so I'm very selective of what and who I do it for.
Unlike TV shows, I never ever have a deadline. I take my time.
 

Big Dave

Promoted Users
JC, I’m right there with you. And it IS fun, though aggravation can creep in. Keep doing it right, even though cutting corners can seem appealing.
 
This is the best place I've found to learn!
I started here about a year ago and have learned a ton and am building up confidence and am starting to get some decent results.
I think the biggest surprise is how much time and work go into painting a vehicle.
I am 100+ hours into a repaint of my Suburban, about 3/4 done, and it was in good shape.
Now add up all your material expenses and then put a Labor Rate to that 100+ hours. That is when reality hits!
 
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