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Old 10-12-2012, 11:41 PM   #1
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Custom Paint Job

Looking into have the camaro repainted. Wanting to get a custom paint job and got eyes set on the jet stream blue. Any ideas on how much paint I will need to repaint the car? Thanks

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Old 10-13-2012, 12:09 AM   #2
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:20 AM   #3
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Funny, but seriously. 1 gallon? 2+gallons? I'm going to have the paint made and tAke it to a paint shop. I have a buddy that works close by and it would end up being cheaper for me to buy the paint and a paint shop do the painting.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:38 AM   #4
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Call the paint shop you plan to use and ask 'em how much they need for the job - they would know better than anyone else.
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I am told that painting over the factory paint can seriously de-value the car. You might consider a wrap instead. It's reversible, and will preserve (and protect) the factory paint. Just a thought; helping you to consider all options before taking the leap.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:51 AM   #6
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I will get ahold of my paint shop and ask. I know the paint I want is like $600 a pint lol. ZR1 blue . As for the value, I don't plan on sellin the car t all. If I do it will be as a private sale and most will know this paint job is well beyond the value of the factory color. I personally don't like wrapping as its not as correctable as paint can be.
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:07 AM   #7
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A gollon is the usual quantity bought, however, it takes less than a gallon to paint a car. It looks like you are changing the color of the car (based on your red icon pic) so you wil need the door jams, underhood and trunk done as well. That will significantly increase the quantity of paint required, also double the cost of the paint job, and reduce the chances that you will be happy with it (because people will easily tell you changed the color). You will also need to buy a gallon of reducer, and a gallon of matching clear coat. It's been quite a while nice I last bought paint but $200 would buy you top quality paint back then. $600 seem extremely high.

Brutal is correct, if you are changing the color of the car you will significantly reduce the value of the car. I would reconsider the wrap.

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Old 10-13-2012, 07:01 AM   #8
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A gollon is the usual quantity bought, however, it takes less than a gallon to paint a car. It looks like you are changing the color of the car (based on your red icon pic) so you wil need the door jams, underhood and trunk done as well. That will significantly increase the quantity of paint required, also double the cost of the paint job, and reduce the chances that you will be happy with it (because people will easily tell you changed the color). You will also need to buy a gallon of reducer, and a gallon of matching clear coat. It's been quite a while nice I last bought paint but $200 would buy you top quality paint back then. $600 seem extremely high.

Brutal is correct, if you are changing the color of the car you will significantly reduce the value of the car. I would reconsider the wrap.

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First off thanks for the reply.
I do plan on having EVERYTHING repainted. The paint on these cars is horrible and I'm already seeing defects after 7k miles and would rather not take the time to take it into the dealership for paint problems again. I also want something unique. I will be providing the paint and clear for the shop. As for the price, this paint is very expensive, and as most of us also know corvettes are produced in an entirely different plant and their paint is well above that of the camaro in quality. So its a good choice all around for me. ( more durable paint, better looking). Again, talking about the resale value....its not important to me, I plan on never giving up this car
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:50 AM   #9
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Call the paint shop you plan to use and ask 'em how much they need for the job - they would know better than anyone else.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:29 AM   #10
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I think you should just let the body shop use the paint and clear they are familiar with. Base your decision of who will paint your car on their quality of work and materials used. What are you doing, trying to save $150 ?

Corvette having more durable paint, I got some swampland for sale in Florida too. Durability comes from the quality of men and material doing the work.

There is no avoiding the inevitable. You will pay out the ass to have this done, or use favors for some breaks, or it will look like shyt.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:43 PM   #11
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Just out of curiosity, who r u having paint your car? I live in Lex also and just curios. My son n law does body work, I'll get with him.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:17 PM   #12
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Have 2 places in mind. Richard wright or josh at ultimate audio.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:00 AM   #13
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Anywhere from 3K to 4K maybe more.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:46 AM   #14
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As far as the amount of paint, being that you have to redo all of the door jams, engine compartment, etc, I would guess 3-4 quarts. If you were just scuffing it and repaint it the same color(no jams) 2 quarts seems to be the norm. Make sure you post pics. I was lobbying for Jetstream Blue before these cares even came out...I wish GM would have listened.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:54 PM   #15
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I will definitely put up some pics. I still got a hand full of months til I get back from deployment and am still on the fence between this and a supercharger. Leaning more towards the paint because I'm wanting "unique" and go to shows pretty often.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:03 PM   #16
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I will definitely put up some pics. I still got a hand full of months til I get back from deployment and am still on the fence between this and a supercharger. Leaning more towards the paint because I'm wanting "unique" and go to shows pretty often.
I'm far from an expert on the matter, but from what I've read, a paint job like this will cost 2-3x what a supercharger would. To do it right there is a ton of labor in teardown and re-assembly.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:17 PM   #17
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A couldn't see a paintjob like this costing 18-27k lol (thats almost as much as the car). Maybe your are right but I highly doubt it.
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A couldn't see a paintjob like this costing 18-27k lol (thats almost as much as the car). Maybe your are right but I highly doubt it.
I thought SCs were like 5K, and I was figuring 10-15K for this paint job. Like I said, not an expert.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:33 PM   #19
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Ahh ok. I was talking about the S/C and install, tune, etc. Maybe around 15k. I am waiting on a quote from a couple shops atm just to see what the average cost would be. But my shops of choice are as I stated above.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:01 AM   #20
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If you get Richard to paint it, it will cost, but it WILL look fantastic. I've seen a few of his bikes. Not familiar with the paint jobs from Ultimate Audio, but I've heard good things.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:37 AM   #21
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dont get me wrong, its a gorgeous color... but IMHO, I would sell your car and get an ABM camaro

Youre going to be spending so much money to ultimately devalue the car... If you go to ABM, that money could be spent to customize so many other things that would make the car stand out to the average person

alot of your mods in your sig could be removed and reinstalled on the other car.. The colors look just so close to me... Here is ABM as compared to the jetstream blue






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Old 10-16-2012, 06:47 AM   #22
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ABM gives a teal color when the sun hits it. JSB gives a whitish/pearl color. 2 different colors. Plus ABM would be extremely hard to find. Haven't seen any around my area.

Richard is a very good buddy of mine. I've had him take off my front license plate bracket and do the trunk blackout on my camaro. Hr quoted me $4000 for the entire job but with the JSB it will probably be higher. Ultimate Audio is a very reputable shop and would probably be the one that costs more.
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