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Alright, just rough estimates please...

1972 matt black beetle. want to know roughly what happens and how much it would be to do a total re-spray on a bug like mine.

I have this idea of parking it up, leave it with them for a weekend. They take shell off and do strip down and respray inside and out.

no extra special paint or graphics. what thinks you knowledgeable bunch?

thousands? or a few hundred?
 

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Thousands for a good job. Cheap, but reasonable, paintjobs start in the region of a grand. This is if you do most of the prep work.

If you wanted it matt black, it would be possible to do it with rattle cans or even to hire a compressor and blast it over in the garden. The thing is that matt paintwork will not show up defect as much as a gloss finish.

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I spilt mine from the chassis, stripped it, did all the welding myself(with help) and then delivered the shell to the body shop.

They prep'd, primed and painted it, £2000

I have to put it all back together. I did get a quote for 1400, but that was quite a way from home so couldn't see progress.
 

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<snip>"I have this idea of parking it up, leave it with them for a weekend. They take shell off and do strip down and respray inside and out."<snip>

I too had this idea. I took my car off the road in 1994 with the idea that I would strip the car down and prerp it myself. I would then get this taken to my local friendly spray shop where it would receive its lovely mettalic gunmetal grey sprayjob inside and out, then back home and put all the lovely new shiny bits on it and back on the road for the summer cruisin!

Everything went well up to the bit where I put it back together! Its now 12 years later
and I finally have got round to starting to put things back as they should be. Im a little older and a lot wiser than I was 12 yrs ago.

What I didnt realise at the time was after i spent £3000 on the respray I had no money left to get it looking how I wanted.

If you want to blow it over for £500 you will get what you pay for but if you pay more you will want the rest of the car to sparkle and shine with a new interior and engine etc to match.... You have been warned!
 

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Years ago I had a Beetle painted for about £500. It was alright as long as the overspray on the tyres, window rubbers and the air filter (through the slots in the engine lid) didn't bother you. And every wire outside the car, lights, horn etc were all body colour :rolleyes:

When I had my '61 Beetle painted it was about £2000 but there was some patching of holes (mirrors, gravel guards) and other prep to do as well. Looks nice and they did the inside too, but it's possible to spend a lot more.
 

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Just had my bug back from a full resto. Last installment involved fully prepping body and painting throughout. I will post some pics later so you will get an idea of the finsih. I went for a mid option which cost 1700 roughly.

They could have buffed out the paint and repolished which i was advised would leave a mirror like finsih but it takes about a week of labour so the cost would be v high.
 

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vwbugster said:
1972 matt black beetle. ... take shell off ... do strip down and respray inside and out.
you forgot to list all the repair pannels that will need to be welded into your seventies Bug

trust me - it won't be a weekend ;)
 

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They could have buffed out the paint and repolished which i was advised would leave a mirror like finsih but it takes about a week of labour so the cost would be v high.
If you bought a polisher or borrowed a good one from someone, you'd probably only spend about £100 on products to make it look fantastic. The worry always is that you oculd burn through the paint though. Without knowing what you are doing it is probably best to be done by a bodyshop
 

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Yeah if you are going to spend the money on a re-spray then pay the extra for them to get the final finish and buff on it. It they make a mess of it then they have to fix, if you've spent a bit of money anyway then ruin the finish you've only yourself to blame. I know I wouldnt trust myself because I get carried away!! :eek:
 

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Yeah if you are going to spend the money on a re-spray then pay the extra for them to get the final finish and buff on it. It they make a mess of it then they have to fix, if you've spent a bit of money anyway then ruin the finish you've only yourself to blame. I know I wouldnt trust myself because I get carried away!! :eek:
Well said :bandit:
 
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