SIDEBARThe cost of doing paint and body on a car is no secret, especially if you want to achieve stunning results. But why such high costs? Let's "do the math" shall we?
This includes sandpaper, tape, paper, primer, guide coat, etching primer, body filler, polyester putty, DA sanding disks, grinder disks, acetone, tack cloth, etc. All tallied when purchased at a reputable body shop like Finish Masters, which is where we bought all our supplies, can total $1,800.
PPG's top of the line paint was used which runs approximately $430 per gallon (we used 2 1/2 gallons). The reducer is approximately $50 per gallon (we used 2 1/2 gallons). The clearcoat is approximately $330 Per Gallon (we used 2 1/2 gallons) The catalyst is approximately $60 per quart and we used 2 1/2 quarts. All totaled up we are at approx. $2,165 dollars.
Every vehicle that rolls into a shop is different. Some are in great shape, some are OK and others need lots of TLC. While some restoration/body shops charge more or less than others, it's safe to say that industry standard is around $75 an hour. How many hours are involved in a paint job? We won't dive into those deep waters. Every car is different. In the case of this El Camino a new quarter panel was grafted in and a new hood was also added. Take a look at our other article about hanging sheetmetal.
Oh my goodness! Nearly 250 man hours later, look how beautiful this El Camino looks after everything is done. 24 hours later the El Camino gets rolled out of the booth and is color sanded and buffed. Starting with 1000 grit, then 1500, and finally 2000, the vehicle is sanded down three times then buffed to highly mirrored finish. In our opening shot of this article, the El Camino had yet to be color sanded and buffed. Fret not, we will run a full feature on this car when all the king's horses and all the king's men have put the Elky back together again.