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> Time to paint the 914, Recommendations for a reasonable priced paint job in Denver Colorado
david63
post Sep 12 2022, 04:35 PM
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The time has come to paint the 914. It is a 1973 Zambezi green w/ beige interior 1.7 car that is in really good condition (2 owners before me and the original owner sold it to a friend of mine about 5 years ago). The car has a manageable amount of rust. Small spot in one of the jack plate covers and a larger area where the engine insulation pad trapped water. The hellhole has been re-done along with the battery tray.

I've been in the 914 game since I was 16 years old (I'll be 60 next year) and this is the 7th 914 that I have owned. I like the simplicity of them and the fact that you don't see them on the road very often. I try to find cars with very limited rust, do a light restore, enjoy for a couple of years and then sell and look for the next one. Sometimes it takes a few years to find the good ones.

I have to admit I have not kept up with the cost increases in getting a car painted. I have painted all of the 914's I have owned and always try to keep them factory colors. I can handle the rust repair and start on the body work but I am not very good at finish bodywork so I always farm out the final bodywork and paint. I figured paint costs had gone up so I thought I could find a good painter that could do the final body prep and paint the car for $10k. Boy was I wrong.... (in the Denver Colorado area anyway).

Got two estimates for finish bodywork and paint and they started at $20k. This was for base coat clear coat and I actually want to go with single stage enamel but it is even more expensive.

I'm struggling with putting a $20k plus paint job on a car that when it is completed will be worth +/- $25k.

I don't have the skill or equipment to do a proper paint job in my garage. I have thought about it but think I would be disappointed with the results and then be mad that I didn't have it done by a professional.

Am I missing something or is that just the price for getting a decent paint job done now?

Any leads on a shop in the Denver area that might do a good job for $10 - $15k would be appreciated.

As I said I am not doing a color change and the front and rear trunks/door jambs, etc are really nice so I am just wanting to paint the outside of the car and the engine compartment.

Thanks,
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david63   Time to paint the 914   Sep 12 2022, 04:35 PM
Robarabian   This is tough.... I don't know shops in your a...   Sep 12 2022, 05:22 PM
mepstein   I don’t believe paint prices will go down. It’...   Sep 12 2022, 05:50 PM
brant   I agree with talking to the muscle car guys and ho...   Sep 12 2022, 06:47 PM
bkrantz   Paint job prices are not likely to come down, espe...   Sep 12 2022, 08:33 PM
Superhawk996   Data point on paint I recently purchased 1 quart...   Sep 12 2022, 08:40 PM
david63   Really appreciate the information. I am planning ...   Sep 12 2022, 10:52 PM
Montreal914   I am/will be in the same boat soon, if I can get b...   Sep 12 2022, 11:05 PM
barnfind9141972   I agree with the consensus, look around. Great pla...   Sep 13 2022, 02:47 AM
ValcoOscar   I agree with the consensus, look around. Great pl...   Sep 13 2022, 06:51 AM
Front yard mechanic   There’s only one way to do the engine bay ,elbow...   Sep 13 2022, 06:44 AM
CCE   There’s only one way to do the engine bay ,elbo...   Sep 22 2022, 01:25 PM
StarBear   Tip for non-conspicuous and hard to access areas: ...   Sep 13 2022, 07:03 AM
david63   Thanks for the info. I’ll start looking for th...   Sep 13 2022, 11:01 AM
Root_Werks   It's (of course) the prep that costs the bulk....   Sep 13 2022, 11:32 AM
mlindner   It took me a year and 1/2 to get a hot-rod builder...   Sep 13 2022, 11:46 AM
friethmiller   Understand your issue. I was in this same boat a ...   Sep 13 2022, 01:25 PM
NARP74   Rattle can party? I'm in...   Sep 22 2022, 01:35 PM
BENBRO02   Rattle can party? I'm in... A guy brought h...   Sep 22 2022, 08:06 PM
seanpaulmc   Rattle can party? I'm in... A guy brought ...   Sep 23 2022, 05:53 AM
bandjoey   Raising kids I didn't have the money for a pro...   Sep 22 2022, 08:49 PM
B3owulf   I paid $4500 for an okay paint job. If I cou...   Sep 22 2022, 09:02 PM
Geezer914   take it to a local Vocational school that teaches ...   Sep 23 2022, 04:27 AM
Geezer914   take it to a local Vocational school that teaches ...   Sep 23 2022, 04:27 AM
Geezer914   The only thing if you are painting 2 stage clear c...   Sep 23 2022, 03:10 PM
914e   The only thing if you are painting 2 stage clear ...   Sep 24 2022, 12:27 AM
Front yard mechanic   All paint shops now are collision centers. I would...   Sep 24 2022, 08:12 AM


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