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high-end car paint

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by brescd01, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. brescd01

    brescd01 Senior member

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    I am thinking of re-painting my car grey. Is there a method or place one goes to to get Aston Martin or Bentley quality paint?
     
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    jet Senior member

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    All you would have to do really I would imagine is asking a high end body shop who will be able to provide sikkens or glasurit.
     
  3. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    As jet says find a high end paintshop, expensive paint jobs are normally the result of a lot prep, wet sanding, expensive paint and a lot of clear coat.
     
  4. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    Yep, all in the prep. Paint hides nothing.
     
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    I am thinking of re-painting my car grey. Is there a method or place one goes to to get Aston Martin or Bentley quality paint?

    I wouldn't change the color unless 1) You don't care about the car's appearance and 2) you don't care what people say about the car's appearance. However, if you don't care about either, why bother in the first place?
     
  6. Logan

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    I wouldn't change the color unless 1) You don't care about the car's appearance and 2) you don't care what people say about the car's appearance. However, if you don't care about either, why bother in the first place?

    What the fuck kind of fucked up shit is this? Did you fall down a flight of stairs and smash your head off each one?

    If he wants to paint the car to an Aston Martin or Bentley level of quality, he obviously cares. If he asked where to buy a can of spray paint to achieve this look, it would be obvious he doesn't.

    I'm not sure where the OP is from but you should go a Google search to find higher end paint shops in your area. I'd call them up and ask what it will cost to have this done. Don't be surprised to spend $3000 or more for a decent job. If you can do any prep work yourself, do it. Sanding sucks ass, but paying someone else to do it sucks more.

    What kind of car are you looking to paint?
     
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    Is there a method or place one goes to to get Aston Martin or Bentley quality paint?

    I'm curious about this too.
     
  8. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    I'm curious about this too.


    Most painters use the same paint House kolor / Dupont, so it a question of prep, the painters skill level and the amount of layers of clear coat and not the paint.

    If you want to be a 100% sure you get the Aston, Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls finish go to the local stealership and ask who they use to paint their cars, a lot of places use external painters.
     
  9. turboman808

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    All about finding a good body shop. The thing is to do a really good job is a ton of work. 90% of body shops just do shit work that will make most people happy. Heck most body shops won't even paint a complete car.


    But here is the kicker. Good paint jobs are not cheap. If the person says they can do it for less then 5k I would be worried. But also learn about paint and take a look at the jobs that they have done.

    I got my porsche painted 2 years ago and they guy did a pretty good job. But he didn't respray the door jams and the trunk area. WHY? Well that would have been another $500 to do. DUDE I didn't say I wouldn't pay more. Here is your $500 now finish the job. HAHA But that was a 5k paint job and it looks just ok.


    By the way anyone ever noticed just how shitty ferrari paint is. Lamborghini looks great, ferrari on the other hand looks like Ford or Chevy paint.
     
  10. Aaron

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    To get a show or concours quality paint job $10K is usually a starting point. As was said before, it's all the prep (sanding, primer, sanding...more sanding) that propels a paint job from pretty good to amazing. So if your car is rare and/or a classic it might be worth it. If it's a '06 M3, not so much.

    @Turboman - Ferrari paint seems really delicate to me. A family friend runs a high-end autobody shop that deals primarily in Ferrari and other exotics. When I visit I'm always surprised when fairly new Ferraris with low miles are in for fender and nose resprays because of rock chips. That might also have to do with the cars being lower to the ground but it's not something I typically see on something like a Porsche.
     
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    +1 to Sikkens or Glasurit
     
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    @Turboman - Ferrari paint seems really delicate to me. A family friend runs a high-end autobody shop that deals primarily in Ferrari and other exotics. When I visit I'm always surprised when fairly new Ferraris with low miles are in for fender and nose resprays because of rock chips. That might also have to do with the cars being lower to the ground but it's not something I typically see on something like a Porsche.


    The Ferrari F40 has paint so thin you can see the carbon weave through it, rock chips would be impossible to avoid without doing the worst thing you can do to a car, putting a bra on it.
     
  13. Pezzaturra

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    I am thinking of re-painting my car grey. Is there a method or place one goes to to get Aston Martin or Bentley quality paint?

    This is a sure way to lower your car's value while waisitng around $4-5,000.
     
  14. MrGoodBytes

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    To get a show or concours quality paint job $10K is usually a starting point.

    yup! fully agree. going through the paint process myself I can see why the price is that high.... will never paint another car.
     
  15. zjpj83

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    I am thinking of re-painting my car grey. Is there a method or place one goes to to get Aston Martin or Bentley quality paint?

    That's going to be one classy Subaru.
     
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    yup! fully agree. going through the paint process myself I can see why the price is that high.... will never paint another car.
    I remember seeing pics a few years back on another forum of a guy who had his NSX repainted. IIRC the cost was $7k, and the guy doing the work pretty much took the car apart - then said if he were to do it all over again, he'd have charged $10k.
     
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    @Turboman - Ferrari paint seems really delicate to me. A family friend runs a high-end autobody shop that deals primarily in Ferrari and other exotics. When I visit I'm always surprised when fairly new Ferraris with low miles are in for fender and nose resprays because of rock chips. That might also have to do with the cars being lower to the ground but it's not something I typically see on something like a Porsche.

    Have you ever seen a ferrari stripped? Welds are terrible, paintwork shoddy, etc.

    They only build road cars to fund their racing program.
     
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    Have you ever seen a ferrari stripped? Welds are terrible, paintwork shoddy, etc. They only build road cars to fund their racing program.
    I have, it is disconcerting to see the quality of some of the carbon work, especially when I compare it with the craftsmanship on my road bikes. Apparently ordering parts is also a nightmare. He now buys wrecks off ebay just for the parts. The back of his shop is a sad, sad place. Last time I was there an F430 was getting new suspension and underbody aerodynamics (what is that called again?) because a teenager had taken it out for a test drive, spun it and went over a curb.
    The Ferrari F40 has paint so thin you can see the carbon weave through it, rock chips would be impossible to avoid without doing the worst thing you can do to a car, putting a bra on it.
    That has more to do with weight savings than quality. Their GT cars aren't like that.
     
  19. turboman808

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    I was picking up a F360 (is that right) from one of the big shops down in Miami.

    The owner was like, man ferrari is the worst. He had Shaq's ferrari there and said it almost caught fire because he didn't drive it for 6 months and the fuel lines cracked.

    So I get about 20 miles down the road and the F360 breaks down and the shop had to come get it.


    Another time I was riding shot gun with a friend in his 308. One of those cars from when I was a kid. The spark plug wires wouldn't stay on the plugs and this light kept coming on. This light warns you about fuel pouring into the cat it seems. Placed right behind the steering wheel so the driver cannot see it. So I say "is that light important?" HAHA

    Turns out had I not told him the car would have went up in flames. This is also what causes all the Ferrari fires you hear about I guess.



    Most of the ferraris have serious orange peel like on your typical cheap car. They don't wet sand between paint and clear coat. And the sad thing is Ferrari has never tried to hide the fact that they don't care about the customers, they just want to race.
     
  20. zjpj83

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    That has more to do with weight savings than quality. Their GT cars aren't like that.

    Their paint process just sucked back then. You can see the weave of the CF through the paint on the F50 too. You can't on the Enzo. Their painting is now great. A lot of the problem is in dealer prep. These cars are tested about 100 miles and then shipped overseas - they are all going to have some swirls and some paint problems. It's up to the dealer to identify and rectify them. This does not always happen if you're dealer isn't the best.
     

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