Current Full Respray Cost

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Current Full Respray Cost

Postby colonelchestbridge » Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:16 pm

Hi there, I found some old posts here about Resprays from 10 years ago but talking to garages, the figures for a bare metal respray aren't £1-2000 anymore. £3500 is apparently 'suspiciously cheap' and £5000 seems to be the starting point in the rare case that there's 'nothing to repair' according to ESM. Some even talk of £10-20,000 which seems ludicrous.

If I'm looking for a proper job in 2020, what ballpark should I budget for a bare metal respray? Any reasonably priced recommendations? I've heard about using 'cellulose' paint instead of modern paint for a cheaper and more authentic, original Moggy paint job. Perhaps this is the disparity?

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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby Chipper » Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:32 pm

It depends on which model of Minor you have; obviously, a Traveller or 4-door saloon would cost more to respray than a 2-door saloon.

Also depends on whether you require the inside surfaces (dashboard, insides of doors, engine bay, etc. done).

Assuming it's just the outside of a 2-door saloon, and doesn't need too much in the way of repairs, I would say £2,500-£3,000 would be fair.
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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby geoberni » Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:49 pm

I found this example website for a small car respray: https://job-prices.co.uk/car-respray-cost/
Ford Focus complete respray. Car is in good overall condition with only minimal of repair work. £2400
Ford Focus complete respray. Car requires some remedial work - dents straightened out and two small rust patches made good. £2900
Focus bumper respray to match original colour £280
Focus respray one side panel to match original, minor repair to panel - small dent straightened out £400
Equally, this site https://www.whitesbodyworks.com/the-def ... ost-guide/

says
To give you an idea of what you should be paying, however, here’s a rough breakdown of what you can expect with White’s Bodyworks for an average car such as Ford Escort or VW that requires a full body respray.

The car requires the minimum of repairs and just has a few minor scratches or chips: £2,000
The car requires minor welding, has small rust damage or a few dented panels that need to be repaired: £2,800
The car requires extensive repairs, welding or panel replacement: £4,000+

The costs, of course, can rise if we are dealing with a luxury or classic car which requires either different processes or more detailed work. That can boost the price anywhere up to £6,000 depending on the vehicle.
So the £5K suggested by ESM seems a bit over the top.
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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby philthehill » Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:10 pm

You do need to take the car to at least three independent spray shops so they can see what needs to be done - get a written quotation from each spelling out what needs to be done and the finished standard that will be achieved.
You also need to spell out to them what finish you expect and what they are to do and as important what they are not to do.
Once you and they have all that information they can make a qualified estimate and you can make a qualified decision as to what to do.
Make sure that whoever gets the job of respraying knows that they have to keep you in the loop in case additional work or problems is/are found part way through the job.
Fully photograph the car before it goes for a respray so that any discrepancies in the finished job can be discussed with the spray shop.
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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby colonelchestbridge » Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:37 pm

Thanks for this. If anyone knows good body shops for respray in the south of England that would be ace...

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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby ianmack » Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:00 am

I would expect that the quotes above in the £2k range are to prepare and spray. Since the first post refers to a bare metal spray I would expect this to be much more as removing all the old paint involves a lot of work.

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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby myoldjalopy » Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:51 am

Yes, it depends on what needs to be done - and how well they do it. I had mine done for £5,700 - but that included stripping the whole car to bare metal, removing doors wings etc, repairing a front wing and all four door bottoms correctly and putting it back together again (not to mention fitting the dreaded split windscreen! :wink: ). And it looks really very nice, even five years later. The firm was recommended by a classic car mechanic who said "He's not cheap, but he does an excellent job." No doubt I could have got it done cheaper, and possibly to the same standard, but it does fit in with the ESM estimate. As a distant relative had just left me £7,000 (a complete surprise) I decided to treat the car as it had gone to look decidedly shabby, although completely solid.
The results of a cheap respray are often disappointing and lack durability.

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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby colonelchestbridge » Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:11 pm

What was the firms name?

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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby philthehill » Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:56 pm

Where are you located - the south of England is a big place.


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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby Tea » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:27 pm

It depends where in the South you are - if anywhere near Cambridge (I guess this is maybe considered more midlands if from the 'proper' south), I'd highly recommend Ian Allen of Minor Services in Witchford. Certainly on the higher cost end, but the paint on our traveller is still looking like new 13 or 14 years on and worth every penny.

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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby colonelchestbridge » Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:01 pm

North London but willing to travel for a bit to avoid the London surcharge!

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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby myoldjalopy » Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:42 pm

colonelchestbridge wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:11 pm
What was the firms name?
Colonel it was Cardrew Bodyworks, Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth....but a long ways from London :-?

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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby Myrtles Man » Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:27 am

Although outside your specified region, these people have a reputation second to none and will at least be able to give you a realistic cost for a top-quality job which might be a useful yardstick for any other quotes you receive:- https://www.option1sportscars.co.uk/classic/

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Re: Current Full Respray Cost

Postby philthehill » Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:02 am

You may be able to get a feel of the cost of a respray by talking to a bodywork company but any reputable bodywork business would not provide a written estimate of the cost of the work required without seeing the vehicle.



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