thecyberpoet at cyberpoet.net
Mon Dec 25 21:07:16 EST 2006
I know that the pearlescent paints used on both of my last two Audi's
is extremely expensive in terms of both paint supplies and labor
compared to most automotive paints (even compared to most top-of-the-
line paints). Last time I priced the OEM paint kit, it was somewhere
well north of $1400 USD, which would be something in the £700 - £1k
range for the paint alone (compared to about $800 for a typical top-
of-the-line 5 coat paint system that uses a base, two color coats and
two clear coats). As with all paint jobs, the quality of the paint
job is directly related to the quality of the prep work, and that
translates literally into hours of manpower.
The most idealized paint job would be an off-body bead-blast, rezinc
coat, fill as necessary, primer, plus whatever top-coat system is OEM
or better in quality, then replace all the trim. I've only run across
one shop that doesn't normally work on historic restorations that
would go to the detail level of removing the body parts and
rezinc'ing them; the best you could normally hope for would be bead/
sand blast followed by the fill/primer/paint.
A typical paint job needs to off-gas for 3+ months to attain full
hardness and durability even if it was baked on for a day or two at
the outset of the painting. Waxing or otherwise sealing the paint
from the outside before it finishes curing will curse the paint to
remaining soft and thus easily damaged.
=-= Marc Glasgow
On Dec 25, 2006, at 5:06 AM, James Whitehouse wrote:
> In any case, I wondered if anyone had any experience of getting a
> complete respray done on these cars. A friend of mine who's an Audi
> reckoned about £2500 for a proper job with the windows out and trim
> by a reputable shop where the job will last properly. I'm more
> that they'll have problems getting rid of the last semi-crappy job
> Any thoughts, or anyone know of any 'master resprayers' in the UK?
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