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Old February 2nd   #1
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Possibly looking for a good body shop...

My wife has informed me that she wants to have my 06 Scion Tc repainted for me (previous owner didn't take care of the outside very well) for my birthday. It only has one major repair needed (looks like the PO swiped a pole on the passenger side) the needs repaired and door dings here and there... Any recommendations? Not looking for a show quality, needs to be garage kept, type job but I want it to shine. I'm also just wanting to go back with the original color (Super white). Thanks in advanced!
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Old February 4th   #2
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Old February 5th   #3
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Thought about HBS but I was just feeling out for some options... doesn't seem like i'll get to many answers lol
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No one really comes to mind other then the show quality people that will charge a lot of money. Paint jobs aren't cheap.
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Chances are your talking about some serious coin from them though......prolly $1500-2000.

If I'm reading his orginal post he's not wanting to spend that much.
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Probably much more than that. A total vehicle repaint is NOT a cheap job. Any way you slice it. There is a lot of time that goes into that, and shops are going to charge for it.
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Probably much more than that. A total vehicle repaint is NOT a cheap job. Any way you slice it. There is a lot of time that goes into that, and shops are going to charge for it.
It goes back to 99.9999999999999% of people have no clue what it takes to paint a car. The painting part is easy, it's the body work and prep that kills you. Plus late model cars are a total pain to paint.
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Chances are your talking about some serious coin from them though......prolly $1500-2000.

If I'm reading his orginal post he's not wanting to spend that much.
I'm actually looking to spend no more than 2k... I can do some of the body work myself since i've had a few years experience doing so and some schooling on it... but meh.
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There's a couple of threads on this same subject that should be of some help:
http://www.huntsvillecarscene.com/showthread.php?t=4863
http://www.huntsvillecarscene.com/sh...4&postcount=27
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I'm actually looking to spend no more than 2k... I can do some of the body work myself since i've had a few years experience doing so and some schooling on it... but meh.
Just a heads up most shops like to do the prep work them selves. If I had intentions of doing this I would talk to the body shop you plan to use before getting started. We're doing this with a Land Cruiser we are resorting but we've already talked to the guy that is painting it and using the primer that he likes to paint over. Seems trivial but it's the only way most will touch one.
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Just a heads up most shops like to do the prep work them selves. If I had intentions of doing this I would talk to the body shop you plan to use before getting started. We're doing this with a Land Cruiser we are resorting but we've already talked to the guy that is painting it and using the primer that he likes to paint over. Seems trivial but it's the only way most will touch one.
This is some really good advice. Painting is still an art, and most professionals have their favorites when it comes to paints, primers, and even processes. Great results may all look the same, but there's a lot of different ways to get there.
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This is some really good advice. Painting is still an art, and most professionals have their favorites when it comes to paints, primers, and even processes. Great results may all look the same, but there's a lot of different ways to get there.
Well the painting is the easy part. It's the body work that makes or breaks a paint job in my opinion.

Yes I realize the actual paint part can as well but you all see the point I'm making. Prep is 90% of a paint job.
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Well the painting is the easy part. It's the body work that makes or breaks a paint job in my opinion.

Yes I realize the actual paint part can as well but you all see the point I'm making. Prep is 90% of a paint job.
Yep, it's why I mentioned the process.
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I'm actually looking to spend no more than 2k... I can do some of the body work myself since i've had a few years experience doing so and some schooling on it... but meh.
If you have some experience, check with the Huntsville Center for Technology. They have night classes where you can bring in your own project and work on them. It is an 8 week class for I think 2 or 3 hours 2 nights a week. You bring in your own project and work on it and there is an instructor there if you have questions and need pointers. It is on Drake Ave. They also have a paint booth there.

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If you have some experience, check with the Huntsville Center for Technology. They have night classes where you can bring in your own project and work on them. It is an 8 week class for I think 2 or 3 hours 2 nights a week. You bring in your own project and work on it and there is an instructor there if you have questions and need pointers. It is on Drake Ave. They also have a paint booth there.
Thanks! I'll have to look into it. May just go ahead, say screw it, and just let somebody have it. Still talking the details out with the wife. Either way, the car is getting painted!
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Thanks! I'll have to look into it. May just go ahead, say screw it, and just let somebody have it. Still talking the details out with the wife. Either way, the car is getting painted!
Well, if you are throwing budget to the wind, give me a call.
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If you have some experience, check with the Huntsville Center for Technology. They have night classes where you can bring in your own project and work on them. It is an 8 week class for I think 2 or 3 hours 2 nights a week. You bring in your own project and work on it and there is an instructor there if you have questions and need pointers. It is on Drake Ave. They also have a paint booth there.
you sure that they are still open????
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you sure that they are still open????
Not sure, last I heard, they were but that was a year or more ago.
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