a decent auto body painter should be making about 100k a year....
there is tons of labor in painting thats where the cost comes from if the flares are plastic which i assume they are they need to yes first sand them even though they are ready to paint, then they need to use special flex primers, and then paint it so id say around 100-150 for half way decent supplies
I've seen better than pro looking results coming from a rattle can done by folks with a little bit of practice, and a HOT garage...
Seriously. To DIY, you would need the following supplies.
#1. Rubbing alcohol
#2. Tack cloth, or lint free micro fiber.
#3. 300 grit or finer sanding sponge.
#4. Distilled water.
#5. Duplicolor Adhesion Promoter. (Flexible plastic primer).
#6. Duplicolor color coat for your paint code.
#7. Duplicolor clear coat.
#8. Hot garage.
#9. Trash can, bench, or whatever to rest flares on to cure.
Oh yeah, the flares themselves.
Rub the flares down fully with rubbing alcohol and the tack cloth. You want to remove any lubricants, sealants, and that sort of crap that may be left on the flare in the manufacturing process.
Lightly sand the flares down using a wet sanding sponge. Rinse the flare and let dry.
Spray per can instructions, the adhesion promoter. Put flares in garage and allow to cure at least 24 hours. Repeat to insure complete coverage of the flares.
Spray per can instructions with color coat, allow to dry, and LIGHTLY wet sand between coats. Depending on how light your coats are, 4-8 coats will do the job. You want a smooth blemish free finish. Wet sand last coat lightly, and rinse / allow to dry.
Step #5. Spray per can instructions with clear coat, same as with primer and color coat. 2-4 coats of clear is fine. Allow this stage to cure in the hot garage at least 5 days prior to assembly.
Step #6. Assemble flares onto the truck. DO NOT USE HARSH ABRASIVES OR WAXES FOR AT LEAST A MONTH!
Now you know why pro painters take so long, and cost so much.
Anyone know a decent shop in Denver area that doesn't charge an arm and a leg. I just got a quote of appx $580 not installed and $780-800+ installed they said at least 2hours prep work for each flare. Also I was wondering how hard it is to remove old FX4 flares and install Bushwacker extend a fender flares?
2004 F150 Supercrew FX4
18" Exteme Alloys
Silverstar headlights, driving lights & signals
2010 Lincoln Navigator L
24 inch Gianelle Dubais
Silverstar driving lights
paint costs are outrageous because of the EPA. there is big penalties in cost because of the "environmental" hazards. Last I priced black, a quart was $175 here in Washington state. My paint booth will be up in a couple months.. I will paint them for a fair price if anyone is in western Washington.
[QUOTE=FoMoCoFan17]I'm sure if you take them of and prep them yourself that price will come way down./QUOTE]
Many shops will not paint vehicles or parts that someone else preps. My brother has a shop and I asked him why. He said if he does it and the prep is not good and the job looks bad or peels, it reflects on him. When someone asks the owner who did the painting, he tells them which shop did it. He doesn't explain who did the prop work or what he paid. The price should be in the neighborhood of $200 unless it is one of the expensive colors. My brother has paid over $300 for 1/2 pint for certain colors (there is no logical connection that we can see)
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