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Old 05-12-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Okay so Me and my 03 mustang gt has recently been in a small fender bender and I had to replace my cobra bumper cover. I'm currently waiting for it to come in. It comes already primered and I'm Getting it painted when it comes in. I also have some weather damage on my hood and it's through the clear coat so no compound can fix it (I was told). So I have to repaint the bumper and the hood. Spoke with the paint shop and they say they can do it around $400. So I was thinking, I have the roush stage 3 spoiler and I want to do a wing delete. if I change it then I would have to fill in the holes and repaint the whole trunk lid. That's another 250 so all this is probably going to add up to about 600. My car is painted true blue and there aren't any that I could just buy already painted. I know that if I get these body parts repainted, you can tell the difference since it's going to be freshly painted. the car is a daily driver and it has never been clay barred before and hasn't been waxed/polished in about 2 years. If I'm paying around 600 then should I just get my car repainted the same color and spend the little extra money? Or should I take the risk of painting only those parts and just extremely detail what's not been painted. If I get the car repainted I know that I won't have any paint chips or any scratches and also it will be easier to maintain but it might not be necessary to repaint the car. Kind of stuck and can't make a decision. Appreciate the help!
This is my car when I first bought it couple years back, can't really see the hood but it's noticeable.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:00 PM   #2
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It's up to you man.

Ask yourself, will these freshly painted panels against the older, marred and faded panels bug me every time I walk by them? Can I afford to drop a couple grand to repaint my whole car?

Personally, when I bought my 2006 V6 the paint was in 'not so great' condition. I also wanted new bumpers, painted mirror covers + rocker panels, chin and rear spoilers, and had clear coat chipping on my doors that I wanted to fix. So I elected to just repaint the whole car.
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Did you paint it the same color or did you change the color?
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If you don't mind me asking how much did it cost you to repaint the whole car?
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:27 PM   #5
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Did you paint it the same color or did you change the color?
Same color.

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If you don't mind me asking how much did it cost you to repaint the whole car?
I couldn't tell you a set price. Car was in the shop twice. First time was for some custom work and someone damaged my hood + fender so insurance covered replacing and repainting those. Second time was for rear end.

I can tell you individual prices that my painter (people will tell you he's the most skilled around for miles, but at a modest price) quoted me (for paint + installation):

Bumpers (front and rear) $300-$400 each
Hood $600
Mirror covers $150ish (set of two)
Rocker panels $300ish (set of two)
Hood scoop $250
Rear spoiler $250
Fenders $400-$500ish each

So quality paint+install is not cheap ($150 just for two painted little mirror covers). However, my painter would spray parts multiple times until he had a perfect match+finish and when it came to installation, he only used quality parts (i.e. mounting hardware) and didn't take any shortcuts. Also 1yr warranty.
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Oh okay. I guess that gives me a basic idea of how much everything will cost. I have somewhat of a connect to a skilled painter somewhere in my family. Imma talk to him and see if we can work out a deal for the whole car I guess. Thank you! Appreciate it
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Just repaint and see if you can polish and rejuvenate the old paint to match and go from there if it matches well enough then your not out a bunch and you can spend the money on performance or something else
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Yea. That's what I was thinking. But. I do pretty much have full bolt ons. I'm trying to get all the appearance mods done with, lowering springs, paint, spoiler, chin spoilers, rims, HIDs, etc. then imma eventually Imms put some spray
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Just repaint and see if you can polish and rejuvenate the old paint to match and go from there if it matches well enough then your not out a bunch and you can spend the money on performance or something else
That's actually a great idea.
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I'm probably going to do that then. I was wondering to paint the whole car because I just might get a better deal on it. I have no idea. But I appreciate the help!!
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I forgot to mention - yes, the more work done you get at once (i.e. painting the whole car vs. part for part) the more of a discount you may be able to receive. That is definitely something my painter made apparent and honored when he was finished with my car. On top of his discount, he charged me even less so I ended up with $200 extra and just gave him half as a tip.

He also drives a 2004 Mustang SVT Cobra so the Mustang bond we had may have been in favor as well.

Anytime man, I'm here to help.
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Hahaha damn. I guess I just have to look around I'll start with the mustang owners
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