Low cost paint job or Vehicle Wrap?
July 23, 2012 1:25 PM Subscribe
Should I spend 2-3 thousand on a "premier" Maaco job, try my luck at a mom and pop (WPB, FL area if you have any recommendations), or go for a vehicle wrap? Any MeFites with experience with either?
posted by Debaser626 to Travel & Transportation (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, I just sank a ton of money into the mechanics, so it's running pretty sweet. Unfortunately, I had NO idea how much it would cost to do the paint work on this when I bought it. I've received a few quotes in the $10,000-$12,000 range. There's not too much rust on the chrome, and no visible rust/damage to the body panels or undercarriage, but the 10-12k range are the restoring quotes I received.
It is highly doubtful I will ever possess this much money to spend on a paint/chrome restoration job for a car. Even without the chrome restoration work, the quotes I received are in the $6-$7k range for paint alone.
Now for the horrific part.... I unfortunately lost my mind a week or two after getting the quotes, and I tried to blend some discolored areas on the car with touch up auto spray paint. Of course, this didn't go too well, and then... I tried to "fix" the areas I initially sprayed by painting blue flames on the car and... well... ahem, I'm sure you can imagine the rest.
So now... I'm left with a partially self-painted car, and I desperately want to undo my dumbass mistake. I don't plan on selling this car for the foreseeable future, so I would like something I can look cool in for at least 4-5 years and revisit the actual paint job a few years from now. I just don't know if I should go with a vehicle wrap or a 2-3 thousand dollar paint job. I'm in the West Palm Beach, FL Area. Any advice?