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    Respray/Bodywork

    Hi,

    I'm planning out my respray and any bodywork whilst I have my interior out fixing a sunroof and just generally tidying up.

    I've had one indicative quote from a place in Mid Beds (vehicle restoration) who said £7k for just a respray + extra for body work on top. That sounded expensie to me. It wasn't back to metal but they do seem to do a really good job.

    I'm going somewhere else for a quote on Sat 29th.

    What should I be looking at in the current market? I want a windows out jobby to decent standard. I know I currently have some surface rust around the edge of my fuel filler lip and some 2in of rust at the drivers side rear sill (inside and out - this was where water was collecting from my leaky sunroof). My rear arches have been repaired but have signs of minor bubbles again.

    Any recommendations greatly appreciated, feel free to PM me if you don't want to put figures or info on a public forum.
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    I'd say 3-5k at least for a respray, depending on quality and then you need to add extra for any rust repair and welding and all the bits of trim and seals that will need replacing.

    The major cost of a respray is the amount of labour required to strip the car down carefully and then the time and care taken for paint prep work - the latter will really affect the look and longevity of the end result. You can save a fair bit of money by doing as much stripping of the car yourself as you can. You might well end up replacing the windscreen, trim strips, badges, grill and roof trims.

    Over here in Ireland I would be looking at at least €5000 for a respray - I'd personally not be surprised at an end total of 8-10k for a job up to my standards. I'm sure others will come back with cheaper quotes, but I'm talking a factory finish that will last 10-20 years again.
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    Unfortunately, this is the going rate for a proper job with lights, windows and trims removed. If anyone is offering a respray for substantial less you will need to look very carefully at the scope of work.
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    I’ll speak to my body shop in Rugeley mate the one partner owns a rado and the other mk2 golfs and e30s so an older car do t bother them , all the Vw people’s use them round here .

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    Right just spoke to him and they said for a full respray glass out etc starts at 6.5 k . I would seriously consider jumping on the ferry and getting done on the continent at them prices .

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    Unfortunately full resprays are massively time consuming and the materials aren't cheap either which makes them expensive for a good quality job. Prepping it yourself will lower the cost but they will still have to redo a lot of it just be sure, if your car starts bubbling up with rust a few months after they are done it will reflect badly on their work.

    I prepped a lot of mine myself, welded up anything that needed doing, pulled arches etc. they finished it off, welded audi door handles in, smoothed off the bonnet washer jets and rear wiper. Was a full windows out job and cost me around £2 - 2.5k from memory but I live up norf where everything isn't stupidly priced. After buying brand new window scraper seals, roof & sunroof seals etc I reckon I was around the 3k mark but it still looks mint now, putting aside all the stupid dings I've done myself.

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    Cheers for the comments. So that is about right. I am a believer in getting it right first time so will have to save a bit more.

    I was thinking 4 + welding and parts so say 6k in total but I am off in my estimations.
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    Is it just me but has this doubled in price for the last 5 years. Well above inflation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfnsht View Post
    Cheers for the comments. So that is about right. I am a believer in getting it right first time so will have to save a bit more.

    I was thinking 4 + welding and parts so say 6k in total but I am off in my estimations.
    I think you will get a good body shop to do that if you shop about with your budget.

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    I paid 3k for the roof to be cut 4” back from the screen .
    The usual rust by the rear wiper .
    Bubbles on the screen edge of the boot lid going up towards the roof on both sides
    The body work was cut out of both rear windows .
    There was other stuff as well but without looking at the receipt I can’t remember. The price for removing all the glass removal and refitting and new front screen seals was inc .
    Edit. The car had a full detail as well .

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