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Old 02-15-2012, 08:52 PM   #1
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Default How much did it cost to repaint your Saturn?

I wasn't sure if I should put this here or in general, so I decided on here since more of y'all would get it painted custom like.

But ya, pretty general idea, how much did it cost to paint your Saturn?

Did you do it yourself or take it somewhere?

Do you have any advice on someone with absolutely no body work experience painting their car?

Does anyone have a list of custom garages in different areas that do this kind of stuff?

(If you couldn't tell, I'm partially getting ideas down. My Saturn is Silver, and though that isn't bad, I would love to have it in a different color so I'm curious how much it generally costs.)

Thannnnks, and if there's another thread like this feel free to punch me in the eye.

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Old 02-15-2012, 09:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: How much did it cost to repaint your Saturn?

Well, for a custom paint job, unless you know somebody, it will probably cost more than your car is worth ($1000+). Many people have painted their saturns themselves because the entire body of the car can be disassembled much more easily than any other car without the spaceframe design. Considering that you can pick up a decently inexpensive compressed air powered paint sprayer from the hardware store for ~$20, and that custom colored paint can be ordered online in bulk at a fairly low cost, doing it yourself may seem like the best option. The two downsides to doing it yourself is first finding a place that you can spray where no other particulate matter in the air is going to mess up your new paint job (finding a clean space to spray is much harder than you think). The second downside to doing it yourself is all of the time that you will have to spend sanding. If you don't sand the entire car meticulously and prime it properly, your new paint job will look like garbage or not coat properly. Also, with an S-series I'm sure the car has some nicks in the body panels, which would need to be filled with body-filler and then sanded down to make the overall coat look much nicer. Doing it yourself is definitely the best route if you are a perfectionist, and you don't mind spending hours upon hours sanding to do a good job. If you are even at all moderately lazy, then don't even attempt this because you will end up with a half-sanded, half-painted car that looks like garbage. But doing it yourself (or maybe conscripting some friends) can make the overall cost for repainting the car roughly $200, since the majority of the cost of the paint job is all of the labor that goes into prepping and spraying the car.

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:05 PM   #3
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Default Re: How much did it cost to repaint your Saturn?

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Well, for a custom paint job, unless you know somebody, it will probably cost more than your car is worth ($1000+). Many people have painted their saturns themselves because the entire body of the car can be disassembled much more easily than any other car without the spaceframe design. Considering that you can pick up a decently inexpensive compressed air powered paint sprayer from the hardware store for ~$20, and that custom colored paint can be ordered online in bulk at a fairly low cost, doing it yourself may seem like the best option. The two downsides to doing it yourself is first finding a place that you can spray where no other particulate matter in the air is going to mess up your new paint job (finding a clean space to spray is much harder than you think). The second downside to doing it yourself is all of the time that you will have to spend sanding. If you don't sand the entire car meticulously and prime it properly, your new paint job will look like garbage or not coat properly. Also, with an S-series I'm sure the car has some nicks in the body panels, which would need to be filled with body-filler and then sanded down to make the overall coat look much nicer. Doing it yourself is definitely the best route if you are a perfectionist, and you don't mind spending hours upon hours sanding to do a good job. If you are even at all moderately lazy, then don't even attempt this because you will end up with a half-sanded, half-painted car that looks like garbage. But doing it yourself (or maybe conscripting some friends) can make the overall cost for repainting the car roughly $200, since the majority of the cost of the paint job is all of the labor that goes into prepping and spraying the car.
What if it has nothing to do with being lazy and has to do with not having hours up hours upon hours to not have a car? :P

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:24 PM   #4
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The nice part about sanding saturns is that the body panels are plastic. This means that you don't have to worry about most of your body rusting if you are driving it around while it is in the process of being sanded. Sanding and painting doesn't have to require spending large amounts of time all at once, but could be a project that happens in parts. Of course the car you would be driving would look pretty silly half sanded and half painted, but if you take it in steps, the entire process can be done in a few weekends of spending a few hours prepping the car for painting and it will look great when it's done.

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Old 02-16-2012, 02:42 AM   #5
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A friend of mine just had his P71 painted a few weeks ago. Bigger than a Saturn and it cost his just over 2k.

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:44 AM   #6
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Default Re: How much did it cost to repaint your Saturn?

Always been a fan of this take:

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=154427


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Old 02-16-2012, 08:18 AM   #7
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Always been a fan of this take:

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