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Question DetailsAsked on 1/21/2018

estimate on painting a 1977 nova

I ha 've a 1977 chevy nova rally. I need estimate on painting it. Minimum rust, small amount of Bondi work to be done

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Depends a LOT on whether the rust is from inside or outside (may need a body shop, not just a paint sho if rust-through), and whether you are looking at something to make it look decent and protect against rust or this is going to be a retro show-off car for you.

Here is a previous Angies List article on the subject for you:

Cheapest one-coat or two-coat paint jobs (Auto - Painting is of course the Search the List category to find well-rated and reviewed auto body and paint shops for this) typically (excluding cousin Bubba's Barber and Car painting Service) run $500-1000 and up if any prep is required (meaning you did not pre-prep it) - and with any body repair or rust repair typically closer to $1000 than $500 at that. More like $1000-2000 typically for a larger vehicle like a large SUV or pickup or one needing any significant rust/dent repair.

For a mid-level paint job, (but not to a like-new-car or showroom level of detail) with multiple coat paint (essential if you want long life) and clear coat, figure $1500-3500 range for a car and $2000-5500 for a large vehicle, and for higher-end like-new showroom quality painting (which will typically involve complete stripping of the paint to bare metal and as many as a dozen or more coats of base (color) paint and a few of clear coat - or up to 10 coats or so if clear laquer going for the "see-through full depth" look - you can easily get into the $5000-10000 range.

Truly top-end with around 12-20 total coats, custom pattern design, etc for show cars or for restoration of classics can easily run $10,000 - 40,000 range - though that might be a bit over the top for a Nova unless yours is the one I saw a picture of with a 509 Dart big-block in it.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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