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Old 11-15-2002, 07:16 PM
Rockman59 Rockman59 is offline
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Location: La Quinta, CA
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The going rate for a quality MB paint job in a large city is going to be near $4K. About $900 of that is paint and materials, the rest labor and profit. And to do it right is very labor instensive. Many hours to remove the trim, door handles, antenna, etc, etc, and then to do a good job sanding and masking. The good news is: check out the small towns in your area and ask around for a good paint/body shop. Most towns in the 30,000 population range will have a couple of good shops...and their overhead and shop rate will be much less than what you will pay in a larger market. And many of these small town craftsman take much more pride in their work than the city slickers. I know if you shop around you can get it done for $2500. I did ('86 560SEL) and the results were auto show quality.
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