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    The true price of paint?

    I recently obtained a quote to re-spray the rear bumper of my 2007 XKR for £350 plus VAT. Amongst the quote was a figure of £192 plus VAT for the paint!
    I have received another quote of £250 plus VAT for the whole job including the paint.
    I recently purchased a 400ml aerosol tin of Jaguar colour mixed paint PLUS 500ml of clear coat for £23.95 from The Scratch Doctor. At a guess, I could spray the whole bumper with two or three aerosol cans.

    What would be the true cost of good quality paint per litre from a wholesaler?

    I am sure body shops overcharge for materials as the general public have no idea of the costs involved.
    Currently enjoying:
    2007 XKR Convert. Frost Blue, Ivory leather. 32k
    2006 S Type R. Slate Grey, Dove Grey leather. Full Burr Walnut upgrade, Rear DVD screens. 64k.
    1999 XKR Convert. Meteorite Silver with Ivory leather. 79k.
    Previously enjoyed: 1970 XL6 4.2 1974; 1982 XJS HE V12 5.3 1987 - 1990; 2000 S Type 3.0 manual 2001-2015; 1998 XK8 Convert Mar/Apr 2016. 2009 Red XK convert Nov 2016 to March 2017: 2010 All black XKR May to Oct 2017: 2009 Green XKR convert. 28k miles.Mar to July 2018

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    I think quotes between £250 - £350 + VAT are perfectly reasonable.

    Car paint is expensive, there's no getting away from it. And there's at least three paint products going to be used. Plus all the consumables, like masking tape, masking paper, filler, stopper, DA sanding discs, prep solution, operator's gloves, etc, etc. Primer surface, colour basecoat and clear laquer are the paint products to be used, and they all have their associated hardeners and thinners.

    Then there's the final de-knibbing and polishing and associated compounds.

    I think you're getting an absolute bargain even at £350!
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    My pal is in the car retail trade and pays £100 per panel.
    The variation doesn’t make sense to me.
    I am not unhappy paying for a good job as long as it’s fair.
    Currently enjoying:
    2007 XKR Convert. Frost Blue, Ivory leather. 32k
    2006 S Type R. Slate Grey, Dove Grey leather. Full Burr Walnut upgrade, Rear DVD screens. 64k.
    1999 XKR Convert. Meteorite Silver with Ivory leather. 79k.
    Previously enjoyed: 1970 XL6 4.2 1974; 1982 XJS HE V12 5.3 1987 - 1990; 2000 S Type 3.0 manual 2001-2015; 1998 XK8 Convert Mar/Apr 2016. 2009 Red XK convert Nov 2016 to March 2017: 2010 All black XKR May to Oct 2017: 2009 Green XKR convert. 28k miles.Mar to July 2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stagnite View Post
    My pal is in the car retail trade and pays £100 per panel.
    Because he's just getting a quick blow-over to make the car "presentable" for sale. It will just be a short blast of colour over any repaired section then a single coat of lacquer (if indeed, they do spray the whole panel with lacquer).

    What you've been quoted for is a professional job, that should be to the same (and correct) standard as the rest of the car.

    I stand by my initial comment that you are getting a bargain at £350.00. If your pal is really your "pal", then get him to have your rear bumper sprayed. Then get back to us.
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    1973 Jensen Interceptor Mk III 7.2
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    Quote Originally Posted by SV8Predator View Post
    Because he's just getting a quick blow-over to make the car "presentable" for sale. It will just be a short blast of colour over any repaired section then a single coat of lacquer (if indeed, they do spray the whole panel with lacquer).

    What you've been quoted for is a professional job, that should be to the same (and correct) standard as the rest of the car.

    I stand by my initial comment that you are getting a bargain at £350.00. If your pal is really your "pal", then get him to have your rear bumper sprayed. Then get back to us.
    No chance of getting my pals painter anywhere near my Jag! I am far too fussy for a quick blow over SV8Predator.
    The point I was raising is how can £100 cover the paint AND labour unless the paint is only a tenner!

    As you are quite knowledgeable on this topic, can you tell me how much a litre of paint costs?
    Currently enjoying:
    2007 XKR Convert. Frost Blue, Ivory leather. 32k
    2006 S Type R. Slate Grey, Dove Grey leather. Full Burr Walnut upgrade, Rear DVD screens. 64k.
    1999 XKR Convert. Meteorite Silver with Ivory leather. 79k.
    Previously enjoyed: 1970 XL6 4.2 1974; 1982 XJS HE V12 5.3 1987 - 1990; 2000 S Type 3.0 manual 2001-2015; 1998 XK8 Convert Mar/Apr 2016. 2009 Red XK convert Nov 2016 to March 2017: 2010 All black XKR May to Oct 2017: 2009 Green XKR convert. 28k miles.Mar to July 2018

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    Been looking at www.morelli.co.uk. I see they sell a mixing kit which explains it all. Now I remember my neighbour having a mobile repair guy touch up his car. He mixed his own colour from a mixing kit so therefore the cost of the paint would be minimal A kit can be purchased for £630 including about 50 100 ml bottles of paint. This equates to £12.60 for 100ml.
    So to charge £192 for paint is ridiculous, unless I am missing something.
    Currently enjoying:
    2007 XKR Convert. Frost Blue, Ivory leather. 32k
    2006 S Type R. Slate Grey, Dove Grey leather. Full Burr Walnut upgrade, Rear DVD screens. 64k.
    1999 XKR Convert. Meteorite Silver with Ivory leather. 79k.
    Previously enjoyed: 1970 XL6 4.2 1974; 1982 XJS HE V12 5.3 1987 - 1990; 2000 S Type 3.0 manual 2001-2015; 1998 XK8 Convert Mar/Apr 2016. 2009 Red XK convert Nov 2016 to March 2017: 2010 All black XKR May to Oct 2017: 2009 Green XKR convert. 28k miles.Mar to July 2018

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