Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lake Worth
Bronco Info: 1992 XLT 5.8 $400.00
OK.. you need to figure somewhere between $80.00 and $100.00 per hour to work on the truck.
That is just labor.
Then wrap in the cost of paint itself.
Clear coat itself can run over 100 bucks a gallon and the Bronco might take at least an entire gallon of clear.
A gallon ob base is right around $150.00 a gallon and you can count on a few gallons of that.
Then you have primer, bondo, and all the other goodies that goes along with it.
The most expensive part, by far, is the labor involved.
Your best bet, if you plan on keeping it forever, is to remove the body and try to do as much work as possible yourself.
I see that Sydude has offered to help. I would jump on that offer in a heartbeat.
If you can remove the body yourself and do all of the prep work yourself, you can probably get an absolutly beautiful paint job with high quality paints for around a grand.
Color also comes into play. Light colors are much more forgiving to first time body work people then dark colors are.
Gloss black will amplify every single mistake you have while white pretty much covers up all the small mistakes
I came into this life kicking, screaming, and covered in blood.
If I do it right, I will leave the same way.