Originally Posted by davway
all i wanted to do was rub back my paint a little and respray the colour and clear coat back over as the top of the car has faded. dont really want a bare metal specially not for 5k. what size compressor do you have and is there any difference between cheap spray equipment and expensive?
To do that I'd expect to pay someone about $2500-$3000 inc small dent/rust repair. Worst part about mine is rounded 1/4 panels. For $5k your car must have either loads of rust or dints. Straight panels like an XD would have taken me about 2 weeks less prep to do. Believe it or not a car that looks straight more than likely isn't straight. You find out when you rub back and see all the little high and low spots.
I've borrowed sort of almost permanently my dads compressor. It's either 10 or 12cfm, it does the job but isn't big enough. It has a 50 or 60lt tank. I am buying myself a 14cfm for my own home workshop to work with air tools.
The body preparation makes all the difference to the end result. Electric sanders are only good for harsh sanding not the semi final primer coats. Most of the work is rubbing the car down.
What blows about painting is:
a) rubbing panels (sanding)
b) masking up (I am just lazy, I clean up later with thinners
Have you tried buffing the paint or is the paint cracked and gone? I'd recommend Meguirs heavy cut'n'polish and swirl remover. I had a red faded RS2000 that came up as if I'd just painted it when I buffed it.