Originally Posted by Tripwire
thats a typical price for using plain old paint - throw in a metallic and the price per gallon doubles for some colors. i painted my own at home and had to buy everything but the compressor and it still cost me like 3.5 K.....not to mention the time which was several weeks
Yeah paint has gone stupid expensive the the past 5-6 years. High build primer is now $100/gallon. Look at red paint, it's double what any other color costs.
The grunt labor the OP is talking about is the easy part, there's a ton of surface area that needs to be sanded, sanded again, sanded again, wet sanded and then buffed and polished. I don't paint, but have helped paint three of my restored vehicles, if there's body work done you could spend a day just doing a door correctly.