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I have a 1987 Suzuki savage ls650 and would like to get it repainted. I don't think it matters what it looks like but the tank has a big area where the gas ate to the metal and its rusted bad. I first thought about only painting the tank and finding the original color but the front fender is also sun bleached and the side panels are scratched. I want to know how much it will cost to get it repainted Tank, fenders and side panels. I just want a simple one color nothing fancy. So how much for a single color if I just take the pieces in and how much if I strip the paint and sand first and take to them.

Thanks much for answering.
 

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If you do all that why not just go to the auto paint store and pick up a couple of good quality spray cans of the color you want and paint it yourself.
 

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So how much for a single color if I just take the pieces in and how much if I strip the paint and sand first and take to them.
If you think about that for just a minute or two, you should realize that it's impossible for anybody here to give you a good answer for that question.
First, you didn't tell us WHERE you live and that makes a big difference.
Even then there would have to be someone here from your town who has done that recently.
The odds are about ZERO.

If it is running, you have an excuse to ride around a bit.
Visit some body shops and get estimates.
Don't overlook places like Maco and Earl Shibe (discount auto body shops).
 

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I am thinking of that as well but I am unsure. I am confident I can do all the prep work no problem but I am unsure about the quality of painting myself. If the price after prep work is a little high I will do it myself.

Oh yah that is a good point. I am in Burien Washington. ( I am also in England for a week and going to get it painted when I get back home) I am also only looking for a ballpark estimate based on your own experience. If anyone has done this similar thing it would be nice to here a rough idea :D
 

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I paint bikes for people all the time. The answer to "how much does it cost" is simple:

It depends.


- how bad is the current paint? Does it need to be stripped off, or can it be covered over?
- how bad is the surface rust?
- how bad are the scratches?
- does it have tank emblems that come right off, or those little Suzuki stickers that are clearcoated over?

Preparation labor can be as high as 90% of the cost of a paint job. Someone will have to look at it to know how much prep there is going to be.

Then there are materials:

- what type of paint do you want? Some paint is $20 a quart, some is $200 a quart. Some will need a top coat, some will not. Some need a chemical catalyst, some do not. Some need a mid stage as well as a top coat. This adds cost for materials as well as labor.
- depending on the depth of the scratches, the amount of rust, and the type of paint, it may need one of several types of primer, or primer-surfacer, or primer filler, or etching primer, and you may or may not need a primer sealer, or a sealer, or an adhesion promoter. Some of these are $20 a quart, others are $100 a quart. Some require a little labor for spraying, some require a lot of labor between coats to level the metal below it.

I have painted cruisers for $300, and I have painted cruisers for $3000. So you need to go around to different paint shops, have them look at the bike, discuss what you are wanting with them, and see what they will charge you. All will cut you a price break for taking the bike apart and just bringing them the sheetmetal, but some will refuse to paint the bike if you do any of the prep or bodywork yourself. Count me as one of those shops. I would have no idea if you did it right, what prep materials you used, if you properly cleaned & degreased each part, if you touched the part with your hands and then sanded body oil from your fingers down into the paint/ primer, or any of a dozen other variables that can cause the new paint to not stick correctly and last as long as it should, and I am not going to risk my reputation on a paint job that may not come out right or last as long as it should because of something I have no control over.
Some shops will spray for you even if you do all the prep, but not give you any kind of warranty. Some places won't car if you do the prep yourself of not. Some will encourage you to do the prep, because they do not want to do anything but spray it and get on to the next job as quickly as possible.

Oh, Earl Shibe is out of business, and Maaco hates motorcycles, as they take too long to 'assembly line spray' compared to a car. As they are all independently owned and operated, each one is different, and if they are slow they might want to do it. But most will quote you a high price or just refuse to do it.
 

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I can't remember the name, but there's a guy out there that's been doing full vinyl wraps for bikes. Might be cheaper, or give you more options....

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