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How much to repaint a sidecar?

I had 3 different hacks painted. The price was $400 each. After each was done,the painter said he would never do another,but he always does when I bring him another. J.R.

hoovstar - 12/9/2010 7:37 AM

i'd say that sounds pretty cheap, the paint and materials alone cost me close to $300 for my rig

That's correct. I used to paint Harley-Davidson motorcycles from time to time. Even as long ago as ten years, just the materials were running $300. They are so expensive now that I seldom do any painting anymore. (I have my own powdercoating oven now but it will only do metal.)

A few years ago, I had a replacement rear view mirror painted at a body shop to match the rest of my Gold Wing and since I didn't think it would cost very much, I foolishly failed to ask the price before I had it done. The price? $100. I found out that was the minimum. Needless to say, I never went back there.

Modernly, with the advent of new-style low-volatility paints and the typical need for clear coat, you've got consumables such as filters, sandpaper, rubbing compounds, two part primer, two part base, two part clear coat and then there's labor. $500 would be on the low end. If there is a two tone involved or any striping, you would be looking at much more.

that is a perfect match to my first rig,..I was with a company in Hamilton Ontario escorting funeral services through town,..when the snow hit,..we hack'd em,..thanks for the memory Lonnie,..hehe crawf

Brought the hack to the painter. He stuck to his guns and its getting painted for $500. He's painting the top and fender with factory Honda paint and also painting the bottom black that's chip resistant. I can live with that especially once I found out how much paint costs. I should have it back by mid-Jan. I'll keep you all posted

I just paid $1,000K in TN for minor body work (long story...but a friend "helped" me move my rig and was supposed to use his car hauler and brought a 6' wide trailer instead) from a major rub mark in the rear and a complete re-paint on a Champion Legend and re-pin stripe (which was $200 bucks alone). Materials were about $400 bucks....so depending on how much body work I'd say.....you'll get what you pay for. $6-800 would be fair IMHO....less than that you are possibly in for more expensive fix down the road.

Last two paint jobs:
URAL with stripe was a bit over $1,200.00
Liberty cost $1,600.00

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Well, all I can tell you is this. He was recommended by a friend who sends him ALOT of work. My friend came with me when we brought it over. Maybe he's doing us a favor?
Let's see what happens. It'll be ready in a couple of weeks. I'll post some pics when its done.

Final product is always a true matter of the prep. It is the difference between a paint job that looks good from several feet away and one that looks great up close and from any distance. The prep is not cheap to do, as it is labor intensive. If you do it all yourself, you can save a buck or two with a single-stage paint job and skip the clear coats and such. On a Ural, you are likely to be hitting the off-roads on most models, so your new paint is going to have character marks on it pretty soon. The powder coat and Durabac methods have advantages and disadvantages. Unfortunately, the cost of paints, hardners, reducers, breathng equipment and different paint supplies are all on the rise, as well as having the actual facilities to do a really good job. $500 bucks may sound high to someone who wants to skimp on money or save a buck, but it is a real bargain for a good quality paint job. You do your own prep and labor and it will quickly make a believer out of you. Painting is almost always cheaper and easier to farm out these days. It may be neat to do it yourself, and provide one with some self-satisfaction in doing so, but that all comes with a price. Now days, that price is more than most want to pay. If you can get a really good paint job for $500 bucks, my opinion is that you made yourself a great bargain and go for it. Good luck on it.

I used to own my own equipment and do my own vintage cars in my back yard shop. No way I'd be able to keep doing that today. No way I'd offer to paint a hack, gas tank, bike fenders and sidecar fenders for that price. Get into painting a frame and such, and it is even worse on cost. Add in pin stripes and two tone colors, and price would certainly go up.

Pat Huey - 4/9/2011 2:20 AM

Final product is always a true matter of the prep. It is the difference between a paint job that looks good from several feet away and one that looks great up close and from any distance. The prep is not cheap to do, as it is labor intensive. If you do it all yourself, you can save a buck or two with a single-stage paint job and skip the clear coats and such. On a Ural, you are likely to be hitting the off-roads on most models, so your new paint is going to have character marks on it pretty soon. The powder coat and Durabac methods have advantages and disadvantages. Unfortunately, the cost of paints, hardners, reducers, breathng equipment and different paint supplies are all on the rise, as well as having the actual facilities to do a really good job. $500 bucks may sound high to someone who wants to skimp on money or save a buck, but it is a real bargain for a good quality paint job. You do your own prep and labor and it will quickly make a believer out of you. Painting is almost always cheaper and easier to farm out these days. It may be neat to do it yourself, and provide one with some self-satisfaction in doing so, but that all comes with a price. Now days, that price is more than most want to pay. If you can get a really good paint job for $500 bucks, my opinion is that you made yourself a great bargain and go for it. Good luck on it.

I used to own my own equipment and do my own vintage cars in my back yard shop. No way I'd be able to keep doing that today. No way I'd offer to paint a hack, gas tank, bike fenders and sidecar fenders for that price. Get into painting a frame and such, and it is even worse on cost. Add in pin stripes and two tone colors, and price would certainly go up.

This is an old thread but I agree with everything you say. I once changed the color on a 1987 HD TLE from burgundy to metallic blue and it was quite a job. I did OK finally but the cost, even then some 15 years ago, was incredible. I can't even imagine what it would cost now with two and three-part primers, paints and clear coats.

I got a quote on a paint job from a body shop once for the tub disassembled in two parts, upper and lower and one fender. They wanted $1,700. LOL.

I have two excellent spray guns that I haven't used in years. Costs too much.

I kinda agree, your painter is giving you a pretty fair deal for $500..... considering the sandpaper, primer, sealer, paint and polishing materials....even a small project runs several hundred in parts.....not much for labor...but I agree....it's fun for them to paint anything but cars....I bet a painter gets sick of painting cars all the time.....bikes are more fun..

Joel Rapose