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Old December 4th, 2012, 09:38 AM
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I bought my 2004 NAS ST this past summer. 26K original miles, 1-owner Colorado truck with minimal rust...exactly what I have always wanted. It was originally Arles Blue, but for some reason the previous owner sprayed it white at some point --- but exterior only. Any exposed metal in the interior and engine bay is still Arles. In the spring I'm having a new soft top installed along with some other things, and I'm thinking about spending the extra money at that point on returning it back to its original color.

Has anyone done a recent exterior-only respray? About what should this cost? The engine won't have to come out and there isn't any body damage, so I'm hoping the cost won't be too steep. I like the white and I don't have any plans to sell it, but I feel like the expense here would be a good investment for fresh paint and getting the truck back to its original and (consistent throughout) color. Any leads in Dallas or Austin for a good paint shop that won't break the bank would be helpful. Thanks!
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Definitely go back to blue. Your truck will look great since its so clean now. I have a shop but not real cheap.
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Definitely go back to blue. Your truck will look great since its so clean now. I have a shop but not real cheap.
Any guess on price for the exterior?
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Old December 4th, 2012, 09:56 AM
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At one point 5-6 years ago, the Arles Blue was the least desirable color and commanded the least $... Like everything, things change and now the Arles is near the top.

I would bring the paint back to the Arles... But, to do it right, especially with a low mile truck, it should be taken apart and done right.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 10:29 AM
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At one point 5-6 years ago, the Arles Blue was the least desirable color and commanded the least $... Like everything, things change and now the Arles is near the top.

I would bring the paint back to the Arles... But, to do it right, especially with a low mile truck, it should be taken apart and done right.
Doing it right by D-A'ing off all the white. Who knows the quality of the prep work behind that overspray. Don't trust it.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 11:30 AM
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Doing it right by D-A'ing off all the white. Who knows the quality of the prep work behind that overspray. Don't trust it.
Yep. These trucks are far too easy to pull apart to try to shortcut the painting process. The cost difference will be minimal and the results will be much better.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 11:46 AM
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Definetley take everything apart and have it done right, i saw an NAS 110 in a horrid green with the fenders off and i saw the white bulkhead, and shook my head. I was told the truck was in for restoration but i have no idea if that was before or after they did it!
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If you do all the prep work yourself it is very reasonable to have something sprayed. If you are having them to the prep work, a nice job will be at least 3k.
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