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Old May 13th, 2009, 12:05 PM
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Cost to respray a D90?

I'm looking to do a total color conversion (yellow to gray), inside and out. Total respray. I'm not interested in doing it myself, I'll find a paint shop. Can anyone share how much this ought to cost in today's economy for a D90? No rust/damage issues to contend with, just a full good quality paint job.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 12:12 PM
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If you are stripping the bulkhead down, I would have to say at least 5k.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 12:15 PM
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No clue on cost, but I think it would be very $$$.

To do it right, (no trace of previous color), lots of components need to be disassambled, painted, then reassembled. You could save some $$$ and disassembled as much as possible, then take it to the paint shop.

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Old May 13th, 2009, 12:16 PM
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How long is a piece of string.....

Painting cost is very dependent on the quality of the job you want performed.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 12:37 PM
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Let's assume I don't want to take the truck apart... I don't know how much paint shops typically take off (lights/trim/emblems/???) but whatever is standard is all I'd want to do. I don't even care if the engine bay is a different color. I found a clean D90 in with 42,000mi for $14K but its yellow and I personally hate the color yellow. So doing my research so see how much it would cost to change the color. Its going to be a trail rig, so I don't need restoration quality. Does that help identify 'the length of string'?
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Old May 13th, 2009, 12:42 PM
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take that 14k truck, buy sell for profit and buy a diff color
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Old May 13th, 2009, 12:47 PM
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if it is going to be a trail rig then paint it your self... or get one that is more "trail ready" for a similar price. I don't like the yellow either, I feel your pain. Though yellow series trucks are kinda cool when they aren't trying to look like defenders.

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Let's assume I don't want to take the truck apart... I don't know how much paint shops typically take off (lights/trim/emblems/???) but whatever is standard is all I'd want to do. I don't even care if the engine bay is a different color. I found a clean D90 in with 42,000mi for $14K but its yellow and I personally hate the color yellow. So doing my research so see how much it would cost to change the color. Its going to be a trail rig, so I don't need restoration quality. Does that help identify 'the length of string'?
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A 14k 42k miles D90! That is a steal. A respray will kill resale. I don't like yellow either, but it is the most valuable color in my experience.

You can't just respray a D90 like most cars because there is so much paint in the interior of the truck that shows through. Even if you left the bulkhead and did everything else, it is a ton of labor to get it all apart to the point you could spray it.

If you really hate yellow, I would do a vinyl wrap which would cost about $1000-2000 and that would make the exterior whatever color you wanted and would not ruin the yellow underneeth.
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Agreed, getting a graphic designer to do something neat with a vinyl wrap would be far superior to a re-paint in this situation.

A color-change without completely stripping the bulkhead will, by its very nature, be half-assed. Even if you didn't care about the color of the engine bay (of which only the front of the bulkhead is painted anyway), the entire interior has to be taken out to change the color, otherwise you'll have silver on the outside and yellow inside, and that will be really awful.

While I have trouble believing you'll be happy with the result, I expect that any future buyer will definitely be unhappy with the result and will penalize you dramatically in terms of price.
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Or you could just paint it the same color.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 02:04 PM
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seriously why not sell it for a profit and get the color you want? for 14k i would leave the color and use the cash you were going to use to make it an off road rig. this way you can always remove the stuff you add and not have killed the value by painting it.
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Tell me where this truck is, I'll buy it and you won't have to worry about what color it is.
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A family friend is selling - and he'll put it on AutoTrader if I don't buy it.
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I say keep it yellow. what year is it?
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learn to love yellow.

Or if it's in great condition, low miles and it is going to be a trail truck... buy it and trade it with someone who has a older, more beat up rig, with modifications perhaps in a different color.. I'm all for having a trail rig, but gotta preserve the ones that we still can!
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Don't do it! I love yellow, but even if I didn't, that sounds like a steal on a valuable vehicle and, like others have said, it will absolutely KILL the resale value (especially if you do a "half-assed job" of it). Either let someone else get it, or buy it and resell it as others have said.
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Put black strips on it to look like a giraffe or leopard ...
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Old May 13th, 2009, 07:18 PM
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why not paint a croc on the side?
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 05:26 PM
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The other thing about painting D-90s is they use enamel paint on aluminum. So if you want any future mishaps to match, it's really hard with traditional base coat/clearcoat painters. In the Seattle area, Moslanders (http://www.moslanders.com) is one of the few official Enamel painters. They quoted me $700 for just the rear panels if I do all the prep work.
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