Custom bass paint job, rough cost?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Myrriad, Nov 15, 2012.


  1. Myrriad

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    It'll be on a Fender Jazz, getting a Red/Black sunburst. I know it'll vary between locations, but a rough figure would be nice.
  2. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    I just paid $420 to have a P5 body stripped and painted with nitro.
    Southbound Customs did the work.
  3. PlungerModerno

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    That's not bad for a pro job - considering they're removing what is probably a non-nitro, thick, and tough poly finish - and spraying a bunch of coats of nitro. All pretty tricky work that takes time.

    In short: It's pretty pricey if you get it done properly. I haven't had it done so I can't contribute on pricing :meh:.
  4. bwoodman

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  5. Rockin Mike

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    I have heard people say you can get a nice solid color finish from a motorcyle shop for $100 to $150.
    Anyone ever tried that?
  6. SBsoundguy

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  7. PBnJBassist

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    I've used them exclusively several times already. My advice: wait until a Holiday comes up. They always discount their refinishes during those times considerably. Quality from those guys have been top-notch and I have been nothing but 100% satisfied with them so far. On top of that, yes, their prices are more than affordable.
  8. SBsoundguy

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    Do they charge extra to strip a body before painting?
  9. Zoomie

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    I second Marty Bell. 300.00, but he did not have to strip. It is flawless.

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  10. JoZac21

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    Now that is an awesome looking bass! I've always wanted a purple bass...
  11. bassman74

    bassman74 Supporting Member

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    At this price, i would sell your body instead of refinishing it and buy a painted body from warmoth's showcase. You can chose the color and weight you want for approx. 295$, of course this works only if you need a fender type bass body
  12. Joe Nerve

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    One day I'm gonna get my fortress one refinished. I love everything about that bass lest it's honey violin color. To say I hate that color would be an understatement. Plugged in for future reference.
  13. ericdanger13

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    Take it to a body shop or hotrod shop. Depending on what color/colors you want. Id say around 3-400 and thats with material. What paint job do you want?
  14. kurosawa

    kurosawa Supporting Member

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    Rather than trust chance to give me a good body, I'd start with a proven perfect plank that I'm going to keep and not waste good paint on what might be a chunk of scrap wood headed for the door.

    Thanks everyone who discussed Guitar Paint Guys!
  15. nemo

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  16. Rockin Mike

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    They make duct tape in all colors now.
    Just sayin'
  17. PBnJBassist

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    Nope. Every step needed to refinish a guitar (including stripping off the old paint) is done for 1 price. The only thing is that they offer only poly finish, no nitro. Isn't a bad thing unless you're a nitro fan, but for poly lovers, they are a blessing.
  18. the wako kid

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  19. kurosawa

    kurosawa Supporting Member

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    I miss real Metalflake. That was some great paint. Someone used to build fiberglas unibodies for BSAs and other bikes, and they offered real Metalflake. My late Bro had a blue one. Miles deep, with that flash you only get from the big flakes.
  20. Mousekillaz

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