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Old 16 May 2004, 02:50 pm
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Default Help! Painting a body kit

I won't even be getting a Cruiser 'till the end of the year, but I have a chance to get a body kit I'm interested in right now really cheap. It's the PtCruisn ABS Woody Kit (pictures here - ). It doesn't matter what finish I get because I will want to paint it black.
Now, I've never done this before and have no idea what is involved.
It's ABS with a UV coating. To paint it would I have to sand off the UV coat entirely or just sand it enough to prime it? Can a kit like this even be prepped to paint it effectively? Would I need to do all the prep myself or would the paint shop do it ( keeping in mind I live in a 3rd floor apt. without access to a garage or even a yard )?
And last, any idea on what something like this is gonna cost?
It doesn't do me any good if I get the kit cheap but can't afford to get it painted to match.
Any info at all would help as I dive head first and naked into my first modding adventure.
(p.s. - I have less than 7 hours to decide If It's worth it )
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Old 16 May 2004, 03:03 pm
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I have a friend in my PT club that has that exact woody kit. It's a great looking kit, and you are going to paint it black? I would imagine that if you can't do any of the work in preparation yourself, it would cost you a couple hundred to refinish it, but that's just a guess. Maybe someone else can give you a closer estimate. Here's the kit with a couple extra mods.

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Old 16 May 2004, 07:07 pm
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I think I'm missing something. The wood kit ,this is what
you want to paint black? Not sure what it would cost,but I;m
sure it would be cheaper to paint it off the car than after
it is on .Still don't understand why [:I]
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(Steel Blue)
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Old 16 May 2004, 08:03 pm
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I had a feeling this would confuse everyone. It's not the woody look that Im going for, it's strictly the physical look the panals add to the car. Ultimately I want it to look like a slightly muscled hearse, hence, all the black. I thought about trying to get the kit in the aluminum finish and just use it as is, but I decided that would still be a little too light and cheery for the look I'm going for. Understand, I'm not looking to make the "DEATHMOBILE". I still want it to have some class and style. It just needs to be clean and black. Classic. With some chrome.
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