It's been asked loads of times I know... I I was to prep the bus myself I.e. remove all bodywork / trim da the bodywork all over. How much do you think it would reduce the cost of the paint job by?
By chance did you paint T4LIFE,s vanit would prob knock a couple of hundred off if you preped it yourself but then would probably cost you what youve saved for all your preping materials, primers, sanding, etch, masking, ect.
£2K is not a bad price although i can prob be cheaper than that and include colour coding.
i couldn't have put it better myself!Unless what your saying is you'd prep the van ready inc primer if needed and flat it all back so all the bodyshop has to do is mask it up and shoot the paint. That will save you a substantial sum however as has been said it would be down to you what the finish was like.
The paint is only as good as the prep work underneath it, and ive been asked to paint stuff in the past that has supposedly been prep'd but which I wouldn't paint due to it being so bad.
Its the one part of the process that needs to be done properly and running over it with a DA is not going to give you a surface ready for paint.