I'll try and break down the costings.......
Car drives in complete, nothing removed...
Strip car of external trims, interior, screen surround, surrey etc 40hrs
Remove outer panels, bare metal inside/out. strip decks, valances, sills etc 40hrs
Repair corrosion, re-fit panels, gap panels, remove panels, prep inside panels, paint inside panels, repair decks/valances/sills. 100hrs
fit panels, re-gap including surrey top, prepare & prime after removing bonnet/boot/surrey etc 160hrs
Flat primer, repair defects, re-prime/flat, mask up again, put in booth, clean, wet on wet primer, 3 coats base, 3 coats of clear 120hrs
Remove from booth, fully wet flat (1500-2000-3000 grit), machine polish, de-mask etc 40hrs
Rebuild car including cleaning/painting original parts prior to fitting, final machine polish, cavity wax, build up etc 120hrs
Total 660 hours......................... Triumph specialist labour rate say £60ph + VAT = £39600.00
Average cost to customer for all the above???? £12000.00-£18000.00 + VAT + parts
Body work is not a money earner, trust me i know!!!
People who think prices being banded about are ridiculous then please see above. Or call me/pop in to see what actually goes into this!
Costs to set up/run a decent bodyshop....
booth/mixing room/workshop space (2000 sq ft) £50000.00
Stock/welders (mig/tig/spot)/consumables/jig/panel beating tools/compressor/compliant spray guns/gun cleaners etc etc £20000.00
Wages per annum per employee £25000.00
Materials used per bare metal respray £1800.00
Insurance/rent/mortgage/overheads etc per annum £40000.00
To summarise, its a very labour intensive job, not forgetting honouring a warranty etc.........
Sorry for the long post.....................