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So I have two quotes for a respray... One at £6300 and a lotusbits respray at £3600... Has anyone had a lotusbits respray? What I saw when I was there on a car that was done looked very good but I'm staggered by the difference in price.

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Lotusbits have just painted my engine bay and I have to say it looks superb.

Being that the digits are the right way round in favour of Mike, It would almost appear a no brainer.

 

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That was my thought but the two quotes were so different...

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It's a fibreglass car - and folks not used to spraying them will cost it heavy for that sake.

also - it has a posh badge on the front - so he may well have priced it heavy to make it worth his while if he really didn't fancy doing it cos it's fibreglass

never heard a bad word against lotusbits........ 

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stating the obvious but LB price is almost 2 for the price of one, if you aren't happy with the result!

My guess  would be that the more £££ place is either trying their luck or they don't want the job.

 

GL Ant

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  Same here have never heard a bad word about lotusbits painting skills, plenty of people on here have had cars painted by them with great results.

   You also get a cup of tea when you go into see them, now that is customer care. :P    i would give the work to mike any day of the week :)

   

 

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I am sure when I asked it was only the lower price when you took it apart and put it back together yourself.  It almost doubled it if they did the take apart and reassembley.   Surface and design who the tvr guys give top marks to charge 4100-4500 plus paint and vat so 6ksih.  Looking around the net £6k ish is the right money for a good hand over the keys no dirty hands job.  

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Stocks might be worth asking  if you are near as they seem to do a few lotus cars

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In my experience, don't get Esprit Engineering to paint your car. They did my old NA and I wasn't impressed.

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@mikeeech Is your respray same colour as before or are you changing colour? My Esprit is let down by poor paintwork and need to get it done at some point. I want to keep the same colour so think this is much cheaper?

 

Buddsy

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Had mine done at LotusBits a few years ago.

Same colour. I did all the stripping down etc. Think it was £2000. Good job.

Due to practicalities, I did all the colour sanding and polishing myself but that was actually included in the price. ie no orange peel. I saw an Elite they were colour sanding and it looked amazing.

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1 hour ago, Bibs said:

In my experience, don't get Esprit Engineering to paint your car. They did my old NA and I wasn't impressed.

The runs and reactions are still there,   will follow this thread as its really the last job to do on it.

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Lotusbits had my Elite painted and did a great job. However if they find any hidden damage, then obviously the price will go up so build some contingency into your budget. And as Malcolm said, check what dismantling/reassembly is included. Applying the gelcoat then rubbing it down is a big, labour intensive part of painting fibreglass cars. Also, you need to factor in the cost and hassle of restoring the brightwork which is an important part of the car's appearance (I think you're doing this?)

ATB Richard

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I'm stripping the car myself since this does eliminate a lot of the labour and it allows me to do all of the bits to the right standard. In all regards it was a like for like quote. So I will give lotusbits a ring and get it booked in for April. I'm keeping it the same colour but there is some crazing of the paint on the near side and some stress cracks around the boot hinges and some other odd bits and pieces so I will assume a contingency for these...

Thanks for the comments.

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Try Option One, they are near Bromsgrove, speak to Frank. They do all Paul Matty's work and repaired my Ronart after a collision, the work is to the highest standard. 

Because it needed repair, Lotus Bits would not quote.

 

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The paint on the Elite that Option One had at the Lotus Festival was out of this world, amazing work! 

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I wondered if some of the new Wrap material would work well on a Lotus?

I purchase and tried a small amount of black gloss wrap on my front bumper that had a small dent/crack. Although I removed it afterwards (because I couldn't quite get all the creases out due to the difficult shape) I would imagine that a professional car wrap firm would know the tricks and have the tools to make it right.

Has anyone tried or considered professional wrapping, or is that a dirty word to use on the forum?

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I remember a few years ago someone on here did a silver wrap on a Stevens Esprit. I'm sure you'd find some of the pictures and the owner with a forum search. 

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8 hours ago, DaKa said:

I wondered if some of the new Wrap material would work well on a Lotus?

I purchase and tried a small amount of black gloss wrap on my front bumper that had a small dent/crack. Although I removed it afterwards (because I couldn't quite get all the creases out due to the difficult shape) I would imagine that a professional car wrap firm would know the tricks and have the tools to make it right.

Has anyone tried or considered professional wrapping, or is that a dirty word to use on the forum?

Hi Damien,

No wraps not a dirty word on the forum :)  plenty of folk on here getting the new lotus cars wrapped etc, however my personal view is on older cars it just is not worth it as a pro wrap is expensive and will not last forever, where as a full respray will, It just seems to me like a tempory thing and i would not consider it for the long term. The paint on my silver car has luckily clung to the fiberglass for 31 years, although not fantastic it still looks decent. I cant see a wrap lasting that long not only due to damage but the UV damage also. 

 

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Vinyl wraps have a 5 year life span but can be sub £1k. For a cheap colour change or spruce up I was considering it, but went the whole hog with a respray since the engine was out and I would get a "good as new finish". Vinyl wrapping gives far more choice of finish though, like the chrome effect above, although this can be very conspicuous and good increase insurance premiums hugely.

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Who did you decide to go with in the end for the respray? 

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Malcolm,

Check out Mike's project thread - it's all there. basically, the shell is at Lotusbits but it gets complicated from there.

Cheers (sorry Mike, hope you don't mind me butting in!)

Ant

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As a last point on this, Mike's experience really shows the value of using somewhere like Lotusbits who have the knowledge (and spares/replacement stock).

Had Mike gone somewhere else who just specialised in painting, would they have had the experience and wherewithal to sort as easily (that's a relative term Mike, sorry!)

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