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Looking for feedback on what is a reasonable price for a custom paint job on the bike.
I checked into seeing what a custom paint job would be and found they quoted me $2400 and a three week down time.

I've seen their work and it's first rate.
Looking at red ghost flames and skull on the tank and fenders.

I'm curious to know if this is a reasonable price from others who went down the custom paint job path.

Let me know
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The cheapest I've seen two color graphic custom jobs is $1500. What you are looking at probably would be in the $2k range. Ghost flames are pretty basic what would determine the price would be the amount of detail in the skulls and how many.

This guy is pretty close to you, I hear his prices aren't to bad.
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All that airbrush artwork takes alot of time, doesn't sound out of line for what I have seen.
"Good paint jobs aren't cheap, and cheap paint jobs aren't good"
Custom Motorcycle Painting | Custom Painter can give you a close quote and is highley spoken of on the VTXOA.
I paid 1200 (local painter)for my VTX, cobalt blue w/ghost flames 2 fenders and 1 tank


same guy charged me 500 for Fury tank and rear fender real fire flames on stock base color
 

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Tony they seem highly quallified, but that will be your judgement, but with any artist or any thing custom, the most IMPORTANT thing is being able to COMMUNICATE to the artist exatly what you want. Words can have different meanings to different people. Any visual aids, pictures of similar jobs that you can find anywhere, pictures of graphics, flames, ect, that you want will help the artist understand your needs. Pictures are trully worth a thousand words in this case. Good Luck, I am sure she is gonna look PURDY!:)
 

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Looking for feedback on what is a reasonable price for a custom paint job on the bike.
I checked into seeing what a custom paint job would be and found they quoted me $2400 and a three week down time.

I've seen their work and it's first rate.
Looking at red ghost flames and skull on the tank and fenders.

I'm curious to know if this is a reasonable price from others who went down the custom paint job path.

Let me know
Thanks
Tony
The place where I'm getting mine done at is doing it for about 1600$ or so..
 

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I talked to Pamela Shenteau which is nationally known and one of the best and if they clear coat and keep my original base color but go wild with the work I am looking at 4500.00. I have had cheaper estimates but her work is 2nd to none. That is my last mod after I go 250 tire kit. would have been dumb to do it and then replace both fenders and have to pay again.

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I've been too busy to really take the time to be on the Forum and frankly, I miss it. I read every day but with painting, there is not much time to contribute right now. But I thought I would put my 2 cents worth in on this one.

When I paint a custom paint job I wet sand the entire piece, listen to the customer and try to give them more than they expect. Airbrushing scenes or pictures takes a LOT of time. Just the materials cost hundreds not to mention utilities, equipment, effort and all the little things that can go wrong when painting with automotive paints. :(

Some want the artwork to be bright and stand out like a cartoon. Some want the art to be 'blended' and faint. Some want it both ways and some will never be pleased.

Custom paint job costs depend on the amount of detail required. "Real Flames" are quick and relatively easy and some will charge more than I feel they are worth. Taped flames are a little more difficult with layouts and pinstriping if needed.

The most expensive are the ones that hand you a picture and want you to detail that on their bike!

The minimum I charge is $400 for basic work. This cost covers my material, labor and must be completed in a two day period. The most I've charged is $15,000 for a complete scene on a Boss Hoss that took almost 6 months to complete!

Here is an example of a fairing I just completed last night. This VET is a very dear friend and he handed me a picture and wanted that picture on his bike. He also wanted the American Flag and all to be blended into clouds.

Here is a pic of the product. Regular cost ... $1500. What I charged him....$0.00. What he gave me....FREEDOM! I needed to give something back to the Vets and this is my way to do that.

Now about the paint job. I was not happy with the result. It took 40 hours of painting, over 20 colors and over $200 in materials to complete. I replicated the picture just fine, added the flags, smoked the clouds and then screwed up the lettering.

He thought it looked perfect. I see all the imperfections. This is what makes artwork expensive. Trying to please yourself is much harder than pleasing your customer. :eek:

Everyone's idea of what they want on their bike is different and painters or artists don't read minds. My suggestion is to find an artist, tell them EXACTLY what you want and then give them some flexability to insert their own talent. Tell them what you want to spend and let them suggest a value for your dollar.

Ok, back to painting.
 

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