|sanding down the drips|
|straightened and stripped|
In the past, I've talked about the decision-making process I have where I make money versus time choices based on an assumption that my time is worth $50 an hour. No, that's not what I'm paid; it just makes for simple math and easier decision making. With that back ground, I looked at options for getting the bus painted. Figure in all cases I will need to do the prep work including sanding, wiping down, trim removal/re-install, masking, color sanding and polishing.
|replacement bits from|
I thought I could maybe find someone on Craigslist with the sprayer skills and booth access and only pay him/her for their time to shoot it. This seemed like a reasonable next choice after Maaco since s/he would put the paint on as heavy as we wanted, and multiple coats would be a linear increase in costs. Like Maaco, however, the costs are in the $900 range just to shoot it. Yikes.
Do it Myself
|sanded versus as-found|
Is there residual value in the tools? Maybe. For this math, let's assume $200 worth of the tools extends beyond the one job. I figure at least the compressor will be useful. Last, there is value in learning a new skill. I could fix the scratch in the paint on Boo's car, maybe even re-paint the really tired silver on Flash the Jetta. Hmm.. regardless, I don't have that kind of money lying around, so it'll have to wait. For the front bumper, I'll do the original plan: brush on the Rustoleum and color-sand it down.
That's it for today. Looking out the window, we're getting hammered with snow, a couple of inches already and more to come. The weather-folks expect up to 7 inches. What fun, if you have the supplies to wait it out! I hope your surroundings are equally cozy and pleasant on the eye.