Lotus Elan

respray in the UK.

PostPost by: jeff jackson » Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:11 am

Hi All,
I am aware of varous threads on here about resprays, but I wanted an up to date thread. Sorry.
I have a quote from SMS for the respray of my Plus 2.
Has anyone had their car painted recently?
What was the Cost, and were you happy with that cost and the result?
If I do this, it will be about the same price I bought the car for all those years ago, a significant outlay for me.
Any replies gratefully received.
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PostPost by: woodie » Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:47 pm

Hi Jeff
My plus 2 was painted at Spydercars, and I was very pleased with the result, especially as the roof finished in gold metal flake. I would expect you would pay between £5,000- £10,000!! depending on the state of the fiberglass underneath!!
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PostPost by: elans3 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:45 pm

I have no affiliation with SMS, buy can only say that my S3 SE was painted by them for a previous owner in 2008, and even now, coming up 14 years later, still looks fantastic. If it ever needed doing again, for whatever reason, I wouldn't hesitate to go with them.
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:09 pm

The main painter at SMS now works at Spyder or perhaps works at the Spyder premises, I’m not totally clear on the arrangement, but I am clear on the quality of the work.

My S4 was painted by this exceedingly gifted man in 2010 and still looks stunning with none of the usual sinking or cracking that appears after a sub standard respray. Well worth the cost.
[url http://www.spydercars.co.uk/spydercars- ... -facility/][/url]
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PostPost by: Baggy2 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 8:46 pm

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Depends a bit on where you are in the UK. I've just had my +2 repainted by Pilgrim Motorsport in Small Dole , West Sussex.
No connection but can reccomend.

My previous post is here - viewtopic.php?f=50&t=50124
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PostPost by: mikealdren » Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:00 pm

Anyone prepared to discuss actual prices and the breakdown of fibreglass prep vs painting?
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:08 pm

Look at the link that I posted

£6 k strip down disassemble and prep and a further £6 k to paint and reassemble.

That’s the cost for driving your car to Spyder and dropping it off for a repaint before picking it up nice and shiny.

I understand that Option 1 and SMS etc are similar cost.
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PostPost by: NTG999 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 2:21 pm

I found the post 'The main painter at SMS now works at Spyder' slightly disingenous, it seems to suggest that the painter who still works at SMS is not as good?
I have first hand experience as I had my Elan DHC painted last year by SMS, I think the finished job was excellent, whether above or below other bodyshops I don't know.
As to the price, I would expect it would largely depend on what service you want, I delivered to them a completely stripped body, and asked for as close to perfection as possible
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sat Jan 15, 2022 4:06 pm

Spyder always used to use SMS for their rebuilds, my car was rebuilt by Spyder and painted by SMS back in 2010. It was excellent work and I’m pleased that they continue to offer a high quality finish.

The person at SMS who painted my car now works out of Spyders premises, therefore I can vouch for the quality of the work and I have used them recently for some work. I haven’t used SMS since 2010, but as stated I’m pleased they are still doing good work.
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PostPost by: jeff jackson » Sat Jan 15, 2022 5:57 pm

Hi Spyderfan,
Just to clarify:
What does it mean ready stripped?
Of paint?
Or of all the shiny bits, trim, glass, lights etc....?? Leaving the paint on?
Also I asked one of the people mentioned in this thread about Soda blasting. Spyder say they Sodablast back to Gel coat.
I have a Soda blaster and I was told by that other company that it was not recommended.
So what is the correct procedure??
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 6:09 pm

Jeff,

Have a look at this if you are considering soda blasting.

https://youtu.be/FZ-4cmtsnFQ

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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sat Jan 15, 2022 6:25 pm

Hi Jeff,
I’m not totally clear on the procedure, but ready stripped means all the paint down to the gel coat has been removed and the car is dismantled to the point that all bright work, screens and windows have been removed.

To do the job to a very high standard requires the body to be removed from the chassis, the doors and lids will also be removed.

Soda blasting to remove the paint is either a good idea or a bad one depending on who you speak to, I personally don’t have any experience of the method.

The biggest cost of a respray is the labour, I know that might sound obvious, but the more you can do yourself the lower the final bill will be. I have heard that the average hours required to properly strip and prep an Elan ready for repaiir prior to repaint is in the region of 100 hours…. Ouch! £60+ per hour, hence £6000 before you start repairing and prepping.

Hope this helps and doesn’t put you off? Best to speak directly to one or all of those mentioned to get their advice.
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