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    Can anyone recommend a painter in the DC Metro area?

    I just picked up a used Parabellum Air Balance fairing (pretty good size) and want to get it painted to match my bike. I live very close to Bob's BMW but the estimate cost I was given was ~$800 plus prep. I actually like the color of the fairing better than my bike's color and for $800 I'm sure I could source all the other parts and change to the color of the fairing; i've considered it. But I would really just like to spend a couple hundred dollars and get the front painted to match.

    i was hoping that someone here can recommend a painter in the DC Metro area so that I can get some additional quotes.

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    Several years ago a friend of mine had a K75 painted at a place either next door to or a few doors down from Bob's on Guilford Road. I don't know the name or even if they are still in business but I remember the work being excellent and the price reasonable.

    Other than that, there is a guy who constantly spams the DC Craig's List

    EDIT - This is the place, with the green arrow.


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    Initially I had a $200 quote from Bob's who, at the time exclusively used the place you suggested.

    I just called back and was told the Bob's uses both that place as well as a new painter when the local guy gets backed up. I asked what he thought the pricing difference would be between the two and he said "maybe a little bit but not much".

    If I could get their contact info I would probably call direct and send over some pictures.

    Otherwise i'm back to square one.
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    Got the info for you

    Bob's Bodies‎ (no relation to Bob Henig)
    10660 Guilford Road, Jessup, MD 20794-9116
    (410) 792-0040‎

    I just called to make sure they were still open - they are indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted View Post
    Got the info for you

    Bob's Bodies‎ (no relation to Bob Henig)
    10660 Guilford Road, Jessup, MD 20794-9116
    (410) 792-0040‎

    I just called to make sure they were still open - they are indeed.
    Great thanks! I just found it myself and was curious what the connection was. Glad to see there is none.

    Just called Bob's Bodies and spoke to Bob. He said that the $800 figure was definitely a bit steep but then again I had no pictures to show and they were just going by my, most likely weak, description.

    I have plans to bring the actual piece by the shop on Saturday to see what he thinks.

    Thanks for the help.
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    The price of paint and materials has gone thru the roof in the last couple of years. I had a new paint job put on my 99RT the winter before last. I bought the paint myself and spent $480.00 on 1qt primer/sealer, 1qt base white, 1qt pearl and 1 qt clear. I think the reducer was also included in that price. Paint is EXPENSIVE$$$
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    Quote Originally Posted by kgadley01 View Post
    The price of paint and materials has gone thru the roof in the last couple of years. I had a new paint job put on my 99RT the winter before last. I bought the paint myself and spent $480.00 on 1qt primer/sealer, 1qt base white, 1qt pearl and 1 qt clear. I think the reducer was also included in that price. Paint is EXPENSIVE$$$
    Geez. The cost of paint was a worry for me. Luckily this place does a ton of BMW work since they're literally next door to Bob's BMW. My color of ASTRALBLAU doesn't seem to be a common one. But I hope that since they deal with BMW's so much that they have it on hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddlamp View Post
    Geez. The cost of paint was a worry for me. Luckily this place does a ton of BMW work since they're literally next door to Bob's BMW. My color of ASTRALBLAU doesn't seem to be a common one. But I hope that since they deal with BMW's so much that they have it on hand.
    If they have it, it might be cheaper. I bought (PPG) 2009 GM Pearl White. keep in mind the Pearls are more expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kgadley01 View Post
    If they have it, it might be cheaper. I bought (PPG) 2009 GM Pearl White. keep in mind the Pearls are more expensive.
    The first thing the painter asked over the phone was if mind is a metallic paint. I want to say yes but I don't have anything to compare it to. Paint code is 691.
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