Here are some notes I copied from various board replies regarding paint. Some are from several years ago, my aplogies to anyone who actually posted these comments.
twragg, stay in touch, I'm in San Diego also and will be needing paint sometime as well. I want to keep abreast of who is good and not. How much did Fleet Painting want for their paint job?
Comments as follows:
I had my bus painted in Alameda, CA (SF Bay Area) by Coach Specialties, who (as their name indicates) specialize in painting coaches. Their prices start at $3500 for a quality three color paint job-- you don't have to go to Mexico for a reasonable paint job!
I had my Eagle completely repainted several years ago, including stripping the roof and much of the sides, at Smith & Hartford Custom Coach in Compton. Russ Collins at 310-625-9432. Area code probably has been changed by now. All he does is paint busses. Mostly commercial work. All Imron, three colors and he did an excellent job, and it still looks as good as the day he painted it. $2,500 according to my notes. Probably double that by now. LOL
Go to http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/gmc-busnuts/lst
,click on the 4104 wi..., Bill's 4106, and then on page 2 click on George's... . These were all done in Algodones, Mexico (WSW of Yuma AZ). I've seen the last two but not the 4104; very nice job & mighty hard to beat for 5000.
The guy in Algodones, Mexico is named Manuel Amador. He has a new paint shop just outside of town to the South. I have several friends who have gotten their coaches painted there (one just 3 wks. ago) and the guy does very good work at a good price, but....don't try to rush him. If he says 1 wk., plan on 10-11 days; 2 wks. is 3. Manuel Amador
Ave. "B" 8th St., Algodones BC
Cell # 001 928 503 0400
His shop is located on the hiway South out of town heading toward San Luis. Be advised, his pricing is up, as is everything else in Mexico. He just quoted me a job involving less than 2 qts. of color base and less than a gallon of clear (mostly striping) in a design----$2800. I can get it done at a shop in CA or Or. for under $3500 and have a guy that will do it when the weather breaks for around 1500.
I have seen some really nice work out of his shop at very attractive prices. Last job I saw out of his shop on a Flx Hi-Liner, I would not have paid him for it. Problem is, he usually wants about 1/2 up front. I use to tout him--no more.
Most of us Western Busnuts of FMCA get our busses painted at Manuel Amadorís in Los Algodones My 04 has 4 colors of Imron $2800.00. They strip it to the bare metal, prime, seal then paint. You can stay in the bus while they do it. He has hook ups. That price includes some body work. Call him at 011-658-517-7914 Tell him wino bob said to call Algodones is about 15 miles east of Yuma.
Manuel is a great guy! Los Algodones is 15 miles WEST of Yuma (third exit westbound) from the 4th ave./I-8 exit. Exit to the right then left at the stop sign, and the border is about two miles. They DO mean 35mph too, and the Tribal Police (it's on the Quechan Reservation) will bust you quickly, 'cause they get the money, not California. The man to see is Manuel Amador (AMADOR'S paint, body shop and motor homes). He will completely strip and sand entire bus before painting so decals should not be a problem.
Los Algodones is located South of Andrade, Ca., 1st. exit West of the Arizona line on I 8.
Phone from the States: 011-526-517-79-14.
Friend had Bus done about 4 or 5 years ago and has been pleased.
Hope this helps.