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79 Triumph Bonneville Paint Costs

I am having my 79 Triumph Bonneville rebuilt and repainted. Here are the costs:

Seal Gas Tank- $200
Paint Gas Tank - $450 Triumph Blue
Paint side covers - $250 Triumph Blue
Paint Emblems - $55
Other stuff:- Painted Black Price for these is $275:
SwirHousings (not sure what that is)
Gauge Buckets
Dash Brackets
Dash Cover
Air Box Parts

For a total of $1,205. Do these costs sound reasonable? I live in Austin, Texas. I know costs vary . Just want an opinion before I put my money down.
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You're getting hosed on the sealing job. The rest sounds reasonable if done correctly.
I think they meant "switch" housings.
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The price for sealing the gas tank sounds reasonable IF IT COMES WITH A COMPLETE GUARANTEE.

That means they first PREP it properly, TEST is fully, THEN seal it, THEN prep, prime & paint it externally.

Also, they should be aware of, and address, the filler neck joint (must be re-soldered or properly epoxied before any lining or paint prep).

Top it off with a no-leak guarantee for 1 year.

If all of the above is true, $200 is CHEAP for sealing it correctly. I sure as heck wouldn't do it for less.

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The price for sealing the gas tank sounds reasonable IF IT COMES WITH A COMPLETE GUARANTEE.

That means they first PREP it properly, TEST is fully, THEN seal it, THEN prep, prime & paint it externally.

Also, they should be aware of, and address, the filler neck joint (must be re-soldered or properly epoxied before any lining or paint prep).

Top it off with a no-leak guarantee for 1 year.

If all of the above is true, $200 is CHEAP for sealing it correctly. I sure as heck wouldn't do it for less.
It can be done DIY for $40. Elaborate on the filler neck issue?
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The filler neck is a crimped fit. Over time it opens up and allows fuel to wick under and out under your new paint causing it to lift. Triumph recommended soldering or sealing the inner ring of the neck to prevent this.

There is a good few hours labour in lining a tank plus the products. I'm with Paul the cost seems reasonable.

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79 Triumph Bonneville rebuilt and repainted
Seal Gas Tank- $200
Just as a matter of interest, apart from the previously-mentioned work on the filler neck, and Paul's mention of having it (pressure?) "TEST[ed]", what and why "Seal"?

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Why seal a gas tank?

Because if it's done properly, you'll never have even so much as a bit of rust residue pass thru your petcock.

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Is this supposed to be a "stock" 79?

They were blue and silver with a double pinstripe
The side panels were blue

Imho it's a bit much to list the side panels as an extra, he'd be better to charge $500 or 550 and do the covers in on the tank
If getting a spray gun wet, blowing over two panels is hardly an effort

What's "triumph blue"?
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I pay £30 to paint my tank and panels and a lot of work by me.It does take many hours to get the really good finish.I see companies at shows and they are superb.I would ask to see examples of customers bikes first.
A good company should be better than what i can do but then,i paint mine every time i feel like a different colour so it would be very expensive to pay those high prices every year.I never use a sealer after a failure which left me with red glue in the carbs.I now weld up any leaks.Once the bike is in use,it does not spring any more leaks.
I would love to be able to charge what you are quoted for painting.Tank charge is about fair but thats a lot for the side panels considering the paint is in the gun for the tank anyway.
Proof of the value is if you like the job and are happy with the finish.So many repainted tanks do leak around that filler cap,it does happen and often.

Now,where did that bit fall off ?
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Shooting the color is easy and not the expensive part. There may be as much prep work in the side panels as there is the tank, but certainly not $250 worth in the side panels. My local guy quoted me $400 for the 3 tins. Not sure the price will stay the same (surely not) when they see it is 2 colors and pinstripes. But even then I think it will be in the $500 range. I can vinyl pinstripe it for $5, or pay my painter pinstriper $60 (buddy price), I'm going with vinyl.
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