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kirker single stage 4 years 6 months ago #8980

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This is a very low end single stage paint...I havnt used it but thinking of trying it...Anyone out there use this?..Its a urethane
single stage... I paint cars for $195 and have to cut costs
where ever possible...thanks
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Re:kirker single stage 4 years 6 months ago #8982

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my dad used to use it, but always cleared over it and put primer beneath many many years ago.
i think the urethane one drys kinda slow but its the most durable paint they have. whichever one u choose always use a hardener.
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Re:kirker single stage 4 years 6 months ago #8986

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How do you make any money at 195? Or should I ask why would you want to?!
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Re:kirker single stage 4 years 6 months ago #8988

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kirker urethane....hmmm, crappy but durable and doesn't look that great at all but for $195 paintjobs its just the ticket and better than acrylic enamel. solvent pops kinda easy.
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Re:kirker single stage 4 years 6 months ago #8993

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charge 500 then just prep em and take em to maaco for the 195 special. you'll make more money that way ;)
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Re:kirker single stage 4 years 6 months ago #8994

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jim c wrote:
kirker urethane....hmmm, crappy but durable and doesn't look that great at all but for $195 paintjobs its just the ticket and better than acrylic enamel. solvent pops kinda easy.
sounds like ya know quite a bit about this subject jim :lol1 :lol1 :lol1
a little bondo is good more is better
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Re:kirker single stage 4 years 6 months ago #8999

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You couldnt get a pair of mirrors painted for 195 around here. :wak
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Re:kirker single stage 4 years 6 months ago #9003

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:rofl well, its been awhile but ive tried my share of kirker. the clear is the worst crap i've ever used. the ss black urethane i used to keep in the shop preflattened for little flat black parts like engine components, etc. works good for that and its cheap. i would never paint anything with it that needs to look really good. for $195 i dont even understand how he is doing it but who can expect anything really good for that price. i dont know of any other ss urethane that is $35 a gallon...or atleast it was when i used it.
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Re:kirker single stage 4 years 6 months ago #9008

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Mine is a small shop with very little overhead...A Advertise at
$195 for any car...I can do the ave car with a half gal..With
hardener and reducer that puts my material cost at $40-50..I
do all the painting and my wife does all the sanding and masking..Ill do the small dents and my son does the larger ones and the frame work...Most cars that come in always need extra work to
get them ready for paint...With an insurance job now and then and with my 2 stage jobs, I cant complain...I love what I do and I love the idea of a car coming in today and leaving tomorrow...my customers are not picky...Guys...the bottom line isnt what you get for your work, its how you have done at the end of the year...Ive had a shop here for 35 yrs and have never seen it this bad..Body shops are closing left and right...And I dont want to be one of those..So I do what I can to survive..
Dennis
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Re:kirker single stage 4 years 6 months ago #9009

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maybe u can paint for 195 but everything else is extra like masking, sanding, priming, etc. or you can just paint one type of car like a taxi for example and just specialize in that. seriously if you want to survive it isnt going to be by dropping prices. its like you suggested lowering overhead. or forget the whole 195 paint deal and just do top quality work for less. youll get more approvals and word of mouth business that way and become known for good work at better prices.
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