How Much Will I Be Charged To Paint & Install My Body Kit?
By Isaac DeCoursey @ EverythingCelica.com
Prices range from $400 to $600 for paint and simple install of a standard four piece body kit.
As for paint, some shops charge different for different sizes. The standard rates most shops charge are usually about $35 to $45 per square foot of painting surface. And a flat rate of about $65 to $85 if what you want painted is small and doesn't require much prep-work such as dash, console, engine plastics...etc (Polyurethane pieces may be slightly more expensive to paint, since they require special paint additives for the flexibility factors).
For installation, there are some shops that will charge outrageous prices because they really just don't want to do the job - I've seen as much as $2200 for a simple "bolt-on" install of a standard 4 piece body kit. This is why we recommend that you get a quote from 3 different locations.
Several body shops are not familiar with aftermarket parts because they usually work on cars that have been in collisions rather then show/modified import cars. The difference between aftermarket body kit pieces and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer parts) is that genuine OEM parts come directly from the vehicle manufacturer already painted and fitment is perfect.
The body shops that work on mostly collision repair jobs have little to no experience with aftermarket (aka speed parts), thus they might feel that just installing parts has nothing to do with installing an making everything fit correctly. Those shops might just say, "well, its installed and that's what you wanted, right?"