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Old 11-08-2005, 03:55 PM   #1
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Question Polishing prices$$$$$ Whats fair?

Hey all! I'm doing Airstream restorations for a living now and I was wondering what a fair price would be for polishing out other peoples Airstreams? Just what do you all think is fair? Please keep in mind all the prep work, materials, time, labor, sweat, knowledge, experiance, etc.
I also include new nameplates, light fixtures, light covers, window seals, and sometimes other stuff that can be damaged during the polishing process. I want to put out a final product to be proud of. If I keep on the old stuff it won't look as nice. I would really like to know what everyone thinks about this.
Any comments or suggestions anyone might have would be great! Thanx so much!
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Old 11-08-2005, 04:06 PM   #2
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I have several Airstream trailers and a motorhome you could polish, you could then figure out how long it took you on average per foot and any costs involved and use that figure as a basis for charging others.
I am located in Bat Cave NC and would be happy to put you up in my guest house while you polish them. Pictures located at http://photos.yahoo.com/richtrich
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Old 11-08-2005, 04:26 PM   #3
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Hey all! I'm doing Airstream restorations for a living now and I was wondering what a fair price would be for polishing out other peoples Airstreams? Just what do you all think is fair? Please keep in mind all the prep work, materials, time, labor, sweat, knowledge, experiance, etc.
I also include new nameplates, light fixtures, light covers, window seals, and sometimes other stuff that can be damaged during the polishing process. I want to put out a final product to be proud of. If I keep on the old stuff it won't look as nice. I would really like to know what everyone thinks about this.
Any comments or suggestions anyone might have would be great! Thanx so much!
How many have you polished? Do you have an estimate of how long to strip the clear. So many variables... I have heard quotes by the foot... You charging for travel or the units coming to you? You have a website? Lotsa questions I guess I'm not helping....
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Old 11-08-2005, 04:38 PM   #4
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I have seen quotes of $120/foot. After reading up on what is involved, I think that it is an excellent starting point for a looks-significantly-better-than-it-did polish job.

My Overlander, since I am now actively using it, will need some sort of attention in the next few years. I would easily pay $120/foot plus clearcoating. Of course I would require a "track record" in the form of pictures & customer testimonials before leaving my American Classic at anyone's shop.

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How many have you polished? Do you have an estimate of how long to strip the clear. So many variables... I have heard quotes by the foot... You charging for travel or the units coming to you? You have a website? Lotsa questions I guess I'm not helping....
But they are the same questions any potential customer would ask...

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Old 11-08-2005, 05:02 PM   #6
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But they are the same questions any potential customer would ask...
I could pay some serious bucks to get a polish job that looks as nice as Shari's.

Uh... Airstream, that is....

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I could pay some serious bucks to get a polish job that looks as nice as Shari's.

Uh... Airstream, that is....

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Psst...my nails look good too!

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Here is something to think about as a different marketing angle - for those vintage owners who are DIY'ers but may not have the time or means to do the whole job.

Do a price for Stipping only, Polish only (with hardware removed) as well as your price that everyone else is giving - per foot that includes everything.

For example we would enjoy doing the stripping - and removing all the hardware basically all the prep work and then bring her in for the full polishing stages. That way those with the experience and tools can go to it and get the polish done.

My Brother has been a trucker all his life - and is staying with us for a bit - he asked why we would not just do all the prep work and take her down to a truck polishing/detailing place - they do all the aluminum tankers to a mirror finish - and are very reasonable. I have not got a price yet - but it might be an idea for you to check into their pricing too.

There just seems to be a bit of gouging when it comes to airstreams - and the so called exclusive products - why just the other day I was in an old early 70, dodge motorhome - and much to my surprise - all the lights are the same as the ones used in 65-70 same with the faucets and many other little pieces of hardware -

Not complaining - but just really do your homework - starting out with no customers under your belt will be a hard break in - into this market.

Good Luck - and I'm with Richard - we have two that you could use as a guinnepig
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C-R-A-P-P-I-E!

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Where in the world is Medford ???
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Where in the world is Medford ???
There is one in Massachsetts...........
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Where in the world is Medford ???
Also Oregon...neither are 'Midwest' though

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Other Medfords

There is also a Medford in New York, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland. Some of these would be in the Midwest.

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