Frequently Asked Questions and Tips - Shopping Tips

Valuable shopping tips you can use when comparing custom paint and body shops

  Think seriously before you decide to go with a local shop just to try to save a buck! Why? I see time and time again emails from people who thought they were saving a buck to get their job done locally, only to find out that...
#1) either the job doesn't get finished;
#2) the job was not completed to expectations (especially if you took some pics of our work in for them to try to copy); or
#3) the company went out of business. As a result, these people are stuck in a situation they didn't anticipate would happen and now they contact me requesting help in correcting the problems.
Please take a look at our website. I personally designed every page of this website. I didn't hire a web design company to do this site. Most competitors either do it themselves (and fail at either promoting or updating their site) or hire someone to 'spruce' up their company. Here is the approach when you hire a web design firm to do a website...I paint bikes, make me look good! Our work and website speaks for itself. Our website is updated frequently with new paint jobs and feedback from our customers who either send us photos of their bikes or testimonials. My staff and I take a lot of pride in our art and work very hard at providing a satisfactory experience for our customers. With the internet, contact with us is just a click away. During the paint process, you will receive a couple sets of photos (progress photos and final photos). Plus, we are available by email and phone.
As for the money savings, the average shipping costs for a 3-4 piece set runs an average of about $70-$100 each way (UPS ground) depending on the size of the tins. If you are willing to pay good, hard earned money on a paint job, why skimp now? If you are concerned with your tins being damaged in shipment, our shipping record is impeccable as far as shipping back your newly painted tins and we plan to keep it that way! Please don't let that be a factor that keeps you from doing business with us.
Please keep in mind that if you go with a local, unproven painter, you risk having to pay twice (or a lot more than what we quoted!) for a paint job if it doesn't turn out to be what you wanted. Why chance it? Go with the best! Still have doubts... be sure and visit our Testimonial Section

Thank you...
Scott Farrell
Attitude Custom Painting

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Be sure if you are looking at pics with fancy backgrounds with special effects lighting, to try to visualize the set/paint job in 'real world' conditions. After all, your bike will really spend most of it's time in the outdoors (and in your garage). So be sure and take WHERE the pictures were taken in consideration.

Also observe the backgrounds of the pictures taken out doors. Obviously if they take the pictures in their front yard or driveway, you are probably getting a 'side-jobber' special that was sprayed in their garage...or even outdoors!

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This sure holds true in motorcycle painting. If you include all the materials (paints, reducers, sandpaper, cleaning thinners), it averages out to about $150 for a single color or about about $250+ for a basic custom paint job, don't think that you will get a 'show quality' custom paint job for $600. There is alot of labor and steps into doing the job RIGHT! If the price is low, then obviously some of the steps were not taken in order to make the job right. Or, the materials chosen for the job were not the best available.
If you purchase a 'cheap' inexpensive paint job job, you're going to get a cheap job.
Corners, steps and quality of materials are cut!

Once you have it painted and find out it's not to your satisfaction, then it's too late!  I've heard this WAY too many times!

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Have you seen pics of their flames? Be sure and ask for some recent jobs that were done. Each painter has their own style of flames. Make sure it is their style you like.

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You never know who you will come across when dealing over the internet. If you're looking on eBay, be sure and check feedback along with possibly a 'company name' mentioned in the auction.  If you see photos listed of previous jobs and the paint jobs and paint schemes look like they are from the '90's, they probably are. Be sure and see some good recent work. The pics they show you should be in digital format (not scanned) and should be recent paint jobs.

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If the custom painter or shop happens to have a website, be sure and check the 'copyright' dates listed in at the lower portion of their website pages. If the date is outdated, then most likely their content and service is too.

I've come across nice looking custom painting websites only to see that the copyright dates would read 1,2, 3 or even more years out of date. This is an excellent tip I offer. I would suggest you use on ANY type of website you come across and consider doing a purchase.
I use this tip all the time no matter what I am purchasing.

As the 'internet' progresses, some sites, pages, business, become stagnant and and get left on the internet. These pages may look like legit pages and business, when in reality, they no longer exist as businesses.

BE CAREFUL!!!

Also, look for the websites that change their website copyright even before the year is here. Yes, I've seen it done. One of my competitors put 2009 5 months before it was even 2009.

Want to see how long a website has really been on the internet? Check out the Wayback Machine. This company claims it's website content has been copyright from 1999-2009.
Our Attitude Custom Painting website has been in business since April 2001
I'm sure if you check all our competitor website using the Wayback Machine, you will see that we were one of the first internet custom motorcycle paint shops with a true internet painting business.

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While browsing through our website, please notice all the “dates” listed on our site.  For instance, in the Samples of Work section, you will see the date the job was posted. You will also see the same in the Customer Rides section as these also have dates listed.   In addition, ALL of our testimonials are dated back to 2002.

Wonder why we do this? So you, the customer can see that our website is updated weekly (sometimes daily). Some other sites are outdated with old content, some don't even have ANY dates on them.
  And, if you don't check the site out often, you wouldn't  have any idea when the last time they added a job because dates are not provided. They just have the generic job listings, testimonials, customer rides pics with no dates. We at ACP feel that a website with dated content shows you how well a website is moving and can give you an important indication of how the business is doing.  Our website is continually ‘moving’ and we’re always adding new content.  This is a good thing to keep in mind while shopping for a custom painter to do your bike!

Also, be sure and read our  “Copyright Tips” located in the "Shopping Tips" section of the FAQ and Tips section
 

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that just because a local shop says they can match our paint jobs, they can. I have had numerous people call me telling me their stories of how they went ahead and had a set painted by a local shop, only to find out that the paint job they got wasn't even close to the picture of what it was supposed to be.
 
This is a perfect example of what can happen.
The customer finds a 'local painter' to do a copy of our 898 paint job. The painter "takes one look at it and says he can do it for $675". Below are pics of the job that the painter was supposed to do, and what the customer of his ended up getting.

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The paint job he received...

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Be sure this is done, this ensures you will not have any leaks and sealing them will help prevent rust.

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Taking a pic off an auction (or website) and take it to a local shop to see if they can do it is very risky. Most likely they're going to say they can match the colors or paint scheme just to get you in the door. Probably a good idea just to go ahead and get the job that you like painted by the company that did it originally! 

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