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Remember I'm not big time, just part time. I don't pay my bills doing this yet. I got some graffiti removal at the school up the road. Not a huge job but it will be money in my pocket. What would you all charge and I will see If I am on track with the rest of you on pricing. Prob gonna take me 45min with travel time and hook up time and I'm back in my garage. $20.00 in materials thats gas and media. The letters are brushed aluminum so I can blast it right off using fine glass for the whole job.
 

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Good Luck, hope it cleans up real nice for Ya. :thumbsup:
 

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I would have a "minimum" charge for something like this. If it were in my back yard, and would take less than an hour, $200.00 Remember, when it comes to Graffiti, they want it off and have emergancy funds to pay for the removal. Don't be afraid to charge a premium
 

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Plus its like 5*F here in Indiana where I am wind chill lower than that. I fire my compressor up about once a week in this cold and it has no problems. Im worried about the hot air from the compressor hitting my cold blasting pot causing condensation and cloging issues. I have some 68 Camero trunk pans and car parts coming next week. I will be using my small clemco as we all know my Schmidt is in renovation.
 

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I was thinking my minimum $300. I assume you will have to hit all the surface of the letters to even without paint so they look the same after. I'll bet you can just blow it off at the end enough to clean off the ground and bushes. Is that blue color part of it too?

When you are finnished you spray paint your company name on it as an advertisment

Graffiti removal by Killzone
 

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No just the red, it is from a rival school. There wont be any clean up, there is snow on the ground. I was thinking $150.00 so I guess I'm still thinking low. This paint is going to come right off, I plan on just lightly dusting it. I just did one on another daycare/school, I was there for 15min and charged $175.00. It was on brick also and it came right off.
 

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You might be high??What are you smoking...LOL just kidding. If I were in this to pay my bills I would charge around $200.00 or more. Dryer yes I got the PM did some searches and couldn't come up with anything. I went to 15 different places looking for a automatic air valve 1 1/4" and nobody knows what I was talking about. I had a 12v air control valve sitting right under my nose. It came off of the NOS system my brother and I had on our S-10 with the 454. It is a closed valve with 1/4" outlets. There is no reason this should not work with my application. It only has two wires coming out of the solenoid. Gonna run one to the battery, one up to the deadman and back to the solenoid to complete the circuit. I paid $60.00 for the this a few years back, better than the $120.00 to $160.00 blasting suppliers want. Now all I am lacking is the automatic control valve and the 1 1/4" to 1/2" T pipe.
 

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i dont care if you are still small time or not...you pose as a legit business and therefore you should charge like it...driving out,set up ,blast ,tear down,and drive back ....i have a usual minumum of 300-350 for mobile stuff and graffitti is a premium charge because of the nautre of the emergency to get it off asap...the chack made out for 300 dollars is a drop in the bucket to really anyone that has to write it...usually.

as far as you stating the letters are brushed aluminum...i am gonna say that you are gonna etch that surface wich is a different look all together from a brushed look...soda will be your best bet...potassium sulphate will also work...

non of this was written as an insult just my opinion....
 

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I understand completely....That's why I asked the question, to get everyone else's opinion. The more I think about it the more I feel that if I low ball this job I am doing everyone in the blasting business a discredit. Those who rely on paying their bills I am sure do not appreciate some small part time loco blasting for nothing. I realize I must be competitive; however, there is no competition locally for (Mobile Sandblasting) and I'm not going to rape someone because of it. I don't soda blast and we have no local soda blaster. This is not something I want to get into because no one would be willing to pay $80 to $100 a bag around here.

They told me that they do not care if the profile on the letters is changed. It won't affect the over all appearance of the job. It might just give it a fresh new look. Don't worry about hurting my feelings. I'm still learning as I have said in numerous posts.
 

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It wouldn't hurt to print out a copy of my disclaimer for this job. There is a good chance that the letters have a clear coat on them or a plastic film to keep them from oxidation. I wouldn't say that to them but so they don't come to you in a year asking for a new sign if anything happens.

I still say hit em in the $300. range.
 

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Do you think a school would go for an open ended price? I think they would just want to know the cost to aprove it. And if it takes a half an hour you get paid squat. I like the firm price for this one. I'm sure it won't use too much glass. I don't think he can lose if he said mid twos or three.
 

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the biggest and easiest way for me to look at it and justify is by if i am going to be out of the shop for say at least half of a day to do that job total then i want somewhere near what i could stand to loose if i were busy everyday for the time not working at the shop...even though you can make more than the 300 in half of a day at the shop you still stand justified by charging accordingly...300 minumum...practise in front of the vanuty mirror before you go...300....300....300...300...it is no different of a word than 150 it is just more......300...300....300...
 

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First of all, that's crappy that they'd do that, but I guess they're kids. Kill, I'd go for $300 minimum. It's gonna be FREEZING! Can you detach the letters and bring them back and blast them in your garage at a cabinet blaster? I don't remember if you have one or not. Is the spot where you remove the "R" going to be a lot lighter when you're done? Maybe tell them $500 and you'll do the entire thing to "freshen" up the look so it's all a uniform shade.
 

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Oh my god!!! Don't try to take the letters off.Sorry Gran but I just can imagine how whatever holds them on there is all corroded and they may never go back and what a nightmare. Turn a twenty minute job in to two weeks of fabricating new brackets.

Very good point about it maybe looking different if you blast just the paint areas.
 

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Those letters aren't coming off...I was going to dust the whole thing just incase it changed colors. It is pretty dirty but even with a light dusting, Im still going to use less than 100lbs of media. Fortunately I've done enough blasting on brick and stone to know what it does to the surface. I'm still waiting to see what the Superintendent wants done. Blast it all or attempt to chemically remove the paint from the letters, cover them and blast around them. I vote for blast it all.
 

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Couldn't agree with Glen more, I never turn a bolt that might break off, those concrete markers and signs always have corrosion issues. Im sure this job is done by now. I have done a few grafitti jobs out here in the dakotas and they always want it off asap.
 
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