Have new to me whale tail that needs to be painted. Any idea of what range I should expect?
Excellent suggestion on the DIY option. I've gotten color matched, aerosol urethane paint from paintscratch.com and our local autobody supply store and couldn't recommend it enough. It's easy to use and great for DIY'ers who don't have a paint gun, compressor, etc. In terms of actual paint, all you need is the following:Under $50 if you DIY (aerosol matched body paint from paintscratch.com and a can of SprayMax 2k clear aerosol). Probably $150+ if you take it to a shop. If you've got the cash, taking it to a shop would be the least-headaches solution--especially if it needs a little repair work. The OEM tails are some kind of composite and normal body filler doesn't work well on any cracks. You are better off using some 2-part marine resin to repair the cracks--I've been through this.
Note: if you are DIYing and plan to get some body-matched aerosol from one of the online sources, just get the base color but tell them you are doing a 2-stage paint job. The base will go on matte and then you get the depth and shine with the 2K clear. Don't get the clear that the online places supply. It is usually just duplicolor clear lacquer--the 2K is a better topcoat.