Ready to revive your ride with a fresh coat of paint? See how much it could cost before you paint.
We estimate that nine out of 10 people that walk into his shop for a paint job do so because of fading. Although fading isn’t as big of a problem in less extreme climates, there are several other reasons car owners might contemplate changing their vehicle’s color.
One reason may be because they’re selling the vehicle and investing in a paint job will yield top dollar. Another common reason is for aesthetic reasons, such as preventing rust or adding personal flair to the vehicle.
The condition of a vehicle’s paint ranks among the top five items affecting the car’s value.
What is the cost to paint a car?
According to Cost Helper, the cost for a single-coat synthetic enamel paint job ranges from $300 to $900, with an average of $566. A mid-level paint job with a higher-quality paint and additional prep work like removing rust and dents can range from $1,000 to $3,500 with an average of $1,316. For a high-quality paint job drivers reported spending between $2,400 and $7,500, with an average price of about $5,000.
The average price he charges to completely paint a car is between $600 and $1,000. Most full paint jobs cost around $2,000. Prices vary depending on the paint color and the vehicle’s size. The price of the complete paint job also depends on the color used. For example, a gallon of white paint may cost $100, while red may cost $250.
For smaller jobs, such a bumper-to-bumper racing stripe, charges are between $150 and $200.
• A basic paint job includes a single-stage enamel paint used to refresh the vehicle’s appearance. It comes with a one-year warranty and gives the vehicle a nice gloss with an accurate color match.
• A preferred paint job is a single-stage application using urethane paint. It’s more resistant than enamel finishes and comes with a three-year warranty.
• A premium paint job is a two-stage application that includes a glossy finish, color match and urethane sealer. It comes with a five-year warranty.
• A platinum paint job includes light chip and scratch repair, priming and block sanding all areas, and a urethane sealer. It also comes with a five-year warranty.
Prices normally start at $299 for a basic job, and up to $3,000 for a premium show-car-quality finish, which includes a full wet sand and buff. Most business adds the base coat clearcoat offerings, which are part of the premium and platinum packages, start at about $1,200.
Things to consider before having your car painted
Consumers should educate themselves before having their car painted. Paint repair prices vary drastically depending on several factors, such as whether the repair is to a fender, door and paint.
We recommend getting in writing what a paint shop will do for surface preparation. That it’s important to ask if there’s a warranty, whether the company paints doorjambs, fender edges and under the hood, as well as apply a protective clearcoat finish.
“Last, but not least, does it make economic sense to paint the car versus trading in the car?”.
Full vinyl car wraps have grown in popularity in recent years as an alternative to painting. Wraps can cost $1,500 or more.
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