Auto Paint Repair

What is the Average Cost to Paint a Car


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The average cost to paint a car has a number of “it depends” factors attached to it.

Special Offers

If you get your car repainted during special offers, then the average cost goes down by 20-30%. For example, MAACO offers a "weekend special” price during many weekends. Just like MAACO, during the President’s Day Weekend, the Nationwide Auto Painting Chain offers, at least offered through a specific date, a $299.95 special to repaint your old, dull-looking car into a new vibrant-looking vehicle.

Body Work

If your entire vehicle needs only a simple tire removal, masking and spray paint, you will find that the job will cost between $400- $500, plus tax, if your state charges a service tax.

The cost to repaint a car depends on other factors, such as repair work. If your car is in a condition where the mechanic needs to work on the body to bring it back to good condition, it could raise the cost of the repainting significantly. For example, if your car requires stripping the old layer, removing dents and then repainting the car, then the cost of repainting will be between $1,500-$4,500.

In general, it can cost anywhere from $3,000 to as much as $10,000 or more to repaint a vehicle from a garage. The process itself involves sanding the vehicle to bare metal and then masking the car with any bright and window work, as well as the wheels. Once this is done you must then wash the old metal to clean it thoroughly. Once done, the mechanic applies longevity, enhancing primer to your vehicle’s metal. Surface color is reapplied properly, followed by Clearcoat. You can look at spending anywhere from $4,000 to $5,000 to have this work performed correctly.

Do it Yourself

If you have the knowledge and wish to repaint the car yourself, then you can save a few bucks. But it is recommended to take this job oneself, if you have complete know-how of the project. For repainting the car yourself, you will need various tools such as covers, spray gun, paints etc. Now the cost of the paint can range anywhere from $100 to $1,000, as you will need to apply several layers of the paint, if you want the paint last for long time. If you are looking for best brands in paints, then it can cost up to $6,000.

Wide Range of Restoration

So, depending on the size of the vehicle, you may find you can have the work done for as little as $500 or as much as $50,000. In many cases, you will also find that your restoration facility will also “wet-sand” the vehicle to remove dings and scratches, and that they will charge you from $2,000 to $3,000 for the completed work.

At the very most, you will likely find your cost will be in the $3,000 to $4,000 range, but remember you must have the work done correctly and also have the body prepared correctly, or the job won’t be to your credit at all.

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