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When your favorite vehicle needs a new coat of paint, it’s important to understand how much that service will cost. You might want a fresh paint job if your paint has faded, there has been collision damage, or you just want to switch things up a little bit. The problem is that it’s hard to find honest paint estimates. Estimates can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, all for the same job, depending on the auto paint shop.
We wanted to find an answer to this question once and for all.
There are two factors that affect how much it will cost to paint a vehicle. Those two things are paint quality and prep work. As far as prep work goes, a car that will be painted first needs to be sanded on every surface. In addition, scratches and dents are going to need to be repairs. This can lead to many hours of prep work, which is labor intensive and can be expensive.
That’s not the end, though. Your car will also have to be masked in areas where the pain shouldn’t go. That means the door handles, mirrors, windows, trim, tail lights, headlights, antennas, spoiler, and tires. Doing this professionally can include removal of trim along with masking other areas. However, this can take a good long time too.
To paint more quickly, some shops mask the trim rather than removing. This can work but the paint job will be less professional when all is said and done. Personal preference should play a part in deciding how much this matters to you.
As we talked about earlier, paint quality is also important. When talking to your potential auto paint shop, ask what type of paint they use. The more expensive options can last longer and reduce the chances of peeling and chipping.
Prices for painting your car are going to vary based on location, but here is an idea of how the options might land:
$750 – Base and clearcoat on a compact car. Estimate does not include prep work to prime and sand. No trim would be removed.
$2500 – Prepping and painting a pickup truck. No major dent repair required. Clearcoat and high-quality paint. All trim will be removed and reinstalled.
$7500 – Restoring an older muscle car to original color. Includes body repair, sanding, basecoat, and clearcoat. All glass and trim removed.
If your vehicle needs a new coat of paint, consider visiting BJ’s Auto Theft & Collision. You can learn more about our services on our website or you can call the office at 303-227-1222.