How Much Does it Cost to Paint a Car

January 27, 2012

If you are looking at your car, and considering it needs an update, you may be wondering how much it will cost to paint a car. The price of a car paint job can depend upon a number of factors, including whether you choose to do it yourself, try it alone, or whether you want to give your car over to professionals who you trust to do a good job. Other costs include the type of car paint job you want, and whether you want to get the best deal for your money, or are also keen on other factors such as the professionalism of the finish and the final appearance of the car. When you are looking at costs, you will need to take a number of factors into consideration.

Preparation of the Car

Whether you are going it alone or having it done by professionals, you will need to look in to factors such as car preparation costs. To get the best deal for your money, look at the price of elements such as car protection, sandpaper or sander use, and other aspects which can mean that the cost of preparing your car will increase. Try and cover as many of these things as you can before you hand over to the professionals. This will save you money even if you end up paying for the paint job itself.

Custom Paint Jobs

If you want your car painted a particular color, or you want a design on the front which will make your car more distinctive, expect to pay more for these little extras. Custom paint costs may include the price of importing a particular color, but will also have factors such as paint prep costs. This includes making sure the custom paint is the right thickness to apply to the car, and also any underlying extras, such as primers. If you are doing the car yourself, you may find the company you purchase the paint from, mix it themselves, and then charge you for it. So be aware of these kinds of factors before you place an order.

Where the Job is being Done

If you are handing your car over to be painted somewhere else, you may find car painting costs change depending upon the type of establishment at which the car is being painted. A local garage, for example, will not charge so much as a specialist car paint shop, but you may find you will have less options on color of paint, or design of custom paint jobs with a local area garage than you may have had with the car paint experts.

Paint Application

The cost of the actual paint application will depend on how you choose to have the paint applied, and whether you will need one or more coats to cover the cost. Getting the paint applied by machine will probably cost less than manual work, although the more layers applied with the automated system, the more you should expect to pay.