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Question DetailsAsked on 9/10/2015

How much does it cost to paint a car?

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Big range here. $600-5,000 depending on quality of paint/primer/clear coat, amount of prep, number of coats, etc. Cost goes up way above 5k, but that's a basic range.

Answered 4 years ago by DriverNerd


In addition to the points in the first comment, WHAT is being painted counts a lot too - a simple "visible exterior body" paint job which only paints the body parts (not bumpers, wheels, etc) that are visible outside is a WHOLE lot cheaper than one that paints all surfaces (requiring essentially total disassembly of the car) or even just "body inside and out) which removes some body panels but not the main body and paints exterior and the inner faces too. Then you have bumpers, frame, underside of the body, exhaust system and driveline, engine and accessories, interior etc that can be painted as applicable and all add to the cost.

The $600-1500 range would be your visible exterior only Earl Schieb type paint job - functional but don't expect perfection nor significant repair of any dents or rusted parts for that cost - a "good" paint job is probably going to run you $3000 or more, so unless a restoration or a fairly high value car or very dear to your heart a high-end full-car I-and-O (inside and Out) paint job is usually reserved for higher-end collectibles, antique restorations, or DIY jobs by kids or car fanatics.

And of course, a full "show car" job can run over $10,000.

Type of paint makes a difference too - the higher end paints get up to over $200/gallon and require at least 3-5 coats to give a "deep" appearance, as well as several gloss coats and a sealer - so from bare metal up you can easily have 5-8 coats on the vehicle.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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