How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Car?

Published: April 4, 2022
Last updated: February 21, 2024

Your automobile's paint provides protection and beauty to your car. The following information is helpful if you need your car painted or repainted. Your car might need to be repainted to restore its original colors or give it a new look.

Discover all the information you need about painting your car in this article. Let's explain why you might want to paint your car. Let's begin!

Why You Should Paint Your Car

A car's paint protects it against the environment, like the skin on your body. Most cars have steel chassis, susceptible to rusting in direct contact with the environment, resulting in a longer lifespan.

The more damaged your car is, the more likely it will need to be repainted. If your car has been badly scratched or involved in an accident, the paint may be damaged. It's an everyday occurrence in the automotive business. Advances have made repairs more effective, so painting is no longer necessary. 

If you simply want a different color for your car, you might repaint it. Colors affect the car's appearance, but they also affect its value. It is unlikely that the price of a car will go up or down when the most common colors are white, black, and silver. However, a few models may come in rare colors.

The cost of repainting your car may make it unprofitable to do so to increase its value. Nevertheless, if you must paint the car for other reasons, you should consider its impact on its overall value. 

Painting The Car Yourself

You should know that painting your car is not an easy task before picking up a brush. The process of painting a car is complicated and requires a great deal of expertise. You should not paint your car if you are not experienced in painting because the results are unlikely to be as you expect.

You will need to take many steps to paint the care yourself and plenty of equipment and materials. Using high-quality paint and practicing before painting your car is essential if you decide to paint the car yourself. 

Plasti Dip is another option. This is considerably less expensive than a traditional paint job, and if it turns bad, it can easily be removed.

Car Paint Composition

To paint a car, one must go beyond simply applying paint. Many things make up the paint, contributing to its overall quality. Labor costs determine the cost of painting a car. Additives, binder, filler, pigment, and many other components make up the paint.

After reading this article, you will have a greater appreciation and understanding of all of the processes involved in creating car paint.


Binders provide a means for holding the paint together or, more specifically, pigment. To put it simply, as long as the paint remains on the painted surface, the finish must be smooth.


The pigment determines the color and tone of the paint. In addition to changing the paint's color, it makes it stronger. The properties of some pigments even make them more resistant to corrosion and rust. As a powder, the pigment is composed of many fine particles. Pigment powder is responsible for the special effects of metallic paint and other types of car paint.


The filler is applied in much the same way as spackle used in homes to cover holes in the walls caused by nails or other construction work. Different fillers are used depending on the extent of the damage. If not applied correctly, fillers can produce terrible results, so it is imperative to have substantial experience applying them.


It disperses different components within the paint to give it the consistency required. Solvents have traditionally been popular. In recent years, water-based paint has gained popularity due to environmental concerns.

Alternatives To Painting The Car

With plasti dip, your car will look brand new at the lowest price. In addition to being easy to use, Plasti Dip can simply be peeled away if the results are not to your satisfaction.

Wrapping your vehicle is another option. It might not be good to wrap your car because the paint underneath the wrap needs to be in good condition. Regarding how much the cost varies, it is similar to painting a car. The vinyl type, the vehicle's size, and shape are some of these factors. The cost of wrapping will increase if the car has many edges and hard-to-reach places.

Wraps are not permanent, but a good paint job will outlast a good wrap. If you lose interest in the design or color, you can remove the wrap. People who can afford to spend more money do this.

How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Car?

A car's paint job depends on many factors, as previously mentioned. It depends on what kind of color, what kind of special effects, what size the car is, and other factors. It is also important to decide whether the whole car needs to be painted or if only a small part needs to be painted.

While repainting a body panel yourself may seem appealing, remember that the panel must match the rest of the car. A professional car painter faces this challenge as one of their greatest challenges. Unless you care very much about the finish of the paint job on your car or you want to practice painting cars, we only recommend painting the car with no experience.

Nine times out of ten, it's best to leave the work to the professionals. Choosing a paint shop with a good reputation and considerable experience is important.

Cost Estimator

Below we have listed several scenarios with an estimated cost for each to help you estimate the cost of a paint job.

Low Budget Paint Job

You can expect to pay between $350 and $900 for a professional paint job. Because of the quality of the paint, the number of layers painted, and the areas painted, the paint job is still relatively cheap despite being professionally done.

If you choose this paint job, your car won't look like it came from a factory. Some companies omit painting certain parts of cars, such as doors, B-pillars, and areas under the hood, to save time and money.

Medium Budget Paint Job

It is recommended that you spend between $1000 and $5000 for a medium-budget paint job. This type of painting is recommended for those who want a paint job that is properly applied and has smooth surfaces. Rust removal and sanding of the body are included in this painting. As a result, the surface is smoother and has a better overall appearance.

High Budget Paint Job

A paint job can cost as much as you want. Rolls-Royce even makes paint from pulverized diamonds. It is likely outside most people's budget, although the price hasn't been revealed. The cost of a paint job above $10,000 is usually reserved for those who want a high-quality finish. If you decide to paint your car this way, be sure not to scratch it too much.


There is more to painting your car than just picking up some paint and starting to brush. The paint on the car is composed of many components that give it its special glow, effect, and aesthetic. Your car's paint looks good and prevents rust and degradation. If you find any deep scratches on the paint, get them fixed.

If you do not have much experience, you should not try to paint your car. Paint jobs are hard to fix, and you will notice them (especially if you do them yourself). From the outside, your car will look brand new with a paint job costing $1000 - $5000. Several factors determine the price.

It will be more expensive to purchase paints with metallic, pearlescent, or matte finishes. Repainting your car will mean you'll be able to sell it later (unless you plan to keep the car forever). Make sure the color you pick for the job suits the market. Though there are exceptions, brown, pink, and purple colors tend to have a lower resale value.

Are you interested in learning more about cars and their maintenance? Head over to the KeepDriving website and check out our blog post on how to replace the rear window wiper blade.

Principal Analyst A mechanical engineer by trade, Bobby previously spent over 20 years at automakers giants, where he spent most of his time leading core technology design and operations and the development of new automotive models. He now devotes most of his time to be our go-to guy and Principal Analyst in Keep Driving.
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