How Much Does It Cost to Paint a Car

Kuehn says the average price he charges to completely paint a car is between $600 and $1,000, which he says is below the national average. He says most full paint jobs cost around $2,000. Kuehn says car painting is cheaper at his shop, in part, because it’s a competitive business in southern Arizona, where the sun damages car paint quicker.  Kuehn says prices vary depending on the paint color and the vehicle’s size. The price of the complete paint job also depends on the color used. For example, a gallon of white paint may cost $100, while red may cost $250, Kuehn says.

For smaller jobs, such a bumper-to-bumper racing stripe, Kuehn says he charges between $150 and $200.

Frost says his company offers four types of paint jobs. Prices vary greatly, depending on the one you choose.

• A basic paint job includes a single-stage enamel paint used to refresh the vehicle’s appearance. It comes with a one-year warranty and gives the vehicle a nice gloss with an accurate color match, Frost says.

• A preferred paint job is a single-stage application using urethane paint. It’s more resistant than enamel finishes and comes with a three-year warranty, Frost says.

• A premium paint job is a two-stage application that includes a glossy finish, color match and urethane sealer. It comes with a five-year warranty.

• A platinum paint job includes light chip and scratch repair, priming and block sanding all areas, and a urethane sealer. It also comes with a five-year warranty.

Frost says his prices start at $299 for a basic job, and up to $3,000 for a premium show-car-quality finish, which includes a full wet sand and buff. He adds the base coat clearcoat offerings, which are part of the premium and platinum packages the company offers, start at about $1,200.

“Prices are affected by location, body work needed, if base coats and clear coats are selected and more,” Frost says. “All Maaco paint jobs are equal in quality, but there are two things that vary between the various types of paint jobs we offer: longevity of paint and appearance of paint and whether it’s gloss, color match or metallic.”

“We‘ve [had] small spot paint requests on cars, ranging from small scratches and dents to bumpers, hoods and side view mirrors,” Frost says. “We can’t give an average price for these spot jobs because the prices vary so much based on the specific needs of the repair.”