From rust spots to car accident damage, painting a car isn’t as simple as applying a couple cans of spray paint. When looking into the cost to paint a car, it’s important to note that quality goes a long way. Poor paint jobs on cars can peel within a few weeks. To get the best results, it’s suggested to seek the help of professionals who specialize in painting cars. They will sand down the original paint and apply a new coat and other touches for added protection.
On the average, the cost of professional painting supplies for a car is between $1,000 and $1,500 because several layers of paint are needed. For between $250 and $400, you could have MAACO  (a national chain) paint your car with jobs lasting less than three months before peeling occurs.
From preparation to the finished product, many garages and body shops charge an average of $2,000 to $3,000 in labor costs. Custom body shops can charge between $4,000 and $8,000 – especially if car parts must be moved and additional work is needed.
A do-it-yourself paint job is not recommended because of the lasting damage a car can sustain when improper techniques and materials are used. However, car spray paint is sold for temporary paint jobs and touch-ups at the local car supply store for around $9.99.
Factors Affecting Price
The size of your vehicle, as well as any specialty requests will affect the cost to paint a car. The quality, color, type of paint used will also increase overall costs. For example, candy apple red costs more than some other paint colors. High-quality paints can cost more than $5,000, while less expensive paints average around $200.