A new coat of paint for your ride can be tempting, particularly when the colour has faded, or you are repairing a collision damage, trying to get rid of surface oxidation, or you simply want to change the colour of your car. However, the cost can be very prohibitive, with common estimates ranging from $500 to $1500 for a conventional paint job, while painting a luxury vehicle and making it showroom-ready can cost up to $7,000.
There are a couple of main factors that affect the cost to paint a car – prep work, and the quality of automotive paint used. Prep work involves sanding the car from top to bottom, and if there are dents, dings, or scratches, they are repaired as well. Needless to say, this work is time consuming, not to mention labour intensive. Parts of the car that need to be protected from overspray are also “masked” during prep, and these parts include the windows, mirrors, headlights, door handles, antennas, and the like.
The second factor, on the other hand, is the quality of the paint used – higher quality paint from a reliable brand understandably costs more. This is because higher-end paint brands frequently offer a lifetime warranty, not to mention more professional-looking results. To ensure that you are getting the best deal, make sure to enquire with your body shop what paint they are using, and if you can, check with a reputable auto paint supply store on the cost and quality.
DIY car paint job: Is it possible?
If you have time on your hands and you would like to save on a paint job, you can opt to do it yourself. As mentioned earlier, the prep phase can be labour intensive and can take a lot of time, so when you decide to DIY your car’s paint job, you must be patient. As for the paint to be used, you must never scrimp on the quality, because cheap paints rarely last long. You will only end up spending more in the long run.
If you are in need of high quality paint for your car, look no further than Park Automotive. We have been in the business since 1976 as a leading provider of industrial and automotive paint in Perth. We stock and sell a wide range of products, including 3M, Norton, Gelson, Sika, and all your spray painting requirements, including Anest Iwata and Devilbiss spray guns, Sundstrom Respiration, and a wide range of spray tools.
Our paint brands include Standox, Standoblue, Nason Finishes and Nason Industrial, Cromax, Perco Top, Duxone Plus, and Wagon Paints, to name a few. When you come to us with any of body shop paint needs, our highly experienced and knowledgeable staff will assist you in ordering the accurate amount of paint, as well as help you choose the right shade from the right brand, depending on your specific requirements.