How much money will it cost if I decide to repaint my car? This is a common question that car owners ask themselves when they are researching automotive paint jobs. Notably, the total cost of a new paint job can fluctuate based on a number of different variables that correlate with each step of the re-paint process.
An automotive paint job is a multi-step process. The products, technology and methods employed at each stage directly relate to the total cost. The primary phases of a new paint job include: surface preparation, primer, protecting the trim, and painting. In addition, the skill level and expertise of the automotive technician will also impact the inclusive price.
Surface Preparation: Prior to repainting the body of a vehicle the surface must be thoroughly prepped. This is a process that can include the removal of rust, welding and/or chemical treatments, aligning panels, straightening dents, application of filler, and the use of specialized tools and equipment. An acutely methodical surface preparation will lead to a higher quality, longer lasting, and more expensive paint finish.
Primer: Primer is applied to a car in order to create a smooth and protective layer between the body of the vehicle and the paint. It is also used in order to protract color consistency. Often, when repainting an entire vehicle, the body must be primed and sanded multiple times in order to achieve the highest level of quality in the final product. Of course, the more time spent, the more expensive the final product will be.
Protecting the Trim: There are two distinctive methods of protecting the trim of a vehicle during the re-paint process: masking and de-trimming. Masking is a cost friendly approach that consists of using tape to cover the trim of a vehicle. De-trimming requires the removal and reinstallation of the trim during the re-paint process. De-trimming is a more effective protection process; however, it requires more labor and is subsequently more expensive.
Paint: Car owners can select a single stage or base coat/clear coat paint product to be used on their car during the re-paint process. The base coat/clear coat method aligns with the latest advancements in paint technology, and is the process that is used in the production of new cars. Base coat/clear coat products are more expensive; however, result in greater luster, and stronger protection against the elements.
Mercer Auto Body uses state-of-the-art automotive paint technology and equipment in order to achieve flawless paint jobs. The team at Mercer recognizes that when it comes to repainting your vehicle, there isn’t one size that fits all, and they will work with you to achieve your desired result while staying within your budget. Give us a call today or stop by for a free evaluation!
Mercer Auto Body services customers in Kennett Square, Avondale, West Grove, Landenberg, Toughkenamon, Hockessin DE, Chadds Ford, Unionville, and Concordville.