If your car has fallen down from its former glory due to a faded paint finish, you may be interested in having it repainted. A new coat of paint and turn your car a star studded hero once again that you love to drive. So, when deciding about car painting, its not IF you should paint your old, favorite car, but instead, HOW you plan to paint it. Should you do custom, do it yourself job, or have the professionals take on the task?
Car painting has been the gentleman's hobby for many decades (50 years) but can be quite the undertaking if you're new to the concept or don't have much time on your hands. But, before you even start getting to the whloe "repainting" idea, consider some quick fix-her-up products that can quickly remove the chalky look on the paint, or the few nicks and scratches that have accumulated on the paint. Using one of those quick car paint fix products could end up saving you several hundred dollars.
In other do-it-yourself cases, you can do quick spot repair with some sandpaper, spray cans of primer, and color and clear coating products for your closest Auto Zone or other car supply store. This method may not be the best for your $50,000 luxury sedan but if you have a junker that you don't plan on selling, this could be the best method for you.
If you have some small collision damage you want to repair (something your insurance won't cover because the price of the repair is so minimal), some of the leading car paint businesses, like Maaco, will quote prices for repairing the damage at around $150 (but if body needs repair too, it can go upwards to $400). Interestingly enough, for the price of those "spot" jobs, you can get close to the cost of having the entire car repainted. So, should you get the car repainted? If you have a modern, high-value car, you probably will want to have the car repainted so that the repaired area matches the rest of the car. But, if the rest of the car (and the car is old) looks good, don't fix what isn't broke, and go with a spot job.
Deciding between a custom paint job and a job through a national "cheap" chain could be a no-brainer when it comes to a beater car, but what about your middle-of-road quality car? While custom paint shops can be more expensive, they put a lot more effort and have a much deeper attention to detail than those in-and-out paint shops. If you want a paint job that will last with peeling in the future, custom paint shops are the way to go. If, on the other hand, the car isn't worth a $1500 paint job, stick with a national production paint shop.