Whether it's due to damage, age, or simply wanting a new color, painting their car is something that many drivers consider at one point or another. While having a car painted may seem like a straightforward process, there's more to it than simply picking the right color. Factors such as the type of car being painted, it's age, the climate, as well as the driver's preferences, all play a role when it comes to choosing the right paint. Here are three things to consider before having a car painted.
The first thing to consider when having a car painted is the finish. There are a variety of finishes available. What works for one car may not be the right choice for another. Urethane paint is long lasting, durable, and can be sprayed over nearly any type of paint. However, it does have a plastic looking appearance and may not be a good choice for high-end vehicles. Metallic car paint is expensive but offers a unique look that many drivers prefer. Acrylic paint, available as a single stage or a double stage with a clear top coat, is another option. It's affordable but not as long lasting as the other types of auto paint.
Another thing to consider when painting a car is the cost. Costs can vary depending on the paint used and whether or not the job is done by a professional. In most cases, painting a car is best left to the professionals. A very basic paint job will run between $300 and $900 while a standard paint job costs between $1,000 to $3,500. A high-end paint job can easily cost as much as $20,000 if not more in some cases.
Another thing to consider when it comes to auto painting is the amount of time it takes. Having a car painted will require leaving it at the shop for some time. Painting only a small section of the car will often only take a day or two. However, extensive paint jobs may require leaving the car in the shop for more than a week. Drivers should consider the amount of time it will take before their car is ready when looking into having it painted and prepare accordingly. It takes time for the paint to fully dry and cure after being applied to the car.
Painting a car can increase its value and make it look better than ever. However, there are a few things to consider before getting a new paint job. There are a variety of finishes to choose from. The cost can also vary depending on the complexity of the paint job as well. Auto painting also takes time. Drivers should be prepared to be without their cars for at least a couple of days if not more than a week.