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How To Paint Cars for PROFIT – Estimating Material Cost and Labor To Make Money! ๐Ÿ’ฒ

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Complete Car Paint Job Pricing

โœ… You need to consider your customers/your budget.

โœ… Single stage paint = Cheaper materials and less labor work.

โœ… Basecoat clearcoat = Higher material cost and more labor work required.

Single Stage Paint: Pros, Cons and Pricing

PROS

Cheap. Less prep work. You donโ€™t need to be anal with prep. Thick paint covers imperfections. Average $150.00 Gallon Kit.

CONS

Not easily customizable. Nasty overspray (will change your shoe color). Not as easy to buff (especially metallics), but can be done. Wonโ€™t last as long as a good 2k paint.

Single-stage Painting

Basecoat Clearcoat: Pros, Cons and Pricing

PROS

Longer lasting and more durable. Easily customizable to add pearls, flakes or candy. Easy to fix mistakes while painting your base and clear. Can easily colorsand and buff for professional finishes. More custom colors to choose from.

CONS

More expensive. More coats of paint required when painting. 2-3 base 2-3 clear. Means you go around the car 2-3x more. Longer time painting.

Base coat clear coat painting

Pricing

Basecoat: Average cost is $60 a quart. $250 a gallon

Clearcoat: Cheap – $120.00 gallon kit while High-end – $350.00 gallon kit. HOK.

Quick facts

U.S.A. National average pay for body-man and painters:

Auto body technician – $16.89 – $20 per hour

Auto body painter – $17.55 hour. High as $23. in Dallas TX

Autobody shop labor charges – $52.23 per hour

Frame specialist – $67.44

Daihatsu Mini Truck Project

Shop will charge between $75 – $150 per hour depending on the job and make and model of the vehicle.

๐Ÿ‘‰ When doing auto body and paint as a side-hustle on your ownโ€ฆ You can write your own paycheck.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Iโ€™ll show you how you can make more money working for yourself. Especially during these crazy times.

Single-stage Full Paint Job Pricing

Single-stage Full Paint Job

Mucho body work $2,500 – $3,500. 10-15 small/medium size dents or deep scratches. 2-5 rust spots and faded paint. Not including door trunk and hood jambs – Add $300.

Material cost: Paint, primer, masking tape, sandpaper, masking paper, body filler, glaze = $300. YOU should profit $2,000 – $3,000 depending on job. Total job time should be no more than 40 total hours depending on your ability. Can be done sooner 3-4 days.

Friend and family discount should be a few hundred less. Itโ€™s up to you!

Single-stage Full Paint Job Pricing

Single-stage full paint job

Not much body work $1,800 – $2,500. Some peeling paint and fading, a few dents and scratches and maybe 1-3 small rust spots.

Material cost: $300 depending on job. You should profit $1,500 – $2,200. Total job time should be no more than 25 hours. Can be done in 1 day if experienced.

Friend and family discount should be a few hundred less. Itโ€™s up to you!

Basecoat Clearcoat Full Paint Job Pricing

Base coat clear coat full paint job

Mucho body work $3,500 – $6,500. 10-15 small/medium size dents or deep scratches. 2-5 rust spots and faded paint. Custom classic or body kit jobs w/full paint ($6-10k).

Material cost: Paint, primer, masking tape, sandpaper, masking paper, body filler, glaze = $1,000. YOU should profit $2,500 – $8,000 depending on job. Total job time should be no more than 7-10 full days. Jobs can run 2-4 weeks if you have jobs in between.

Basecoat Clearcoat Full Paint Job Pricing

Toyota Tacoma

$4,500. Some peeling paint and fading, a few dents and scratches and maybe 1-3 small rust spots. Custom classic or body kit jobs w/full paint ($6-10k).

Material cost: $1,000 depending on job. You should profit $2,500 – $3,500. Total job time should be no more than 40 hours. Can be done in 2 days if experienced.

Friend and family discount should be a few hundred/thousand less. Itโ€™s up to you!

Hood Touch-up Pricing

2015 Mercedes Hood with small dent and scratches

2015 Mercedes Hood – small dent and scratches – $1,200.00 includes materials and refinishing. Your cost $275.00 1 pint base,  2 pints clear. You profit $925.00

Friend and family pricing – $550 – $800. 5-8 hours of prep and paint.

2015 Honda CRV Hood – $550.00

Your cost $150.00 or less. Same volume materials. You profit $ 400.00

Friend and family pricing – $300 – $400

Fender Touch-up Pricing

2015 Mercedes Fender with small dents and scratches

Basecoat clearcoat pricing.

2015 Mercedes Fender – small dent and scratches – $600.00 includes materials and refinishing. Your cost $180.00 1 pint base, 1 pint clear. You profit $420.00

Friend and family pricing – $380. and up. 2-4 hours for prep and paint.

2015 Honda CRV Fender – $380.

Your cost $125. or less. Same volume materials. You profit $255.00

Friend and family pricing – $280. – $325.

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