4 Essential Things to Know About Painting Your Car

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Vehicles are painted to prevent rust, but it also adds a visual appeal to it. Car paint comes in a variety of different colors and finishes. Today, cars can be customized by choosing whatever color of paint you wish.

How Much Does Painting a Car Cost?

Painting a car ranges between $600 to upwards of $2,000, according to Angie’s List. Most full paint jobs end up being around $2,000. Paint jobs come in four types, which include: a basic paint job, a preferred paint job, a premium paint job, and a platinum job.

Types of Car Paint

There are three types of car paint. The first one is acrylic, which is easy to apply and provides a glossy finish. This kind of paint does not last as long because it is described as soft. Metallic paint is a second type of paint. This paint is eye catching on sports cars and can easily hide scratches. Metallic paint is difficult to repair, so that is something to keep in mind when choosing it. The third type of car paint is urethane. Urethane can be sprayed, it dries quickly, and it is very durable. Urethane needs to be applied with a suit, respirator, and goggles for safety reasons.

Common Paint Problems

Common paint problems include spotting or discoloration on the vehicle. This can happen when natural contaminants come into contact with your vehicle. Some of these contaminants include: acid rain, tree sap, bird droppings, and road tar. Another problem is cracking in your vehicle’s topcoat. The cause of cracking can be excessive thickness of your undercoat, or inadequate flash time after every coat. Chipping is another paint problem that happens frequently. It occurs when stones or rocks damage the paint.

Have a Professional Paint Your Car

It is a good idea to have a professional paint your car because they have the proper tools and experience. Search the qualifications of professionals before deciding on a painter for your vehicle.

Your vehicle’s paint helps to prevent rust, along with creating an eye catching color while you are heading down the road. There are various car paint types and finishes available, so it is best to consult with your mechanic to find the best option for your vehicle and price range.


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Jose

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Jose
8 years of experience
BMW 325i - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Redwood City, California
I had a few mechanics from YM and _all_ of them arrived late (some even 2 hours late) , but not Jose! He arrived right on time! I gave him the keys and let him do his job. I am a curious person so I asked him a few questions about his techniques and he had no problem answering them all with detailed explanations! He did run into a problem on my car because of stripped bolts, but he literally went above and beyond and found a way to remove it. Best mechanic ever.
Lexus CT200h - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - South San Francisco, California
Jose was on time and did a great job on my brakes. He was friendly and explained the entire process. Would highly recommend.

Augustine

11 years of experience
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Augustine
11 years of experience
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Augustine was amazing. He was the perfect example of customer service all around. While he was working, I was recommending him to my neighbors. Next time I need work, I will be requesting Augustine specifically!!!!! Please give him a raise or bonus!!!
Toyota Corolla - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mr. Sanchez showed up on time and finished replacing my rotors and break pads. He was very informative and treats your car like his own. He was very time efficient and communicated very well. I highly recommend Mr. Sanchez’s services!!!!

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John
26 years of experience
GMC Yukon XL 1500 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - League City, Texas
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Dodge Nitro - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Peoria, Arizona
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