How Much Does It Cost to Respray a Car?

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 2 months ago

5 min read

  • Bodywork
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Spraying a car with red paint

FixMyCar explains what's involved in a car respray and how much it's likely to cost.

Respraying a car is often a lengthy process, taking anywhere from a few days to several weeks. It’s worth finding an experienced technician to make sure the job is done to a high standard, even if that means paying a bit more. The last thing you want to do is pay for a respray that looks bad or doesn’t last.

So, how much is it likely to cost? Find out in this guide.

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The respraying process

How much does it cost to respray a car?

FAQs


The average price of a car respray is £975.61, according to FixMyCar’s data. This figure is based on jobs of various sizes, including single panels. For a full respray, the cost is likely to be £2-3,000, depending on the make and model of your car and the type of paint used.


The respraying process 

Respraying a car isn’t as simple as painting over the top of the existing colour. Several steps are involved in the process:

  • The right paint colour is selected.

  • The original colour is stripped.

  • The bodywork is sanded.

  • Masking tape is placed over areas that won’t be sprayed, such as the windows.

  • Primer is used to prepare the metal for the new paint.

  • The car is resprayed with the new colour.

  • Top coat and lacquer are applied.

  • The final steps are buffing and polishing.

Multiple paint coats may be used and some steps will be repeated numerous times, ensuring a thorough and high-quality result. The above steps provide a basic outline of the process.

If your car needs respraying due to damage, a bodywork repair will need to be completed first.

Car respray in progress.

Paint

The most common type of paint used on modern cars is 2k acrylic enamel, which contains melamine. It offers a long-lasting finish and has damage-resistant properties. However, it also contains toxic substances, so protective safety measures must be taken during spraying.

Location

A spray booth or room will be used for the respray. These specialist areas have sophisticated ventilation systems designed to dilute airborne concentrations and retain the invisible paint mist that spreads across the room when the painting process begins.

Spraying

A good respray job requires a high-quality paint gun and an expert who is skilled at applying the paint evenly. Typically, paint is built up in coats with drying intervals between. Spray booths use heating to bake the final job or infrared to cure the paintwork, allowing the process to be completed much faster.

Car panel respray in progress.

How much does it cost to respray a car?

As mentioned at the beginning of this guide, according to our data, the average respray price is £975.61. Below is a table showing how prices vary between manufacturers.

Car makeAverage price
Alfa Romeo£1,259.97
Audi£956.18
BMW£969.31
Citroen£528.96
Fiat£913.61
Ford£950.95
Hyundai£551.30
Jaguar£768.19
JEEP£2,200
Kia£1,052.74
Land Rover£1,336.19
Lexus£801.92
Mazda£1,196.23
Mercedes£1,419.71
MINI£1,005.78
Mitsubishi£1,057.14
Nissan£754.46
Peugeot£695.29
Renault£422.86
SEAT£1,462.90
Subaru£1,737.78
Suzuki£635.88
Vauxhall£760.11
Volkswagen£697.59
Volvo£503.17

The above averages are based on quotes for respray jobs of various sizes. The best way to get an accurate estimate for your car is to request personalised quotes through FixMyCar.


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Written by Ellie

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Ellie is FixMyCar’s Content Writer. She has a BA in English literature from Durham University, a master’s degree in creative writing, and three years of experience writing in the automotive industry. She currently drives a Suzuki Swift.

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