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I Can't Decide Whether to Paint My Car Myself or
Hire an Auto Body Shop...Please Help.
This Article is for YOU.

Besides questioning which car paint color to paint your car or truck, possibly the biggest question you can ask yourself is, "Should I paint my car myself or hire an auto body shop to do the work for me?"

For me, XXXXXXXXX, the decision to paint my car was easy; I didn't want to claim the cost of the repairs back from my car insurance company and therefore loose my zero claims bonus nor did I want to hire an auto body shop and pay their sky-high repair prices.

It was obvious to me that if I was to paint my car myself, I could save a fortune overall on repair bills.

Before you make a start on your paint job and possibly get into a little difficulty, we suggest that you first find out what your choices are and what they will cost you.

If you wish to have your daily vehicle painted, but you find that you don't have the proper car painting equipment or more importantly the necessary time, you may be far better off to have the work done by a reputable auto body shop.

If your heart is not in your paint job, your end result will show this to be the case.

However, whether it is your daily vehicle or a project vehicle you may be planning to work on, by reading this page, you must have at least a more than uncertain interest in learning how to paint a car.

If you are willing to purchase, rent or even borrow the proper car painting equipment (for paint application and for safety) and give yourself the time and work area to make your investment worthwhile, we highly encourage you to give this a go.

Whether your project consists of straightening or replacing a panel, painting rims or a complete car respray and color change, to paint your car through your own creativity to a high level will no doubt greatly boost your self-confidence and esteem.

Again, before you dive in, consult with those in the industry at auto paint stores and at your local auto body shop to get a better feel for what your specific paint job will involve.

In addition to giving yourself that welcome confidence boost, to paint your car alone or with the help of friends will enable you to save up to 90% on auto body shop labor charges.

Indeed, this was the single most important reason why we developed LearnAutoPainting.com ; we wanted to make it possible for anybody to learn how to paint a car to a professional level and therefore save a fortune on repair bills.

Discussing your project with a Professional Auto Painter

Automobile owners with little knowledge of auto painting are often surprised at the cost of a quality paint job and why one auto body shop can paint cars for as little as $99.95 while another might charge around $6,000 or more for an extremely high quality paint job.

There is no real limit for the price of a paint job, as the labor involved will vary greatly, depending on what you need to have done.

Be expected to pay around $50-55/hour just for labor at an auto body shop and with this in mind I think you can now understand why some places charge less than others; they spend far less time making sure they do a great job for you.

Always remember that you will get what you pay for. An auto body shop who specializes in cheap paint jobs cannot afford to spend a lot of time preparing or masking your car.

Their business relies purely on the volume of cars that they can get through each week. Obviously, the more cars they paint, the more money they will make. Therefore, sanding and masking work is minimal.

Close inspection of vehicles that have been repainted by inexpensive auto body shops generally reveals overspray throughout the repair area such as on emblems, badges and window trim all thanks to minimal masking.

Rough surface areas may receive a quick once over with sandpaper, but extra time cannot be allocated for thorough sanding and feathering requirements.

Inexpensive auto body shops are forced to buy their supplies in bulk quantities. Color choices are usually limited to the colors on hand in 55-gallon barrels.

Shops like these will even buy out paint manufacturers' supplies of discontinued colors at huge discounts. They then pass this saving on to their customers.

A High Quality Auto Body Shop

An auto body shop that specializes in overall quality and customer satisfaction is vastly different from such high-volume shops.

You will have to pay a lot more for their service, simply because they will take far longer and far greater care over your vehicle. The end result will be a high-quality, durable and long lasting paint job.

All exterior accessories will be removed, including the bumpers and grille. Masking will be complete and the work required after spray painting will be accomplished professionally.

The amount of prep work involved is what raises the price of an automotive paint job. This prep work is what characterizes the final quality and longevity of the paint job too.

It is very important to remember this whether you are planning to paint your car or hire a professional.

Finding a professional auto paint shop with a reputable track record should not be too difficult. Word of mouth recommendations are generally reliable.

Try talking to fellow car enthusiasts, a local detailer or your local mechanic.

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