How to Compare Auto Paint Prices

by Cheryl Starr

When comparing auto paint prices, there are many factors to consider and your budget is only one issue. What you expect from the paint job is an important factor in the type of paint to choose. The type of car to be painted also should be taken into consideration. You don't want to use the incorrect paint for a specific car simply because the price of the paint is less. Comparing paint prices is not as difficult as it might seem.

Consider a high-grade automotive enamel if you are seeking a paint that will be durable. This will be the less expensive option

Choose a durability plus catalyzed enamel if you are wanting a paint that is resistant to weather extremes, chemicals and road conditions. This paint is a step up in price, but still a good value for more performance from the paint.

Purchase single-stage polyurethane with sealer if you want superior resistance to the sun's ultraviolet rays. At its website, MAACO says that this paint is a good choice for great long-term performance and value, and especially for light metallic finishes. (See Reference 3)

Choose base coat clear coat urethane if you are seeking a paint that has a two-step application process with a base coat and a clear coat. This duplicates the factory paint job. This choice does well on metallic finishes and is durable. This is the most expensive paint option.

Compare exterior auto paint prices online and at automotive paint stores in your area. Purchased paint ati local auto body shop or online at reputable online such as Sherwin-Automotive online (See Reference 4), TCP Global (See Resource 1) or at MAACO (See Reference 3).

Consider color choices by talking to a sales representative about what color might be best for your make, model and year of car. On the TCP Global website, (See Resource 1), there is a library where you can select your car's make, year and color and view a color chip.


  • Paint can cost between $100 to more than $500, and even as high as $1,000.

About the Author

As a former elementary school teacher, Cheryl Starr now writes full-time from Missouri. Her work has appeared in various magazines, including "Teachers of Vision," "Insight" and "Highlights." She is currently writing a novel and a devotional book. Starr studied elementary education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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