Car clear coat repair cost

f you need car paint repair for your vehicle, you should be aware of what prices are for common types of paint damage or scratch repair jobs. Whether you need to a have a total repaint due to a collision or simply need to have a paint touch up because of a few scratches, having an idea of what the job will cost you is always helpful.

Total Repainting Jobs
There may come a time that you need to repaint your entire vehicle. You may choose to paint the vehicle the same color, or you may ask for a totally new color. There are many paint shops that can paint your car for you as well as many types of paint that can be used to do the job.

While the price you pay for a total repaint will depend on many variables, such as the shop that does the work, the quality of paint and the amount of preparation work involved, it is possible to provide a ballpark estimate of what you can expect to pay.

Economy Paint Jobs
Repaint jobs done by shops like Earl Scheib or Maaco will usually run you between $250 and $400. For this price, you can expect a repaint of your vehicle for all visible areas. However, these types of economy paint jobs usually don’t include hidden areas such as the interior engine area or inside the trunk. Economy paint jobs usually are done with cheaper brands of one stage paint. One stage paint is usually an enamel based paint and does not come with a clear coat protectant.

Custom Total Repaint Jobs
If you want to have your vehicle totally repainted and want to have better quality paints used for the work, you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $5,000. For this price, you can expect to receive a paint job that involves painting the entire vehicle (not just visible areas), and can expect quality brand name paint to be used. These types of paint jobs will usually be done in two coats: the first is a base coat and the second is a clear coat that offers more protection for the paint finish.

Accident Damage Painting
If your vehicle is involved in an accident, you may only need to have a particular area repainted. Typically, fender benders will usually require the repaint of a bumper, a car door or maybe even a quarter panel. Here is a list of prices you can expect to pay for painting areas commonly damaged in an accident:

Bumper painting — $150 to $300
Door repaint — $100 to $500
Painting of a quarter panel — $150 to $750
Hood painting — $200 to $1,000
Minor Paint Repairs
If you need to repair paint damage caused by minor scratches, you could take your vehicle to a paint repair shop and spend about $100 to $200 to have the work done. However, you can usually do the work yourself and save a lot of money. If you purchase an auto paint pen or paint touch up kit from the dealership, you can usually complete the work in a couple of hours and spend only about $30 or $40 for the entire job.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our customers at Lindsay Collision Center here in Springfield Virginia is, “What is the price to fix the peeling clear coat of paint on my car?” Before I throw a number at you let me explain a little bit about what the problem is.

What is peeling clear coat?

Our paint salesmen and other body shops in Springfield call it “Paint delamination” because what is happening is the clear coat layer is actually flaking off of the basecoat below it. If it’s ever happened to you, then you know how frustrating it can be to look at every day.

Starting in the 1990’s car manufacturers started painting their cars with a two stage painting system. The first layer of paint is called the base coat, and then layers of clear coat were sprayed on top of the base coat. This allowed for a much deeper gloss with less paint than the previous single stage urethanes produced.

Why does clearcoat peel?

Even though the paint is a solvent based chemical and the clear coat should bond to the base coat, it can become compromised by something as simple as a scratch or nick and then over time, water, ad lots of sun like we get here in Springfield, the clear coat starts to become chalky and cloudy and then begins to flake.

Sometimes poor quality repaint jobs are to blame. For example if the car has ever had any auto body work done or paint work done , the repainted areas could be peeling. Usually when tis happens it is because of a bad preparation problem from the person doing the painting.

So how much does it cost to fix peeling clearcoat right here in Virginia?

The short answer is anywhere from $500 to $10,000. But let me give you the parameters that determine the actual price to fix your peeling clearcoat for our particular market here in Springfield Virginia.

Amount of clearcoat that is peeling:

Small Areas on one panel

If you only have a small area of delamination, there is a chance that we can contain the problem by fixing just that one panel, which would save you some money. Price- $500-1,000.

Multiple peeling clearcoat spots

If you have multiple clusters of spots on several different panels, we will need to determine the best course of action. Delamination does tend to affect an entire vehicle over time, due to conditions in the environment. Price estimate $1500- $5,000

The whole car is peeling

When this happens it is usually due to defects in the paint. In situations like these it’s usually best to repaint the entire vehicle.

Multiple coats of peeling paint

We can usually sand down the clear coated area and spray over top of the base coat. However if this has gone on for a long time and the base coat is compromised, or if your paint problem extends into layers beneath the clear coat, then the repair could require more hours and materials, since it would include a greater surface area to sand and more complicated paint-matching. All of this would factor into the cost of your paint repair and bump you into the over $5,000 area

Auto Body Damage to the panels.

Most shops won’t simply re-spray clear coat over dented panels no matter how much you beg. Its just bad for business, and we won’t be able to guarantee the paint job. So if you have additional auto body damage along with the peeling clearcoat, you can expect to pay for the damage repair. You might as well anyway since we will have your car for a couple of days and we will be painting it, why not get those dents fixed at the same time. Price $10,000 or more but you could file an insurance claim or use you collision.

For a free estimate for your clearcoat repair in Springfield Virginia call us here at Lindsay Collision Center or use the schedule an appointment tool here on and make an appointment to get a free estimate to see exactly what your repair costs will be.

If your car’s paint ever becomes unsightly due to delamination or any other problem, bring it in to us and we can have it looking beautiful again in no time.