How Much Does It Cost to Paint a Tesla Model S?

The Tesla Model S is only available in a few colors, so what to do if those swatches don’t speak to our soul? How much does it cost to paint a Tesla Model S?
Written by Elaine Duvet
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
So you’re dying to give your
a fresh look, but you’re worried about the cost? We get it. Not only are Teslas expensive, but so is a custom paint job. 
, the
car ownership super app
, gives the latest scoop on Tesla’s paint color offerings, and how much it will cost to paint a Tesla Model S.

Layers on layers of paint

The Tesla Model S doesn’t offer drivers a ton of options when it comes to
paint colors
. You can choose between five colors: the included Pearl White Multi Coat, the $1,500 Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, and the $2,500 Red Multi Coat. 
It’s no wonder why buyers are scouring the internet to find the best custom paint options available. But if want to paint your Tesla pink or bright yellow, be prepared for a hefty price tag. And keep in mind that it can also negatively affect your Tesla’s resale value. 
For a quality exterior paint job, it will most likely cost at least $5,000 to paint a Tesla Model S—and another couple thousand if you ever want to remove it. Make sure you go to an experienced paint shop, as mediocre paint jobs can give owners bigger headaches in the future. 
Some owners opt for car wraps starting at $2,000 as a cheaper alternative. Not bad, assuming your Tesla doesn’t have any dents or imperfections, as a car wrap won’t be able to conceal it.
If you’re manufacturing Teslas in a state like California, strict laws and emission guidelines restrict the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOC) you can have in car paint. According to
Ultimate Window Tinting
, “This makes Tesla paint extremely soft and vulnerable to swirl marks, scratches, and scrapes.” 
It’s important to make sure your paint job has a paint protection film (aka a clear bra) to protect it from road debris, acid rain, bug splatter, and bird droppings. The clear film will also eliminate scratches and swirl marks with its heat-activated self-healing properties.
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New Tesla paint colors on the horizon

Earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company would be releasing two new paint colors from Gigafactory, Berin aka “the world’s most advanced paint shop.” 
In 2021, Tesla owners discovered paint colors Deep Crimson Multi Coat, Abyss Blue Multi Coat, and Mercury Silver Metallic in the app. 
Musk reiterated that Tesla has “to be careful with the total number of colors…we are going to make some special colors here, and it’s about more than the color itself, but the layers of paint in order to get the dimensionality,” Electrek tells us. 
The new colors are rumored to be first released on the
Tesla Model Y
. The anticipated Cybertruck is rumored to be available in Stainless Steel and Matte Black Stainless Steel colors.

A $40,000 Tesla paint job

If you’ve got money to burn, why not take inspiration from a breathtaking custom Tesla Model S P100D? “Dubbed the Zero TS, the modified Model S has been given a sporty makeover with a beautiful body kit finished in a $40,000 PPG paint job with a new Solar Gard film that protects the EV from dents and scratches,”
Car Buzz
tells us. 
The body kit gives the sleek and subtle EV a curvaceous performance look. The Zero TS was fitted with aggressive rear and front bumpers, with carbon fiber accents replacing chrome parts.
According to CarBuzz, “The Zero TS also features HRE wheels wrapped in Nexen tires and upgraded Brembo brakes. Inside, the custom cabin has been furnished in red European leather with diamond stitching covering almost every surface.”
The headrests were stitched with Zero to 60 Design’s logo, but otherwise, the seats pretty much look the same. The interior is even protected by the world’s top heat-rejecting film (blocking up to 65 percent of solar heat), Solar Gard's LX Series window film. If the upscale paint finish isn’t that important to you, you too can have this upgraded kit for $6,500.
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