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How much does it cost to paint a truck?

I have a beat-up old truck that I want to get painted and give to my nephew. How much does it cost to paint a truck?

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Bonnie Stinson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
What a lucky nephew! It could cost between $500 and $5,000 to paint a truck.
That’s a pretty broad range, we know. The price will depend on how serious the job is, how much sanding is required, and how much your local body shop charges. In major cities, costs are generally higher, for instance.
If you are willing to attempt a DIY job, make sure you have the skills to sand, tape, paint, finish, and remove the windows. You could save money—but you might end up with unattractive overspray if you make a mistake. You could always just remove the scratches and call it a day.
Let’s assume you want to hire a trained professional.
A skilled paint job can involve as many as 24 coats. It may also require specialized paints and finishes, depending on where you live. For example, do you need rust removal and UV protection?
Here’s a breakdown of what you could expect to pay for a professional job:
  • Basic ($300 - $1,000) - Synthetic paint with minimal coats, not usually applied to unseen areas like beneath the hood
  • Standard ($1,000 - $4,500) - Sanding and rust repair followed by several coats
  • Showroom quality ($5,000 +) - Completely sanded down to bare metal, rust repair, multiple coats over four weeks
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Good luck with the paint job!
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