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Here are Four Things to Consider When Changing Your Car Paint

If you want create a new look for your vehicle, then changing the car paint color can help you do just that. In fact you can create a seemingly new car just by changing the paint color on your vehicle. So, if by chance your car’s color is not exactly what you want, and you want to make changes, you should be aware of a few facts before rushing out and trying to find a job to do the work. The following list of facts about changing the color of your car’s paint can help you be more informed before taking the plunge.

1. Can Be Expensive

If you want to repaint your entire vehicle with a different color, you should be aware that the job can be expensive. Unless you are only looking for the cheapest of paint jobs.

2. Have to Remove Everything

In order to completely change the color of a vehicle, and to do it right, the paint shop performing the work will have to take everything out of the vehicle. For an extensive new car paint color, the engine will need to be removed as well as almost everything else. The seats, dash, console and even many pieces of trim may have to be removed so that the vehicle can be completely painted. This is one of the reasons why a better shop will charge more for painting a car with a new color. Cheaper shops usually omit this very important step and just paint what you can see on the outside.

3. Time Factor

In order to do a proper total car repaint, the current clear coat and paint must first be removed. If the vehicle has dents or other imperfections, these must be sealed and then smoothed out. Properly preparing a vehicle for a total repaint requires a lot of sanding and other prep work. The paint shop will first need to remove wax and clearcoat, and then scuff up the old painted surface before shooting the car with a quality primer. In some cases, the shop will use two or three coats of primer to ensure that the old color will not bleed through to the new paint.

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4. Resale

The decision on whether or not to change the color of your car during a repaint should depend a lot on what car or truck you own and what it’s worth. The value of your vehicle can be greatly affected by any repaint, but a color change can really swing the resale value in a direction. Unfortunately this direction is usually negative. No matter how ugly your color was to begin with, a repaint with color change will almost never increase the value of the car. In the case of higher dollar or antique vehicles, the value can suffer as much as 20 percent! Another consideration is how long you plan to keep the vehicle. If you’re in it for the long haul, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your new paint job without worrying about the value of the vehicle. If you plan to sell or trade it in soon, you may want to suffer through the original color a little longer. All this being said, if your vehicle isn’t especially valuable — which could very well be the case considering your paint is so shot — you may want to go for it.

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