Originally Posted by CarEXPERT
$5000 just for paint??! DAMN! are you serious?
Depending on quality and location, yes.
With no markup on paint, a good quality respray in a color like the Civic blue will have over $1000 in paint materials, $500 in primers, another couple hundred in sanding and masking supplies, and many, many hours of careful labor in prepping teh car. And that's if ther's no bodywork to be done.
Now, when I was doing paint jobs for a living, I could charge $1500 for a basic same color respray and $1800-2500 for a color change, but I wasn't making very much on labor. Usually a paint job like the one he's talking about would run closer to $3k in order to pay for the labor involved in doing it right. I didn't have a lot of overhead for my shop, and I made more in the repairs that led up to the repaint.