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How much does it cost to paint a car door?

Updated February 21, 2017

Car paint jobs are notoriously expensive. This is largely because automotive paints are relatively expensive, but body-shop labour costs can be a big part of the price as well. One method of avoiding the high cost of getting a brand-new paint job is to spot repair or simply paint one vehicle panel. The costs associated with doing so are far less than what it costs to repaint the entire car.

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Spot repairing is a cost-effective method and is far cheaper than repainting a whole car door. But, in many instances it isn't a good fix, and it generally doesn't provide the same quality of appearance. This article will discuss the costs associated with painting a car-door panel.


When painting a car-door panel, you can choose DIY painting (do-it-yourself) or painting by professionals at a bodyworks garage. Generally, DIY painting is cheaper because there are no labour costs. But the cost of specialised equipment and available volume of paint may make DIY painting prohibitive for some people.


Several factors help determine the actual price of painting a car-door panel. The size of the panel is one of the most important factors. Bigger doors require more paint and time; therefore they cost more to paint. The type of paint is another important facet of the price. Some paint types are more expensive, especially custom paints and those found on luxury vehicles. Finally, the desired paint job can greatly influence the price. Those who are repainting a damaged door with a custom paint job of some kind can expect to pay far more than those who are using standard paint with no special designs.

Expert Insight

Although the price for painting a car door can vary wildly, in most cases the cost will be somewhere between £195 and £780. The majority of normal cars with standard paint jobs will cost between £260 and £455, but larger vehicles and those with special paint can cost more. Those painting the door on their own can probably slash at least 35 to 50 per cent off of the cost by eliminating labour. Also, be aware that car dealerships generally charge more than bodyworks garages. It is argued by some, however, that dealers do a better job and know the vehicles better.


Even though it will definitely save you money in the short term, it isn't recommended for people without expertise to attempt to paint their car door on their own. If you make a mistake in a DIY auto painting project, you will likely have to take the car to a bodyworks garage to have the mistake corrected, eventually costing more than it would have to just let the professionals paint it for you in the first place. Be sure to honestly evaluate your own abilities before attempting any repairs to your car and make sure that it's really worthwhile to take the risks associated with doing so.

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About the Author

A legal clerk and law school student at The Thomas M. Cooley School of Law who lives in southeastern Michigan and holds a bachelor's degree in English from Western Michigan University. Geoffrey has over a decade of experience working as a freelance writer and has completed hundreds of articles during that time.

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