How Much to Paint a Car Roof

March 17, 2024

A new roof can be expensive, but painting your old one is far cheaper and can keep it looking brand new. Plus, it's more eco-friendly than replacing a metal roof. The price of paint will vary, depending on the color and type you choose and how much work needs to be done to prep the surface.

The surface area of the roof will influence how much paint is needed. A good rule of thumb is to multiply the length and width of the roof in feet, then divide that number by the coverage rate per gallon on the paint can you plan to use. If you're using a primer, that will reduce the coverage rate, too.

If you're going with a metallic paint finish, that will add to the cost. Pearlescent paint, which has ceramic flecks rather than metal ones, can cost even more. If you're considering adding a clear coat or other finish after the paint job, that will also increase the final price tag.

You'll also have to consider the extra materials needed for the job, such as drop cloths, tape, and a compressor. If you are planning to do the project yourself, these costs will cut into any savings. If you have a professional do the work, their overhead and markup will factor into the total cost. It's also worth remembering that a quality paint job takes time to complete properly. If you rush the job, it'll look sloppy and won't last as long.

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