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How Much Does it Cost to Paint a Truck in 2020?

Painting a truck gives you the chance to rejuvenate the look or try out a different color altogether. Besides choosing a color, one of the biggest things to consider is the cost to paint a truck before getting started. While we can’t tell you exactly what it cost to paint a truck, we can help you ballpark your answer. 

Professional Painting or DIY

The biggest consideration to make when evaluating the cost to paint a truck is whether you want to do it yourself or pay a professional. Of course, going to a professional costs more, but it’s likely you’ll receive a showroom quality finish. If you have the tools, patience and skill, you could attempt the paint job yourself. This not only saves you money but gives you a project to enjoy. The one time we don’t recommend painting a truck yourself is when you require the finish to be collector’s quality. Then, it’s best to bite the bullet and seek help from a professional. To get that durable, high-gloss finish you crave, they might need to apply more than 20 coats of paint.

Cost to Paint a Truck Professionally

If you choose to go the professional route, you have some different levels of service available to you. Basic Service – This involves a few coats of paint and is the most inexpensive option. They use synthetic enamel and will only take care of visible areas. You can expect to pay between $500 and $1,000 for most basic services. Standard Service – This often includes sanding and removing any rust before beginning the paint job. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 depending on how much work needs to be done. Showroom Quality Service – This involves taking the bodywork to bare metal with sanding. Then, they remove any dents and rust. After that, the shop applies high-quality paint in numerous coats. These projects might consume a month of time and cost up to $20,000.

Cost to Paint a Truck Yourself

If you drive an old truck, it might not make sense to have a professional paint it. To keep the costs down, it’s wise to consider doing it yourself. The materials you need are readily accessible. Make sure you purchase:
  • Paint (or Durabak for maximum protection)
  • Primer
  • Masking tape
  • Foam brushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint trays
  • Mineral spirits
One of the main things you need to consider is where you’ll paint the truck. Because you don’t have a climate-controlled booth, you need to evaluate your location’s dirt and dust content. The best place you could paint is in a well-ventilated, clean garage.

Final Thoughts

Prior to making any commitment, you want to fully consider the cost to paint a truck. If you choose to go professionally, you’ll want to receive multiple quotes and evaluate the shops’ reputations. If you prefer to tackle this project on your own, we can’t recommend Durabak enough. Not only is it a cost-effective option, but it protects your truck from UV rays, rust and scratches. If you want to see how simple it is to paint the exterior of a truck with Durabak's truck bed liner paint, just check out this YouTube video from a customer that did it himself. Contact us today and let us help you improve the appearance of your truck.


  • I’d like to get an estimate on how much it would cost to paint my doo doo brown truck gun metal grey?

    Lee morrow
  • Hi I was wondering how much you charge to paint at gmc cheyenne 91 v6

    Juan chavez
  • Need to know the price on painting my 1988 Chevy chienne truck matted white got one qoute for 799.00 from Ricks what can you do

    Reco Rutland

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