How Long Does a Car Paint Job Last?

Maintaining the paint on your vehicle is important for more than just aesthetic purposes on the Pickerington roads. In fact, the quality and longevity of your car paint job will influence your vehicle’s resale value and its protection from rust and oxidation. So, how long does a car paint job last? The paint on most vehicles today will remain intact for 10 to 15 years. However, a paint job lasts far less on vintage models, so that’s important to keep in mind. Learn more about how long car paint lasts on a car with Byers Collision Center, and then find out how much it costs and how long it takes to paint a car.



Factors That Influence How Long a Car Paint Job Lasts

How long does paint last on a car? That depends on a few factors, including:

  • Model Year: Vehicles from recent model years have paint made from urethane, which is ideal for reflecting UV rays and lasts for up to 15 years. Classic cars from 1960 and earlier have either acrylic lacquer or acrylic enamel paint, either of which will fade and crack due to sun exposure after five to 10 years.
  • Exposure to the Elements: Extensive sunlight and harsh weather conditions take their toll on a car paint job, causing damage and faster aging.
  • Type of Paint: As mentioned above, paint made from urethane lasts longer than acrylic lacquer or acrylic enamel paint. This largely has to do with the paint’s ability to block UV rays.
  • General Wear and Tear: Dings and dents on your car affect your car’s paint job. Over time, it may be necessary to fix the dents and scratches, which in turn may require a paint job.

Benefits of Professional Paint Jobs

When you schedule your car paint job with the professionals at Byers Collision Center, you avoid a number of risks associated with a DIY approach. For one, you may expose yourself to toxic chemicals, and for another, you may negatively impact the resale value of your vehicle, especially if you’re inexperienced in painting cars. Meanwhile, trusting the professionals promises peace of mind, safety, and quality. That is well worth the cost of a car paint job from our auto body repair shop near Gahanna.

Professional Car Paint Job Process

Curious about how to paint a car? Get a sense of the process that professionals follow below.

  1. Our experts first perform a thorough inspection to identify damage. This must be addressed before the painting process begins.
  2. Once serious dents and scratches are taken care of, they then sand the vehicle to the bare metal and clean it.
  3. They apply corrosion-resistant primer, allow it to cure, and sand and clean the body of the vehicle yet again.
  4. Now it’s time to paint. Several coats are applied, followed by a clear coat.
  5. Finally, our experts buff and polish the exterior of your vehicle.

Schedule Your Car Paint Job in Columbus

Get in touch with Byers Collision Center when you’re ready to explore your options for a car paint job near New Albany. Our team will provide you with an estimate before we get to work.


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