How Much Does it Cost to Paint an RV?
Painting an RV can be a costly decision for most. When it comes to painting, it’s usually done on older models that need to look new again.
How much does it cost?
- On average, the overall cost of a two-four color paint job on an RV is going to cost anywhere from as little as $5,000 to as much as $15,000 for a standard RV that is 30 or more feet long. The costs will depend on the length of the RV, the type of paint being used, the geographical location and the professional contractor you’re using.
- According to one person who shared his opinion in an online forum at RVforum.net, the average cost to paint an RV is around $8,000 to $10,000 for a professional job.
- Another person shared on forums.motorhomemagazine.com saying that his 36-foot coach was painted for $11,200. This includes five-color paint with four coats of Dupont Chroma Premier.
What is going to be included?
- RV painting can be expensive at a glance, but it involves a lot of considerations, such as the square footage of the area to be painted, the length of time to perform the job, the number of supplies required and the number of workers needed to perform the job.
- RV painting cost includes surface preparation, such as scraping, pressure washing, covering woodwork, outlets, and floor surfaces, protecting the customer’s property, removing external hardware, and other pertinent preparatory work.
- Before the job starts, the RV will be sanded, primed and then coated with up to three to five coats of paint on average. This paint will then be covered with a coat of finish to not only protect the paint job but also to provide that new-paint shine.
What are the extra costs?
- Expect to pay more for a multiple-color painting job.
- If a custom design needs to be made, additional fees can apply. Custom designs can include specific color schemes, designs such as shapes or stripes, or even pictures of some kind.
- Your RV can be personalized in many different ways. You can put your family name on it, or you can name the RV in the same way that people name boats. The people who are painting the RV can provide this service for an extra charge.
Factors that influence the price:
- Preparatory work bears much on the final pricing of an RV painting job. If the RV is in very bad condition and has a lot of rust or dents and dings, the price will be much higher than if the RV was well-cared for.
- The size of your motorhome is generally the main factor in pricing.
- The price of an RV paint job could also vary according to the number of colors you want, the painting contractor’s level of expertise, and the type of paint used.
Tips to know:
- Most often, the fading of a paint color can be caused by sunlight, pollution, salt, and abrasive cleaners.
- There is no scientific evidence to prove that certain paint colors fade faster than others.
- RV painting is just similar to painting a car; the only difference is its size. It takes special skill and equipment to the job because of this.
- Keep your RV in a garage to protect the paint of the vehicle. The external elements, especially at night, can cause a negative impact on the paint job.
How can I save money?
- Consider fiberglass over a full paint job. It will not absorb heat in the summer, its finishes are more resistant and it is so much cheaper, allowing you to save as much as $5,000 on a paint job.
- If it were not necessary, forgo graphics on your RV. But if it is a necessity on your RV, choose a high-quality custom vinyl graphic instead of the custom painted one.
- Weigh the cost difference between a DIY painting project and a professionally done painting job on your RV. Consider the time you have to spend in doing it yourself. Would it be worth it, or is it better to delegate the job to a professional painting contractor?
- With any sort of professional service, try your best to get at least three quotes. Most companies that paint RVs are more than happy to provide a good estimate over the phone.