How Much Does a RV Paint Job Cost?
An RV paint job is a way for all manufacturers make sure that their RV vehicles stand out among the rest. One of the primary things they usually do is to create a distinguishing beauty through its paint job. They spend a considerable amount of time to make sure that each unit comes out with a quality finish. There is, in fact, no hurried body-shop finishes in an RV painting job. Most often, it requires application of three different coats to come up with a beautiful finish. This finish can be done in a variety of colors and designs. Once you purchase the RV and use it, the paint job may begin to fade or maybe, over time and through years of use, an you may want to change the color of or refresh the paint of your vehicle for some reason or another.
How much does it cost?
- On average, the overall cost of a two-four color paint job on a 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.
- 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, number of supplies required in doing the painting project, 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. Pricing are many times given per foot.
- 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 much negative impact on the paint job of your RV.
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 against the elements and it is so much cheaper, allowing you to save as much as $5,000 on painting job.
- If it were not necessary, forgo graphics on your RV as it will affect the overall cost of painting job, even if you are going to apply an airbrushed design. 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.