Are you wondering how much it costs to paint a bumper?
You’ve come to the right place!
In this ProPaintCorner.com guide, you’ll learn:
- The typical cost of DIY painting a bumper
- How to save money when painting a bumper
- How much it usually costs to hire a professional vs to do it yourself for painting a bumper
- The estimated cost of labor and supplies to paint a bumper
And much more!
So, if you want to learn how much you should plan on spending to get your bumper painted, then keep reading for all our tips and insights below!
How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Bumper?
Let's be honest, it's not always easy to keep your vehicle in mint condition.
Driving in the city and even off-road in the countryside will cause your bumper's paint to chip off, and who knows, you might even need to replace your bumper at some point in the life of your vehicle - that's normal.
And when your bumper does need to be replaced, the chances of it being the correct color or pretty slim because new bumpers are generally shipped without paint.
Average Cost To Paint A Bumper If You Do It Yourself?
If it's not broken, the average cost of doing it yourself when painting your bumper shouldn't cost you more than a hundred dollars.
Typically, you'll have to remove the bumper for a successful paint job, and on newer vehicles, this might involve disconnecting fog lights, radar sensors, airbag sensors, and other electrical connections to completely remove the bumper from the frame.
Average Cost To Paint A Bumper If You Hire a Professional Company?
Hiring a professional company will cost more than doing it yourself, but if you have a nice car, it's worth giving it to the right professional for the job.
Why? Because you could damage electrical connectors or even the bumper itself when removing it if you don't have any experience.
Plus, automotive painting isn't like painting walls. It takes a bit more prep work, a closed environment, and also 3 different coats if the bumper has never been painted before, including:
If the bumper is brand new, it may need to be primed with an automotive primer. The typical cost for primer is ~30/quart, however, you'll only need about half of that to cover a bumper.
The base coat is the colored paint that matches(or doesn't match) the rest of the vehicle, and its price depends on quality and specific color.
The clear coat is what protects the paint job from scratching, and it also gives it an attractive transparency.
Try an affordable spray paint gun like this one when looking to easily paint a vehicle with a professional finish.
How To Estimate The Cost To Paint A Bumper?
When approaching painting your bumper yourself, there are a few things you'll need to have on hand and do before you get started to get the best results.
Painting a bumper correctly requires that you remove the bumper from the vehicle.
This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours depending on your automotive experience and the difficulty of the specific vehicle you are working on.
Here are the supplies you'll need:
- Sandpaper (starting with 80 grit and finishing with a smooth 200 grit) ~$5
You'll need to wet sand your bumper beforehand to give it a smooth finish after it's painted.
- 1 pint of basecoat and 1 pint of clear coat enamel paint (aerosol spray paint cans work too) ~$20-$40
The total maximum cost of money for painting your bumper yourself should be under $60.($20 for primer, $20 for basecoat, and $20 for clearcoat)
An auto body repair shop will give you a quick estimate based on the quality of your vehicle, and the difficulty of bumper removal.
A bumper paint job typically takes a professional 2-3 hours to complete, and auto body shops charge each job by labor hours.
Chain auto body shops like Maaco charge anywhere from ~$50-$100 for labor, so if materials cost around $50, plus 2 hours of labor, you will be paying a minimum of $150 for your bumper to be painted by a professional as compared to a cheap parking lot job.
Estimated Cost To Paint Per Square Foot?
If the average car width is about 6 feet, and the bumper is about a foot tall, then that means a bumper is about 6 square feet.
DIY Cost Per Square Foot
You'll need at least a pint of paint to paint up your bumper plus another pint of clear coat.
The type of paint you use should be auto paint, and more specifically you should match it up with the paint color code which can be found somewhere inside the driver's side door.
If the average cost is $40 for materials, you'll be paying $6-$7 per square foot for DIY bumper paint.
Professional Cost Per Square Foot
If the average cost for painting a bumper is $150-$300 then that means a cheaper quality paint job will cost $25/square foot, and a more expensive luxury car paint job will cost about $50/square foot.
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Estimated Cost of Paint For A Bumper?
You'll need at least 1 pint of base coat and 1 pint of clear coat for an impressive bummer paint job.
So if you purchase something like this 1 quart can of Duplicolor automotive paint you might have enough color coat for both bumpers and even the quarter panels at a cost of around $20, but then you'll want to apply a clear coat like this Duplicolor version afterward.
In this scenario, you have purchased enough paint for both bumpers for ~$40.
That's realistic, but if you want to purchase the exact color to match the paint color code on your vehicle, you may be paying more.
Or, if you are using spray paint, you'll want about 2 cans of both clear coat and 2 cans of base coat.
Paint cost for a bumper in good condition should cost you under $50. You might spend a little more on sanding materials or tools and products for removing small dents with products like bondo.
Estimated Cost of Labor For A Bumper?
Labor costs for painting a bumper depends on the quality of the vehicle, and the difficulty of bumper removal.
Easier bumpers, like a Honda or Toyota will probably be charged for less labor time (like 2 or 3 hours, for example) while luxury vehicles like BMW and Mercedes might be charged for 4 hours of labor due to the headache it might take to get the bumper off safely.
A damaged bumper from a car accident will also ramp up the labor cost.
First of all, you might have to purchase a brand new bumper and other parts of the car bumper like fog lights, ambient temperature sensor, etc. which could range up into the thousands depending on your vehicle make.
How To Save Money When Painting A Bumper?
Don't Remove The Bumper
Sure, if you have a classic or valuable vehicle, then you are going to want to paint the bumper the right way.
But what about that economy car that serves you for getting to work in the morning? You could get away with simply masking off the hood/trunk, and painting it without the hassle of removing sensors.
Use A Spray Paint Can
You don't necessarily need to use the same paint color match that is associated with the color code.
Spray paint is an easy way to paint the entire bumper without having to pull out the air compressor and paint spray gun.
Avoid The Paint Shop
Our opinion here at Pro Paint Corner is that you should only hire a professional for the job if the insurance company is involved, or if your vehicle will depreciate in value without a professional look.
For all of you who own commuter cars, junker cars, and other vehicles that are quickly depreciating in value our advice to you is paint it yourself!