How Much Is Paint Correction? What Goes Into a Paint Correction Service?

Updated: Jan 10

The Detail Doc gets asked this question all the time so we wanted to make some content helping address the question of, "How much is paint correction?"

Just like the question of how much is a ceramic coating, there are several factors that we have to take into account in determining how much paint correction will cost.

  1. The year, make, model, and color of the vehicle. Smaller, newer, and light colored vehicles tend to take less time and work. Larger, older, darker vehicles may require many many hours more due to their condition and size. Darker colored vehicles tend to take longer that lighter colored vehicles.

  2. The condition of the vehicle. If the vehicle has been taken to touch carwashes and brushes have been used to wash the vehicle then more paint correction will be needed. If the car has been hand washed and meticulously taken care of then it may not need nearly as much paint correction done.

  3. Your expectations for the paint correction. This is one of the most important factors that goes into pricing. If you want the best possible paint correction, the shiniest and most defect free surface then expect that a top notch service will come with a top notch price.

Paint correction takes many hours to do, not to mention the years of experience, the right tools, knowledge, and skills required to do the service correctly and with great results. These are all factors that must be considered when pricing a ceramic coating.

Just like with ceramic coatings there is no set industry standard for what a detailer should charge for paint correction. At the time of this posting the average cost for a single stage of paint correction is about $300-$400 for a small vehicle. A two stage correction averages around $600-$700 for a small vehicle. Similarly, a large vehicle that requires lots of paint correction can easily cost nearing $1500+ on just the correction.

Make sure you know what is going into your particular paint correction service, make sure your detailer has set clear expectations with the service, and most importantly make sure you trust your detailer.

If you would like further information regarding paint correction or pricing options for paint correction offered by The Detail Doc, please feel free to contact us.

Thanks for reading, Seth Vue

The Detail Doc, Ceramic Coating and Paint Correction Specialist for Bay City, Saginaw, and Midland, MI.


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