Compact-Size: $300 to $800 and up
Mid-Size: $400 to $1000 and up
Full-Size: $500 to $1200 and up
XL-Size: $600 to $1400 and up
1: A white Toyota Camry may require a single stage polish and removal of a couple of scratches followed with a coat of sealant.
5 hours times $65 per hour = $325
A single-stage on older paint removes some fine defects and some swirls
= 55% improvement overall
2: A brand new BMW X5 is booked in for a ceramic coating. Most new vehicles have wash scratches form the dealership and therefore require at least a single stage polish before applying a ceramic coating.
6 hours times $65 per hour = $390
A single-stage on new paint removes fine defects and most swirls
= 85% improvement overall
3: Black Ram 1500 with bush scratches requires a two-stage cut polish to reduce the visibility of scratches and improve the paint reflection.
8 hours times $65 per hour = $520
Two-stage removes swirls and most moderate defects but not deeper scratches and extensive marring
*The two-stage polish is usually the most effective correction method for most vehicles*
=65% to 85% improvement
4: A one-year-old Red Mustang GT with extensive scratches and marring requires a three-stage cut polish to repair the paintwork instead of repainting the whole vehicle. Some spot wet sanding may be required.
16 hours times $65 per hour = $1040
A three-stage begins with heavy compounding to cut out most deep scratches and defects, then removes all swirls, and finishes to a near-perfect reflection
= 95% or better correction.
5: 1972 Chevy Nova with a freshly cured coat of paint and clear coat. Removal of orange peel, paint runs and nibs may require extensive wet sanding and cut polishing to correct.
More than 32 hours (4 days) of sanding and polishing may be required
32 hours times $65 per hour = $2080
40 hours times $65 per hour = $2600
Wet sanding will be billed at a flat base rate plus hourly of $65 on top
For example, 32 hours at $65 ($2080) then $65 per hour for any work required beyond the 32 hours.
The number of polishing stages depends on the condition of the paint, the customer's budget and expectation, and how the customer uses the vehicle. Most vehicles, including new vehicles, require at least one stage of polishing or multi-stage paint correction to create a perfect paint reflection before a sealant, wax or ceramic coating is applied. The correction will be charged according to the paint condition, vehicle size, and the customer’s request and expectations. In some cases, wet sanding and paint touch-up may be required.
We use quality tools like the Rupes LHR 21 to polish without installing buffer trails or holograms.