It cost about $50 to repaint a car
I am old enough to remember when … I could repaint my car for just under $50. Over the years I have had several cars in need of paint.
My memory is that the first car I painted in 1962 only cost about $35. I would go to the store and purchase enamel paint, thinner, sanding paper and masking tape. I then scuffed the car with a fine grade of sand paper. Next I used the masking tape to mask off the hardware, lights and windows with used newspapers. I used a cup-type sprayer and painted the car. Normally I sprayed on two coats. Once dry, we pulled off the masking tape and newspapers and let the car set overnight.
My wife and I could prep and paint our car in one afternoon.
With EPA issues causing havoc for paint, paint cost has skyrocketed. I recently paid more for a repaint of an antique pickup than the purchase price for the entire pickup when new.