One of the most commonly asked questions is “How much does a candy paint job cost?”

It’s impossible to predict a candy paint job cost. With a lot of variables, such as size of the vehicle, type of clear you’re going to use and the condition of your vehicle. Rest assured we’re here to help you get this answer because you deserve to have a candy paint job that lasts forever.

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The common materials needed are:


This is going to seal the car, providing a surface for all layers to adhere to.

Shop Primer


To reduce the primer, base and possibly the candy to make it sprayable.

Shop Reducer

Base Coat

Your metallic or pearl base coat that provides the sparkle/shimmer under your candy layer.

Shop Base Coats


Your transparent color that provides the end color while giving you the depth.

Shop Candy

Clear Coat

The last layer. To protect that valuable paint job.

Shop Clear

If you ask Google “how much for a candy paint job?” the first result is from Quora telling you “It is expensive. Really expensive.”

With Cande Shop products, this is simply not true. In fact, for a mid-size sedan or SUV, you can get all the materials for under $1050. There’s factory color base coats out there that cost more than that.

As you can see we aren’t here just to help you learn about your candy paint job cost, but also to save you money on an exceptional paint job.

How long does candy paint last?

This depends upon the brand you’re using & how long the car is out in the sun. Cande Shop candy paint has premium UV resistance, giving you 5+ years of outstanding color. Longer life is possible with better care.

How do you protect candy paint?

Top coat it with a high solids clear followed by a regular routine cleaning using a soap without wax in it. Parking the vehicle under shelter will extend the life as it will protect it from the harmful UV rays.

How many coats of candy paint do you apply?

With Cande Shop candy paint, you can do this with 2-3 coats. With brands like House of Kolor, SEM or Matrix, you’ll want to apply 4 coats or more depending upon the color & how dark of a color you want.

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