Complete Car Paint Job

What is a Complete Premium Car Paint Job?

A complete professional car paint job is when you want to repaint your entire car, not just a few panels, making it look new again.

Is your car’s paint looking like it needs more than just wax?

A complete quality paint job is your answer.

West Coast Body and Paint will help bring to life your car’s dull looking paint.  We can match any color or if you are feeling a little artistic, you can work with us to design your own custom paint color.   Our dependable paint shop uses the very latest computerized paint-matching software.  Your car will match precisely the finish and color you want.

Our professional auto paint technician has years of experience working with new and classic cars.  Our paint shop only uses the best quality paints and refinishing products like Sherwin-Williams and Transtar.

The Art of The Professional Paint Job

You might think that the car paint is a one-stage process but it actually takes several steps.  Every car paint job from complete car paint to touch up, require time, detail, precision, expertise, and professionalism.  Just take a look of a short list of things needed to get done for each job below.

Car Painting 101: Professionally Painting Your Entire Car

Our complete quality car paint job process.

Step 1. Car Surface Preparation

The first step to a high quality paint finish is a clean surface, our skilled painters make sure they work with a blank canvas.  In other words a flawless and clean surface.  We remove every speck of dirt, grease, sanding scratch, pinhole, and any other tiny blemish.  Your car’s surface is then prepared by thoroughly washing the surface with hot soapy water.  Finally the surface will receive a solvent cleaning with a special surface cleaner.

Why does the body of your car need to be free of any imperfections?

Because the body surface prior to paint application directly affects the outcome of how the car looks when it is done.  In other words, once the paint is applied, any imperfections will be magnified.  That is why we at West Coast Body and Paint do not cut corners, we take our time to do it right.

Step 2. Skilled Body Repair

A quality paint job begins with great body repair.  This is done in two stages, first dismantling and second body preparation.


When we do a complete paint job, we remove all of the exterior body, which might include:

  • anything else attached to the car’s body
  • badges
  • bumpers
  • door handles
  • emblems
  • exterior trim
  • grille pieces
  • headlights
  • key locks
  • license plates
  • mirrors
  • mudguards
  • radio antennas
  • rear lights
  • reflectors
  • trim pieces

By removing everything, this allows the paint to cover all your car’s body evenly, ensuring a quality and professional job.

Expert Body Preparation

Preparing the body of a car, is when the entire car is clear of any dents, dings, nicks, cracks or imperfections.  This is corrected by applying body filler, sanding the area until smooth, in a way that you are unable to see any scratches or know where the damage was originally at.

Step 3. Primer

Next we begin prepping your vehicle for primer.  Priming acts as a foundation, ensuring the smoothest and most durable base for the color application.  And even after your primer has been applied and cured a final sand is completed to avoid scratches on the color for step 4.

 Step 4. Primer Sealer

This step ensures a good high quality color hold on your car.

Step 5. Professional Paint Application

The paint process is as important as the quality of the paint itself.  Since there exists an infinite number of colors, mixing the correct shade for your car is a precise science.   To ensure a factory finish, our master paint technician mixes the colored base coat to match the vehicle’s color and spray the vehicle with the exact match.  Once we have your color ready it is time to apply the base coat then on to the next step, clear coat.

Step 6. Clear Coat

Clear coats also known as the top coat, act as a tough, flawless, clear finish formulated with UV protection to shield your finish as well as resist chips and scratches.  The clear coat restores your vehicle’s natural gloss finish to its factory appearance.

Step 7. Polish

This is almost the last step.  In this step, your car will go through six stages of sandpaper, then through four different buffing stages, utilizing two different buffing machines to get your car looking better than new.  The polish removes any blemishes left after painting leaving a perfect shine.

Step 8. Precise Part Replacement and Reassembly

Once the paint is dry it is time to put it all together, like the trim, grille, bumpers, emblems, badges, and other auto parts (as mentioned above).

Step 9. Auto Detail

Last step of the car paint process is to clean and wash, (if needed polish and wax) the exterior of the car.

How much does it cost to professionally paint your entire car?

The cost to paint your entire car depends on several factors. For one, we at West Coast Body and Paint are not a one-day shop, we are a superior professional paint shop.  We guarantee our work, from start to finish we do the job right and the quality reflects this.  If you are still wondering about one-day shops, read here.

Factors we consider before we reach an estimate are:

  • Condition of your car (does it need any body work, does it have dents or scratches)
  • Paint color (some colors are more expensive than others)
  • Paint quality you choose
  • Size of your vehicle

Our goal is to finish the job so that it look just like it left the dealer.  Read our reviews and view our before and after pictures.

“I would highly recommend West Coast Body & Paint. I had a few areas of bad paint peeling and fading on my 1996 Pontiac Firebird and now it looks like new. They perfectly matched the paint and the paint job was top notch. Jaider and the crew are not only experts but totally professional, really cool and have very reasonable pricing. They even managed to finish the job ahead of schedule! i will definitely be returning for any paint or body work in the future.”

-John A., 6/13/20

Thank you for taking the time to read this page.  

As of January 2022 we have some good news and some bad news…  

The BAD NEWS is we have moved out of our location and are in search of a new home for the West Coast Body and Paint shop.  

The GOOD NEWS is that we have a West Coast Body and Paint mobile paint repair service unit that will come to you!  The mobile paint unit provides auto services for minor body and  paint repairs.

Our estimates are free.  Once we receive your images we will provide you with an initial estimate.   The estimate is a ballpark figure, and after we assess your vehicle’s damage in person, we will review the estimate with you.  If you agree to the final estimate, we will begin repairing your car.  Fill out the form below or contact us through WhatsApp to request a quote.


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Where can you find a top-quality paint shop for a complete car paint job in Van Nuys and the Los Angeles area?

At West Coast Body and Paint in Van Nuys!  If you need a complete quality car paint job come by our body shop, give us a call 818.785.2639, text 818.793.7728, or email us for more information and to schedule an appointment for a free estimate.  We serve the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles area.