How to Start an Auto Paint Shop

Do you think the auto paint shop business is for you? Do you have what it takes to start your own auto paint shop business? Are you interested in providing automobile services

If you are then here are a few tips to help you start your auto paint shop business.

Vehicle related businesses are probably one of the fastest growing businesses in the industry today. This is because automobiles have become a necessary tool in our modern, fast-paced world. A large chunk of the automobile business includes an automobile paint shop, more often seen together with other automobile services such as repair, detailing, cleaning and waxing. To help you get started in the world of automobile services here are a few things that you should consider.

Know the Auto Paint Shop Business

Putting on a coat of paint is not as easy as it sounds. It is a highly technical, skill based business that one needs to know and get acquainted with. It involves many techniques and many equipment to choose from. Any person looking to be successful in the auto paint shop business needs to acquire the basic knowledge and skill in auto painting. This may require you to get into special classes or even apprentice under an experienced auto painter. Getting the necessary training and experience is always the first step in starting your auto paint shop business.

Once you’ve acquired the necessary experience and skill in auto painting, you can now ask yourself what kind of auto paint shop business you want. Do you want to merely offer auto painting or would you like to offer other services such as detailing and auto repair? What kind of auto painting technique and equipment does your business offer? Do you want to just offer the usual and ordinary auto painting or can you do a more specialized, detailed and artistic painting on the automobile? What types of clients do you want and which age group do you want to consider? Answering these questions can help you learn more of what kind of auto paint shop business you want.

Finding the right location for your auto paint shop business

Once you’ve learned of what you really want your auto paint shop business to be, you can start looking into the best location for your auto paint shop business. This may depend largely on what your services offer. You may want to tie-up with other auto services business in your area so as to lure in more clients or you may want to start your business independently. Why not starting your auto paint shop business near a gasoline station or may be near a car shop? Also, remember to see to it that your building has enough ventilation and room so as not to suffocate you and your crew from the paint fumes. Following simple health and safety guidelines may go a long way in your auto paint shop business.


  • sonali garg said on September 6, 2009
    very good idea..
  • MARIUSZ said on October 27, 2009
    What about term and conditions? need any permissions to open my business?
  • quinton said on February 19, 2010
    My father is a spraypainter in a panelshop would it be viable for him to open such a business. He has 15 years experience in the trade and currently works with the new mixing equipment.
  • jade said on March 7, 2010
    here in mandaue cebu philipiness and the business is auto shop with mechanical and painter
  • april washington said on June 22, 2010
    I am located in greensboro, nc. I currently have a building on a pretty busy street. I am located right in front of a car lot and next to a rim shop. Perfect location. I have only worked for myself. I am not sure what I should pay other painters to work for me. Should I pay them commission only, or a base pay plus commission? Please advise
  • country said on February 14, 2011
    columbus ohio. north side. i was thinking of starting off out of my own garage from my home to undercut price of a shop then expand . Is that a bad ideal or is there any success story this way.
  • hobby man said on May 19, 2011
    Hampton Georgia, I currently paint cars out of my garage at home and do a great job doing it. I mainly get business through word of mouth, I paint them for 200 or 150 if they bring the paint. Its a nice side hobby that I enjoy doing on the weekend only down side is can only do one car at a time, looking for a small shop right now but don't really want to apply for business license and all that other stuff you need.
  • Roy said on September 21, 2011
    I am a one man gang in St pete fl. I put in a new paint booth and ready for anything. Call 727 488 1647. Registered with the state and doing everything right! Roys Paint Shop
  • Randy L.Cotton said on February 16, 2012
    Partner and I Started Ideal Auto Body Shop. In Decatur, Il. in 1976/Proprietaries. Were Mr.Randy L.Cotton and a Mr. Bruce E.Sain was registered in Il. but when I sold my tools & Equipment. Was put as silent partner when relocated to Hudson Fl. Have Journeymens License. will not allow me to climb ladders. started learning computers. Roy Call My Cell #727-815-5008
  • John Irwin said on December 10, 2012
    Portage, Pennsylvania, USA. I am currently unemployed without much hope of finding employment at my old regular job. I am currently considering starting an Auto Painting Business out of my home garage. I am experienced with this type of work and my garage is already set up to do this kind of work with the exception of a regulation paint booth. Id also have to obtain the necessary permits, find out about zoning laws ,etc. My plan is to not really do collision repair work, just to do repaints like on older faded or rusted vehicles. With so many people keeping or buying older vehicles now, I feel there is a need for this type of business. I'ld do panel replacement and paint work but not heavy crash repairs. Id also like to expand into selling tires, and doing brake and exhaust work later. I would offer low prices like the guy in Georgia and hopefully go on word of mouth and local advertisement. Is this a fantasy, or could it be a good idea?
  • Arlie P. Taladucon III said on August 24, 2013
    Hi. I want to have a business auto paint shop and car accessories shop here in Cebu what school or training center so that i have technical knowledge before i start my own shop?
  • Shyju said on September 6, 2013
    Please advise how to start auto paint shop in kannur, kerala state, India. Thanks
  • david yeager said on January 29, 2014
    i want to start an automotive paint business in palmyra, ind. what kind of computer experience do i need
  • Doni said on May 25, 2014
    I want to start new car painting shop kindly tell me what could be its expenditure. Is their any dealer who will give me any idea.
  • SUNIL S TAKALKAR said on August 25, 2014
    Sir, I am from Aurangabad, Maharashtra, I have space of 1500 sqft in the prime location/market place suitable for any type of Trading Business. I want any types of products on the Credit Terms, so that when the products will be sold, I will repay the payment of the goods. Please advise & help.
  • Gabriel said on September 18, 2018
    I just want to vent into the business, though I am an automobile engineer, but I need some enlightenment about this business and what the prerequisite, thank you. Gabriel from Nigeria
  • mukamba said on March 20, 2019
    I wanted to put up shop that sells auto paints, please advice on the location and management.


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