2. After the paint and filler had been ground off with stripping pads, the damage from years on the road was evident. If the car was clean, the paintjob would have cost about $8,500–$10,000. That number includes disassembly of everything—primer, sanding, paint, polish, and reassembly. If the car is ugly, the cost to fix problems is about five hours of shop-rate time for a dent the size of your hand.