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For the achievement in GTA San Andreas, see Pay 'n' Spray.

A Euros parked in front of Pay 'n' Spray near Wang Cars in San Fierro.

Pay 'n' Spray is a spray shop/garage in which vehicles can be mended, repainted and have the engine repaired. It serves three main functions: to repair a vehicle, to change the paint color, and subsequently allow the player to lose wanted levels. Pay 'n' Spray has been featured in all Grand Theft Auto games except GTA 2 and GTA V (each bearing their own shops, the former offering Max Paynt and the latter Los Santos Customs).

Vehicle Repair

Driving a damaged vehicle into a Pay 'n' Spray will repair all bodywork damage the vehicle has received, and will also respray the color of the car to a new one, although a few vehicles are only repaired. However, emergency vehicles cannot be driven into a Pay 'n' Spray, as the player will receive variations of the messages "WHOA! I don't touch anything THAT hot!" or "No way man! I don't touch those!” or even simply "They're not gonna respray THAT." The only exceptions to this are the VCPD Cheetah, almost every FBI vehicle (such as the FBI Washington in GTA Vice City or the FBI Car in GTA III, which is re-sprayed from black to gray), and the Ladder Truck in GTA San Andreas. In addition, bicycles in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories also cannot be resprayed at Pay 'n' Spray, with the message being "I don't do toys!".

Wanted Level Reduction

Pay 'n' Spray allows the player to rapidly lose any wanted level. Visiting a Pay 'n' Spray after incurring a wanted level results in a gradual reduction in police attention. In GTA III, the full wanted level will immediately clear up, but in the other games, during this probationary time period (where wanted stars flash), if any crimes are committed, the full wanted level will be immediately reinstated. In GTA IV and GTA: CW, the player can only enter a Pay n' Spray when they are out of sight of the police.


In all games, respraying an undamaged or lightly damaged vehicle is often free of charge, while respraying significantly damaged vehicle costs money. Additionally, when the player is taught how to use Pay 'n' Spray in introductory missions, the visit would be free of cost.


The paint shop has a wide range of colors available, but the player may not choose which color the vehicle is being re-sprayed. In certain cases, particularly with special vehicles, the color will not change, but the police will no longer recognize the vehicle as if it had. In GTA San Andreas, custom paint jobs received from mod garages will not be removed. In GTA IV, the color is determined by the player's "favorite car color", as shown in the game stats.

Right after the vehicle is repaired, the player can receive a re-spray free in GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas, GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories. If the player drives the repaired car out and back into Pay n Spray, the car receives a re-spray, and the message shows up, "Respray is complementary" or "Hope you like the new color." The messages can also be seen if the player drives an undamaged car without a wanted level into Pay 'n' Spray.


From the 3D Universe games, the respray and subsequent repair of a vehicle is near instant. However, from the HD Universe games, it will advance time by three hours, except in multiplayer, where it is free and immediate, and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (where it only takes two in-game hours) . It should be noted that if the player has arranged an activity with a friend or asking a girlfriend, going to a Pay 'n' Spray will result in missing the activity/date.


GTA (1997 game)

  • San Andreas:
    • West Glen Wood
    • South West Marina
    • Sout East Sunview
    • East Telephone Hill
    • Central Woodside
  • Vice City (the shops are been known as Al's Paint Shop):
    • South Banana Grove
    • South West Felicity
    • North East Greek Heights (unmarked on maps)
    • South West Little Dominica
    • North Vice Shores

GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories

GTA Advance

GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Los Santos

San Fierro

Las Venturas

Red County

Tierra Robada

Bone County

GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City

GTA Chinatown Wars


  • Pay 'n' Spray could be a take of the phrase "Spray and Pray", which is a common expression of a execution-style killing or a full on merciless gun battle, specifically the action of shooting not for accuracy but just in the hope that the bullets will hit at least one target.
  • If a Sea Sparrow is flown into a Pay 'n' Spray in the original PS2 version of GTA Vice City, wheels will be added to to the pontoons. The only garage big enough to fit such aircraft is the spray'n'go in the Sunshine Autos complex.
  • Sometimes, a glitch may occur in GTA IV where only one panel on the car gets resprayed, although the vehicle is repaired as normal.
  • Taking a Banshee, Cavalcade, Dukes, Infernus, PMP 600, Bullet GT, Buffalo, or Stretch E to a Pay 'n' Spray in GTA IV too many times will cause the car to be permanently stuck in a dark color. Similarly, driving a Solair, Marbelle, or Patriot in will eventually lock their paintjobs to two or three possibilities. Further information on this glitch can be found here.
  • In the original Grand Theft Auto and its addons, if a vehicle that can't be resprayed is driven into a Pay'n'Spray, it will still be repaired with the wanted level reset, and the player's Pager will receive a message notifying them that the vehicle's license plates were changed.
  • In the original Grand Theft Auto, various cars will be resprayed into unique colors that don't appear on AI driven versions of the car when taken to a Pay 'n' Spray in either Liberty City or Vice City.
  • In the London 1969 and 1961 addons, a few vehicles will gain a performance boost after getting resprayed, for example the Myni and S-Cart.
    • Their appearance will also be upgraded with a racing livery.
  • During the GTA IV multiplayer, the Pay 'n' Spray can be used for free every single time. Using it doesn't subtract money from the player's online character, nor does it advance time by three hours. In addition, it will make them lose their wanted level and does change the car's colors.
  • The entrance of the Pay 'n' Spray in Idlewood, Los Santos is located just in front of a ramp that leads into Los Santos' storm drain. If the player successfully performs the stunt jump, they will fly over the drain and land right in front of the Pay 'n' Spray's door.
  • The ladder variant of the Fire Truck has been enabled to use the Pay 'n' Spray allowing the player to repair the vehicle.
  • In GTA Chinatown Wars, if the player enters the Pay 'n' Spray with a bike and hit the wall inside it, eventually falling from it, the bike will disappear, and Huang will come out on foot.
  • In GTA IV, a special white-and-red version of a Coquette can be found rarely if the player resprays any Coquette (except the one for Stevie's Car Thefts).
  • Buses are unable to enter Pay 'n' Sprays because of their size, however, in GTA IV, there are Two Pay 'n' Sprays that the Buses actually can use. The First being the one in Outlook, Broker. The Second in Leftwood, Alderney. However, there are no other colors other than the original green/white paintjob the Bus initially came in.
  • Driving a beater variant of the Vigero, Sabre, or Emperor into a Pay N' Spray in GTA IV will result in a unique message; "This is the best I can do with this wreck". The vehicle will still be resprayed, but will still look and perform like a beater (i.e. a beater Vigero will NOT change to a regular well-kept Vigero after a trip to the Pay N' Spray. Modding the game's Pay N' Spray using a custom script, however, can allow this to happen, resulting in a much more realistic Pay N' Spray experience.)
  • Despite being a law enforcement vehicle, the "policew" in TBoGT can use the Pay N' Spray, but will not be resprayed. Also, the game treats it like a normal car, when technically it should have the "This is the best I can do with this wreck" quote. However, this might have happened if the vehicle was normally obtainable, and not deleted.
  • Driving in any cars that are flipped over into the garage will cause the game to freeze.
  • In a GTA V preview during May 2, 2013, it has been confirmed that Pay 'n' Spray had been replaced with Los Santos Customs. It is however occasionally mentioned on Lifeinvader on the Los Santos Customs page.

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