Blog: Brush away the cobwebs and get ready to dip in to car paints with CarShop

Blog: Brush away the cobwebs and get ready to dip in to car paints with CarShop

The finishing touches on your car are just as important as what’s under the bonnet and what’s on the dash. So, if you’re a little confused about the world of car paint, here’s a little guide to clear the paint!  

A lot of these types of guides come with loads of bulk text that you have to sift your way through. So check out our bullet-pointed lists helps you decipher car paints a little easier.

(Don’t worry, we’re not going to bore you with colour choices. That’s pretty obvious, and you’re only going to choose a colour that you love!)

Solid paint

 

This is the type of paint that comes as standard when the car comes straight out of the factory. There will always be at least one colour that won’t cost you anything extra to have, and the other ones will be cheap as chips too!

Advantages

  • At least one colour won’t have an extra cost when you purchase the vehicle
  • Looks great especially if you want something neutral
  •  Loads of colours to choose from – literally thousands (if you’re repainting yourself)
  • Easy and affordable to get chips/scratches/dents repaired
  • You can even repair minor stone chips with a touch-up pen!
  • Easy to maintain

Disadvantages

  • Has a tendency to fade over time – especially Vauxhall red
  • Shows dirt and dings more than other types of paint
  • Although there are thousands of colours to choose from, if you are buying from the factory, the colours may be limited to white, red, black and blue

 

Metallic

Metallic paint contains flakes (usually aluminium) which causes light to bounce off the surface, which in turn makes it shine – especially when you’re comparing it to solid colours.

Advantages

  • It looks great!
  • Metallic paint is harder wearing than solid
  • Helps with the value of vehicle were you to sell it in the future
  • Doesn’t fade as much as solid colours

Disadvantages

  • More expensive to repair if there is any damage
  • When repairing, most body shops won’t guarantee an exact colour match
  • Initial cost is more than solid paint
  • Fewer colours to choose from

Pearlescent

Pearlescent paint (is not the paint in the gif above!) has smaller ceramic crystals (usually “mica”) that reflect multiple colours under the same light by refracting it differently. It gives it more of a glow than a shine, it also sparkles and shows slightly different colours when you really look at it.

Advantages

  • It looks great! (some say even better than metallic)
  • Pearlescent paint is harder wearing than solid
  • Helps with the value of vehicle were you to sell it in the future
  • Doesn’t fade as much

Disadvantages

  • More expensive to repair if there is any damage – even than metallic – and will take a lot longer too
  • When repairing, most body shops won’t guarantee an exact colour match
  • Initial cost is more than solid or metallic
  • Fewer colours to choose from, but this is only a small point as pearlescent paint is effectively a lot of different colours altogether

Matte

True matte finishes are usually only available in premium vehicles. Usually, when you see them out and about, matte paints tend to have a satin or silk finish, but they all have the non-shiny look. (So, does it really matter?)

Advantages

  • You’re sure to stand out from the crowd
  •  Appears to stay cleaner for longer

Disadvantages

  • You can’t take it through an automatic car wash
  • Needs specialised products to take care of the paint, which is delicate and you have to take care of often
  • And on that point… expensive to maintain
  • Scratches and dings are easily noticeable
  • High cost to buy

To be honest, instead of having the headache of matte paint, why not opt for a matte vinyl wrap instead? It’s cheaper, doesn’t affect the resale value, it protects the factory paint and is a lot easier to maintain too – without skimping on the style.

Actually, if you’re thinking of changing your car paint at all, it might be good to have a look at vinyl wraps instead – they’re definitely a cheaper alternative for any paint finish!

A few points about paint

  • The colour red fades faster than any other colour
  • Make sure you polish your car to prevent fade in most paint types (But never ever wax matte!)
  • Yellow is known as the safest car colour as it is the brightest
  •  Black was the most popular car colour in 2017
  • Grey or silver hides the most muck if you’re not into cleaning your car

  • On: 04 July 2018
  • By: CarShop

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