If you are in the market for automotive paint colors for a project or you are trying to learn more about car paint colors in general you’ve probably realized by now there are many options to choose from. Not only are there many automotive car paint colors themselves but many color types as well with each type providing it’s own unique series of properties. Ultimately, the physical appearance of the color is the most critical aspect but there are many other factors that may be important to your short and long term satisfaction of a given color. The most critical of those factors include costs, ease of application, longevity, availability, and repair-ability. Shown below are our most popular car paint colors separated by general color type. Aside from seeing which color appeal to you visually, you can also read about how good of a fit each of these automotive paint colors are for your project based on the top “non visual” factors. If you are curious about pricing and availability click on any color shown to pull up the sizes available for that color from our online store at TheCoatingStore.com.
Metallic Automotive Paint Colors
Metallic paint colors are created from finely ground and classified aluminum particles combined with special color pigments to provide coloration and allowing the aluminum particle to sparkle in light. Metallic paint colors can vary widely in terms of color and sparkle size. Metallic automotive paint colors are generally easy to apply with some lighter shades being more difficult. Visit our page dedicated to Metallic car paints to learn more. Click the image to the left to download our digital color chart or purchase a hand sprayed chart in the color selectors area in the store.
Pearl Car Paint Colors
Pearl automotive paint colors are created using special “pearlescent” with transparent coloring agents to give colors that have a rich shimmer of many different sizes and colors. Unlike metallic paint colors, the pearl pigment itself will give off a colored shimmer whereas a metallic pigment by itself will be some form of silver. Pearl car paint colors can be 2 stage where a pearl base color is applied then cleared or a 3 stage system where a solid base color is applied, then a pearl midcoat, and a protective clearcoat. Shown below are our selections of 2 stage pearl car paint colors. We have both types available in the store. Pearl paints are generally more expensive that metallic paints but most factors are similar to those of the metallic shades.
2 Stage Pearl Automotive Paint Colors
3 Stage Pearl Car Paint Colors
Solid Automotive Paint Colors
Solid automotive paint colors do not have a sparkling component when exposed to light. Therefore, they are said to be of “solid” hue. This aspect makes them easier to apply, easier to repair, and generally less expensive than pearls and metallic car paint colors. Longevity is comparable to metallics and pearls. Don’t mistake lack of sparkle for boring color. There are many rich, eye popping solid car paint colors available. Download our most popular solid automotive paint colors collection by clicking the image to the left. To see the actual car paint colors, purchase one of our hand sprayed color charts in the color selectors area in the store by clicking here.
Candy Car Paint Colors
Candy car paint colors are unique in the automotive paint world. True candy automotive paint colors are created in a 3 step process with the first step being some kind of reflective base (usually metallic, the second step being a transparent colored layer, and the 3rd being a protective clear coat. As light shines on a candy finish it passed through the clear coat and candy layer where it is reflected back through the film and colored by the candy layer. This approach creates truly unique car paint colors that are stand out versus normal automotive paint jobs. The downside of candy car paint car paint colors is they are more expensive, more difficult to apply and repair, and often have less than1/3rd the life of a pearl, metallic or solid color automotive paint job. Despite these challenges many automotive enthusiast still seek candy automotive paint colors due to the richness of the car paint colors created.
2K Urethane (EKU Series), Candy Base (EKB Series), and Candy Concentrate Automotive Paint Colors (EKK)
Candy Graphic Car Paint Color Series (KGC Series)
Color Changing Automotive Paint Colors
There are a broad array of color changing automotive paints in commercial application but the most common used in the automotive industry is commonly referred to as “chameleon paint”. These automotive paint colors change based on the viewing angle between the observer and the light source. Color changes are often radical. Like candy paints, chameleon paints are a 3 stage process. However, chameleon paints start with a non-reflective base, usually black. A special pearl is applied over the black base and cleared for gloss and protection. Also like candy paints, chameleon paints are difficult to apply, repair, and are much more expensive than our conventional automotive paints (although our color changing paints are MUCH more affordable than our competition. However, unlike candy paints these finishes typically weather quite well.
Restoration Car Paint Colors
Looking to restore a classic automotive to the original factory color? Then we might have the classic restoration color that you need. After countless requests from our restoration professionals we have matched many of the original factory automotive paint colors for cars from back in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Below are direct links to the car paint colors that we do offer. If you don’t see an automotive paint color you are looking for, use our contact form to reach out to us and see if we can help you.
Low Gloss Automotive Paint Colors
Low Gloss Solid Car Paint Colors
Low Gloss Metallic Automotive Paint Colors
Low Gloss Pearl Car Paint Colors