While there are many beautiful factory car colors on the market, there are always many people with the same color on their vehicle. Most makes and models only offer only a dozen or so factory color options which means there are literally tens of thousands of other car owners sporting an identical look. While this is fine for many car owners, there are many car enthusiasts that are looking for a more unique look. Custom car paint offers these owners the opportunity to create a look suited for their specific style. There are a lot of custom paint options available on the market each with their own type of look. The general types of custom paint options are listed below.
Pearl paints refer to a class of custom paints built from special pigments called pearlescent pigments. Pearlescent pigments impart a colored shimmer to paint finishes that gives a beautiful appearance. These finishes are available in a wide range of colors and sparkle effects ranging from a sleek shimmer to large sparkling effect.
Metallic paints provide a beautiful sparkle from finely ground aluminum flakes added to the paint. These finishes are also available in a wide range of colors and sparkles. In general, metallic colors do not offer the depth and richness of pearl paints but are better suited for silver shades than are pearl colors.
Candy paints are a unique style of custom paint where a metallic basecoat is over-coated with a colored transparent coat and clearcoat. The metallic layer provides a sparkle while the colored layer provides color. The combination of the two makes a color with a deep colored sparkle that stands out from other classes of colors. The added layering also creates a deeper, wetter finish than the typical automotive finish. The greatest down side to candy paints is the fact that they do not weather as well as the typical automotive finish. These are better suited for occasional drivers that are stored indoors.
Color Changing Paints
Color changing paints or “chameleon paints”, as they are sometimes referred, change colors depending on the angle you are viewing the vehicle from in relation to the light source. This technology is based on a special pearl pigment that separates light into unique components and reflects many of them back separately. These are some of the most radical colors available if you desire a finish that easily stands out.
One of the hottest colors trends in custom paint as of late is the use of low gloss or “matte” paints in place of the traditional glossy finishes. In fact, matte black is available now on some factory models. Although black is the most popular shade in low gloss, there are many more shades available. You can also purchase variations in gloss sheens to suit particular tastes.
Other Specialty Finishes
Paints with the look of real chrome have been a hot topic for many car enthusiasts and a number of celebrities have featured these finishes on their vehicles. Other unique finishes include glow in the dark paints, fluorescent finishes, and marble or crackle effect finishes.
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