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Understanding the Types of Exterior Car Paint

May 30, 2013

Have you experienced a collision and need to locate a good auto body works garage or a collision repair center to have your car repaired and repainted, but you’re lack of understanding the types of exterior car paint is holding your back? Don’t panic! Not surprising, most people today are unaware of the types of exterior car paints that are available.

The most important aspect of painting a car isn’t choosing the colour of the paint; it is ensuring that a solid bond occurs when the paint makes contact with vehicle’s surface. By understanding the types of exterior car paint, and how they are applied to your vehicle’s body, will help you to feel confident about painting your car.

Understanding the Types of Exterior Car Paint

Any professional auto detailer or body shop company will strive to reach the ultimate goal of achieving the perfect car paint finish. To accomplish this requires painters to have a complete understanding the types of exterior car paint available. To help you learn about exterior car paints, here is a description of four common types of paints used to paint a vehicle:

  • Prep or Undercoat Finishes and Primers – Primers, or undercoat finishes, are types of car paints that are designed to assist in creating a bonding layer on top of a car’s body, which will ensure that paint will effectively bond with the body of the vehicle. Undercoats, as they are often called, also serve as a moisture deterrent to stave off oxidation and, of course, rust.
  • Important Base Coat Paints – When you do decide to paint your car, the base coat paint will be the colour you choose. Unlike primers, which are usually grey or black in colour, base coat paints come in any colour you want. A base coat layer is not shiny or smooth. In fact, to achieve a smooth shiny surface, this type of paint is almost always used with a urethane base or with clear coat finishes.
  • Classic Acrylic Lacquers – Most manufactures discontinued making acrylic lacquers. Unless you have a classic car you wish to paint, most body shops won’t use them. However, classic car enthusiasts prefer to use acrylic lacquer for one reason. It produces the best gloss shine. Although acrylic paint can bring out the best shine, it does not provide the best protection for your vehicle.
  • Popular Clear Coat Finishes – There are so many benefits from using this type of paint that a whole other article could be written on the benefits of clear coat finishes. However, one of the most beneficial aspects of this type of paint includes special chemicals which help protect the base paint from fading by providing UV protection.
  • If you lacked understanding the types of exterior car paint before, and that was holding you back from deciding to paint your vehicle, then you should be well underway making efforts to find a Cranbourne body works or a collision repair center near you.

Cranbourne Body Works.

1485 South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne VIC 3977

Telephone – (03) 5996 4770    |   sales@cranbournebodyworks.com.au

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