The 5 Types of Car Paint

Have you ever thought about repainting your car? If so, then it would be helpful to know about the 5 types of car paint that can be used. You should know how to use these and what the benefits of each are in order to get the finish that you are looking for. Here are the basic 5 types of car paint that you should know about.

Prep Finish

Also known as undercoat finish or a primer, a prep finish goes on first to prime the vehicle’s surface to get it ready to paint. It helps the paint stick to the vehicle better.

Base Coat

The base coat goes on over the primer and does not provide protection. For this reason, a base coat almost always requires a clear coat on top of it to ensure the finish is protected from the elements.

Acrylic Lacquer

Acrylic lacquer is pretty popular with owners of vintage cars because it gives off the most shine. Acrylic lacquer is generally used for aesthetics only as it provides virtually no protection to your vehicle.

Clear Coat

As the name implies, clear coat contains no color and is used to protect the paint job from the sun’s ultraviolet rays that can fade your vehicle finish.

Specialty Paint

Finally, specialty paints are those that do not fit in any of the above categories. Some examples of specialty paint are metallic finish paints, chameleon paints, or acrylic enamel paint, which only requires one application but is not often used. For more information to auto painting in Raleigh, visit this website.

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