Henry Ford allegedly said about the Model T that customers could “have it in any color they want so long as it’s black.” Those days are long past. Car painting has changed greatly. Whether it’s to touch up damage to the car or simply to match personal tastes, automotive paints are now readily available to auto-body shops and mechanics.
Now consumers can choose the paint they want. Choice and personalization has been returned to the consumer. No one needs a degree in engineering to pick out the color of their car. Cars used to be, and still are to an extent, a status symbol, but now, with the ability to truly customize cars, have also become something new: a method of creative expression.
Car painting done by auto body shops
Of course car paints aren’t just limited to customizable colors. Much more common than a new color, what a car owner may decide to do is to add a new layer of coating to protect the existing paint from peeling. He can also add a special textural finish to the car, such as chromes, pearlescents, or mattes. The first layer of primer and the final layer of clearcoating in particular is important for any car owner. It must be tough enough to resist scratches, abrasions, water damage from rain, snow, or hail, and strong enough to withstand constant UV light from the sun.
Professional Auto Painting
Auto paint and body shops are responsible for reinstating the pre-accident paint finish to cars after the structure or the panels have been repaired or replaced after a collision. A professional car painter must match the color, shade, and texture of the adjoining panels that are not being painted. They may also completely repaint a whole vehicle, either to change its color or reinstate that original, shiny, new look.