Custom Auto Painting
Custom car paint is something that people of all ages, races and backgrounds can enjoy. No matter
where you are in the country, it is not too hard to find the local custom car culture. Whether it's "hot rods",
"lowriders", or "donks", custom auto painting jobs are the final essential touch to a unique vehicle. Metallic and
metal flake paint, candy paint, and satin colors are three of the most popular custom finishes to have.
Metallic paint refers to glossy paint that has very fine pieces of metal in it to add an extra
shine and sparkle. Metallic paints come with the metal bits already mixed in with the paint. Two to three coats of
metallic paint is usually enough to give a nice and efficient sheen. Metal flake paint is basically the expanded
version of metallic paint. The actual flakes are bought separately and mixed in with the glossy paint. The flakes
are much bigger than those found in conventional metallic paint and will often require a special nozzle on the
paint sprayer to ensure that the flakes do not get stuck in the gun.
Candy paint refers to a process of laying down a base coat of silver or gold metallic paint first.
It then adds an extra step of spraying translucent paint on top of the metallic paint so that the silver shines
through the color on top of it. This creates a truly unique depth and shine to paint jobs that is especially
beautiful in the direct sunlight. Ironically, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can quickly fade a candy paint
job, so it is recommended to wax the car regularly and to keep a soft car cover over the vehicle.
Satin color are basically just flat colors. There is no gloss in the paint and this often will give
the appearance of primer but with colors other than gray. Flat colors are considered a very "working class" finish
in the car culture world. It is a very respectable and economical paint job to have for those that want new paint
but don't want to spend an absurd amount of money for one.
Regardless of what car you drive or what your background is, there is surely a custom paint style
for you. With a little time spent researching, there is no telling what ideas will start rolling in to finish your