Understanding Different Types of Paint Finishes
Car paint has several purposes, including protection, decoration and maintenance. Water-based acrylic lacquer or water-based synthetic polyurethane are the most commonly used paints for non-commercial reasons, including reducing the environmental impact of painted cars. However, many car owners also use their cars to advertise themselves by painting their car with logos, images or colours. In this article we will look at the different types of car paint and how it should be used to give the best effect for the car.
Matte paint means that the colour of the vehicle stays true no matter what the weather is like. Cars with this type of paint have a mirror effect that makes them appear more expensive or fancy. However, many different types of paints have this property, including gel, semi-gloss and high gloss. The advantage of matte paint lies in its durability and low cost, and it is often used as an option for vehicles with a relatively low price tag.
Preparing your vehicle to get a polished look with a satin or Matt finish requires an application of polyurethane or other protective coating to the surface. After this has been done, a primer will need to be applied to help seal the finish and provide protection from cracking, chipping and warping. There are two main types of automotive base coat paints; latex and oil-based products. There are also many different types of protective coats, including paint thinner, body wash, clear wax and top coat, among others.
Acrylic enamel paints are also known as liquid acrylic paints and were previously available only in cans. They had a limited effect on the colour of the car, because they could not withstand extreme temperatures. In fact, they started flaking immediately if left outdoors without a can of acrylic lacquer. Advances in technology, however, have made it possible to manufacture acrylic enamels that resist heat damage and won’t peel off when exposed to strong sunlight. The pros of acrylic lacquers are that they produce a high quality finish, are long lasting and can withstand harsh weather conditions.
The pros of urethane finishes include their relative ease of application and the durability of the product. Urethane paint products can be combined with various other finishing techniques to create a customised car paint job, such as Intumescent, which makes an extremely weather resistant finish. It is also highly flexible, so can be blended into a coloured backing with minimum effort. There are drawbacks to urethane paints, however, including the fact that they tend to crack under certain circumstances, such as when exposed to heat. In addition, the manufacturing process itself is labour intensive and costly, although this can be offset through economies of scale with larger production runs.
Other forms of car paint include oil-based products and synthetic urethane. Oil-based products are more easily blended with various other substances, including other types of acrylic and urethane. However, these types of products tend to lose their adhesive property if applied on top of another type of enamel or urethane. Moreover, the price of oil-based products tends to be more expensive than the cheaper acrylic alternatives.
Synthetic urethane paints, on the other hand, have similar physical properties to oil-based products but are less likely to bond with other substances. They tend to dry hard, which makes them suitable for upholstery jobs, but as with oil-based products, they can crack under certain conditions. Like oil-based products, synthetic urethane paints can also suffer from slow corrosion as a result of harsh weather conditions. The cons of synthetic car paint are that the final coat tends to need to be thicker than with other types of enamel or urethane paints, which makes them more costly.
Before deciding on an auto paint finishes product, it is important to consider your painting needs. Will you be using the material in interior or exterior applications? Which types of surfaces are you working with? Which finish type will work best in your situation? The answers to these questions will help you determine the right type of finish for your application. For example, a wood-like product would not be recommended for concrete applications, while a vinyl-like product may look great on rubber applications.