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Category: Auto Painting

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Eco-friendly paints aren’t just better for the environment, they’re better for your car.

Quality has always been a top consideration for collision repair shops when purchasing paint. But shops must also think about safety to the environment.

Choosing body shop locations that will provide the quality you expect and be friendly to the environment takes research. When you inquire with body shops you are considering, ask if they use water-based paints.

Using waterborne paint

Waterborne paints have benefits beyond being safer to the environment than lacquer-based paints used in the past. Waterborne paint has heavier viscosity and applies three coats of coverage in nearly half a mil thickness. This means less clear coat is needed to even out the surface.

Only paint technicians trained to use waterborne paint should perform the paint job to a vehicle for a quality result. Imperfections will appear easier and the paint is sensitive to humid conditions. Different blends are available in more humid climates. If a technician is not used to working with water-based paints, the paint can have a different hue when it dries.

The difference of waterborne paint

Some body shops still use solvent-based paints. This type of paint has higher levels of organic solvents, and when it dries it releases Volatile Organic Compounds into the air. VOCs are toxic to humans and the environment.

Water-based paints have improved over the years and are quickly replacing the use of solvent-based paint. Waterborne paints feature acrylic emulsions that offer a faster drying time, similar to solvent paints. It also has less odor and greater durability.

Our team at Fogle Collision Centers is trained to provide an exceptional quality paint job to your vehicle using waterborne paints. Give us a call today for a free estimate and we’ll give your car a fresh look that is safer to the environment.

The first cars available for purchase did not offer a variety of color choices. All the vehicles were in black because the luxury was owning a car, not the color. Now there are a variety of colors and styles for auto paint, and you can have all of them on your car if you choose.

Auto painting is no longer about applying a coat and making sure it is even. Giving a vehicle depth and a unique appearance takes skill and training.

Bright Colors

Some car owners do not have a preference for the color of a car, but others want to express themselves while out on the road. The colors can be as bold as the driver chooses. If a person pays for a custom paint job, it’s typically to get a unique color. For example, a Molten Pearl Lexus or Austin Yellow BMW are not vehicles you see every day. These colors are not offered by the vehicle makers and it takes a professional auto body shop to do the work.

Bright and unique colors are not limited to average priced cars. Luxury vehicle owners also like to makeover their rides. A Bentley isn’t offered by the maker in bright blue, but it is possible with a custom auto paint job. If you are a fan of maroon, you can have a Rolls Royce painted that color or any shade you choose. And colors are not limited to just one on a vehicle any longer. A car can have a variety of shades and design.

Color Tones

The possibilities are endless with custom auto paint jobs. Want the exterior of your car to change colors? That can be done. An iridescent paint detail creates different color tones in different lighting.

In 2011, Range Rover created a custom Spectral Amber ChromaFlair option that features tones of lemon and lime. An incredible (pun intended) color changing paint detail was created on a BMW X6 with “thermochromic” paint that changes with heat. As hot water is poured on the vehicle, The Incredible Hulk appears.

Show your trendy style driving down the roads in the Houston area with a custom paint job. Contact our expert team at Bill Fogle Collision Center, a collision repair shop, to give your vehicle a look that no one else has.

 

Auto painting can give your vehicle an entirely new and fresh look. You may decide to refresh the same color, change the color, or have a design painted on your vehicle.

There is cost and effort in having a car painted and it is important to consider the complete process before committing to the work. Painting a car should be done by a skilled professional so keep a few points in mind when thinking about having your vehicle painted.

Types of Paint

There are different types of paint that can be used on a car and you should weigh the pros and cons when making a choice. Metallic paint looks great on sports cars and hides scratches, but it is challenging to repair scratches or other damage later. Acrylic paint provides a nice, glossy finish but it doesn’t last long and will lose its luster in time. Urethane paint is the most durable and must be applied by an auto paint technician who is trained and has the proper safety gear, such as a respirator, suit, and goggles.

Work Involved

There is a period of work involved with auto painting to keep in mind. If the entire vehicle is being painted, there is prep work to remove any parts on the car that are not being painted. Once that process is complete, the body needs to be sanded to create a fresh surface for the new paint to be applied. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, the process could take a minimum of a few days to a week or more. If this is a vehicle you drive every day, you will need to consider getting a rental or finding other means of transportation.

Value of Paint Work

Painting your vehicle comes with a price because it is labor intensive. You should consider if this is an expense you want to make. If the painting will cost 25 percent or more of the value of your vehicle, you may want to reconsider the expense.

When you consider auto painting for your car, contact the expert auto body and paint technicians at ProCare Automotive and Collision in San Antonio. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure a paint job that you want.

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