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All our cars are painted with high quality paints. We offer two kind of paints.
Metallic paints are effectively the same as solid paints, only with a small quantity of powdered metal added. The size and type of metal added varies depending on manufacturer choices, but it’s commonly about 1 part in 50 of aluminium powder.
Although it’s not that much more expensive to produce and shouldn’t make a great deal of difference when applied to a small car (it’s a little less practical to apply to a coach, for example), many manufacturers charge a premium of around $900 or more for an upgrade from solid to metallic. This price increase is usually put down to the need for multiple coats of both paint and lacquer.
The metal particles in the paint pick up and reflect more incident light that the basic paint colours, giving your car a much more appealing shine than with solid colours – so long as you keep it clean! It will also hide very minor damage from a distance much more effectively than solid paint.
However, it’s much harder to get metallic paint to match properly, making it far more difficult to repair when damaged – even authorized body shops can’t guarantee a match – and it’ll show up swirl marks from inexpert polishing much more readily.
It’s not common to see matte finishes, but some niche vehicles are available in a variety of matte colors, usually grey or black. Sometimes this is a more reflective satin or silk finish than true matte, but the principles are roughly the same.
There are a number of ways its non-shiny look can be achieved, but in most cases it’s the same as regular solid paint, with either a high epoxy content primer coat, a high PVC content in the paint coat itself or a flattening agent in the clear lacquer coat to achieve the dull effect.