The Science of Car Paint Matching

Car paint technician spray painting red car

Car paint matching has become a sophisticated science in recent years; even if your car has a custom paint job, it is no longer a guessing game of which color fits best! 

Every car manufacturer has its own color standard, which means that an “apple red” will vary from company to company, and the color standard may change from year to year. Colors can also vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer based on formula and environment. All this being said, finding the exact color for your vehicle is a science. 

In modern auto shops, there is the technology to scan your vehicle and match the paint exactly, even if the color has faded over the years from sun and weather damages. Whether your car has a few scratches or the paint has been completely removed, technology can make your car look brand new.  

Finding the Best Car Paint Shop

Getting your vehicle’s paint redone is a delicate process that is best done by professionals. Nobody wants to deal with a botched paint job!

Before you entrust your vehicle to an auto shop, ask them about their paint process and what types of paint they use. Also, don’t be afraid to ask about the experience and certification process of their technicians and equipment. You’ll want a high quality system for best results. 

At Valley Collision repair, we want to take the stress off you, which is why we pride ourselves in having Akzo Nobel paint products and certification. Akzo Nobel is renowned for its quality color accuracy tools, designs, and paint and is a technical support and service leader. They are also environmentally conscious and want to reduce their mark on the planet and work toward a sustainable future.

The Car Painting Processes

The car painting process may vary depending on the needs of the vehicle, but generally includes the following steps:

  • Matching the correct paint color. There are ways of doing this by hand or with specially designed cameras to determine the color needed.
  • Masking the vehicle. Your tires and windows will all be safe from primer and paint.
  • Sanding the vehicle. Sanding may vary from case to case, but it can be typical of a general paint job.
  • Applying primer. Once everything is ready, about 2-3 coats of primer are added to the surface. Then it is sanded and wiped again.
  • Painting. Then there are about 3-4 layers of paint. The paint and the primer have to be completely dry before the next layer is added.
  • Lacquer and finish. And finally, a layer or two of lacquer tops it off, and then the car is buffed for a smooth finish.

Does Your Car Need a New Paint Job?

Whether your car needs a touch up after a collision or a complete re-painting, we want you to have the best experience at Valley Collision. Our technicians are Akzo Nobel certified and I-Car certified. We also have the latest equipment to match your factory color, and your vehicle will be refinished in our state-of-the-art paint booths. 

Nothing beats knowing that your car is in good hands. We’ll make sure your paint job goes above and beyond your expectations.

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