Automotive Finishes

Automotive Finishes

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  1. Jaded Green Basecoat
    Jaded Green Basecoat
    Multi-colored pearl particles dance in the sun in this dark forest green which was styled by Kevin Tetz.
    $216.98
  2. Moonlight Drive Metallic Basecoat
    Moonlight Drive Metallic Basecoat
    This is such a dark shade of blue, it looks black unless viewed in the sun. That’s when deep shades of navy and a subtle metallic effect finally reveal themselves
    $216.98
  3. Eastwood Rally Red
    Eastwood Rally Red
    This classic mid 1960s GM color is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series
    $264.06
  4. Eastwood Tropical Sunset Orange Pearl
    Eastwood Tropical Sunset Orange Pearl
    Stunning orange midcoat with a beautiful shimmering gold color shift thanks to exceptional clarity that allows the pearl particles to show through easily
    $241.98
  5. Eastwood Deep Lagoon Blue Basecoat Gallon
    Eastwood Deep Lagoon Blue Basecoat Gallon
    Soothing solid blue made from a white base. It’s a perfect color for two-tones, but is just as useful when used on its own
    $205.98
  6. Eastwood Sub Zero Blue Pearl
    Eastwood Sub Zero Blue Pearl
    This is a vibrant, rich shade of sapphire that glows bright with powerful blue pearl highlights
    $241.98
  7. Eastwood Agave Green Metallic Basecoat Gallon
    Eastwood Agave Green Metallic Basecoat Gallon
    Eastwood 4:1 Agave Green Metallic - Basecoat - 128oz
    $204.87 Regular Price $204.98
    With faint shades of celery green, this is a unique twist on the classic silver metallic
    $204.87 Regular Price $204.98
  8. Eastwood Boulevard Black Paint
    Eastwood Boulevard Black Paint
    Eastwood Boulevard Black Single Stage Urethane Quart Kit

    Starting at$67.98

    A timeless classic, Boulevard Black is suitable for any type of vehicle.

    Starting at$67.98

  9. Eastwood Rat Rod Satin Black Paint
    Eastwood Rat Rod Satin Black Paint
    Eastwood Rat Rod Satin Black Single Stage Urethane Quart Kit

    Starting at$66.98

    Give your "rat rod" that perfect satin-black finish; with activator

    Starting at$66.98

  10. Eastwood Dead Rat Flat Black
    Eastwood Dead Rat Flat Black
    Eastwood Dead Rat Black Single Stage Urethane Quart Kit

    Starting at$67.98

    Near-zero gloss level for your "rat rod"

    Starting at$67.98

  11. Eastwood USA Bright White
    Eastwood USA Bright White
    Eastwood USA Bright White Single Stage Urethane Quart Kit

    Starting at$66.98

    A bit of black tint helps shade this white just right for use on its own, or paired with another color in a two-tone combination.

    Starting at$66.98

  12. Eastwood Interstate Black Paint
    Eastwood Interstate Black Paint
    Eastwood Interstate Black Single Stage Urethane Quart Kit

    Starting at$67.98

    The highest gloss black paint available with a super wet and deep shine

    Starting at$67.98

  13. Eastwood Underhood Black Single Stage Urethane Quart Kit
    Eastwood Underhood Black Single Stage Urethane Quart Kit
    Eastwood Underhood Black Single Stage Urethane Quart Kit

    Starting at$66.98

    Premium acrylic urethane topcoat for exceptional long-lasting beauty

    Starting at$66.98

  14. Bright White Basecoat Gallon
    Bright White Basecoat Gallon
    A bit of black tint helps shade this white just right for use on its own, or paired with another color in a two-tone combination
    $203.98
  15. Eastwood Pure White
    Eastwood Pure White
    As white as white gets. Pure. Untinted. Absolutely white
    $202.98
  16. Boulevard Black Basecoat Gallon
    Boulevard Black Basecoat Gallon
    A timeless classic, Boulevard Black is suitable for any type of vehicle.
    $203.98
  17. Eastwood Tunnel Ram Metallic Gray
    Eastwood Tunnel Ram Metallic Gray
    A luxurious dark gray with warm undertones and a gorgeous metallic effect.
    $203.98
  18. Eastwood Chop Top Silver Metallic
    Eastwood Chop Top Silver Metallic
    A classic metallic made with fine aluminum particles for a subtle silver poly appearance
    $214.98
  19. Eastwood Cruise Night Blue
    Eastwood Cruise Night Blue
    Classic blue is a just bit lighter than Eastwood’s Burn-Out Blue Metallic
    $217.98
  20. Blue Pearl Basecoat Gallon
    Blue Pearl Basecoat Gallon
    A dynamic shade of blue with fine pearl effect particles
    $217.98
  21. Low VOC Gasser Green Basecoat Gallon
    Low VOC Gasser Green Basecoat Gallon
    A bold and bright metallic green with extra glittery appeal thanks to its huge aluminum particles. This is an outrageous color guaranteed to turn heads.
    $218.98
  22. Eastwood Malibu Sunset 4:1 Basecoat
    Eastwood Malibu Sunset 4:1 Basecoat
    There’s no hiding when your vehicle is painted with this brilliant high metallic orange. Rich pigments and extra coarse metal flake combine to make this one a super exciting color
    $241.98
  23. Eastwood Hugger Orange
    Eastwood Hugger Orange
    This classic Hugger orange is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series
    $230.98
  24. Eastwood Royal Blue Metallic
    Eastwood Royal Blue Metallic
    This deep, dark, indigo color is made with spectacular blue pearl effect particles that shimmer in the sun
    $218.98
  25. Eastwood Coastal Highway Blue Basecoat Paint
    Eastwood Coastal Highway Blue Basecoat Paint
    A simple solid blue with high saturation, this one is shaded with a bit of red tint to make it even deeper and richer in color
    $243.98
  26. Eastwood '70-'72 GM Mulsanne Blue Metallic
    Eastwood '70-'72 GM Mulsanne Blue Metallic
    One of GM’s iconic colors in the early 1970s
    $203.98
  27. Eastwood Euro Racing Green Basecoat Paint
    Eastwood Euro Racing Green Basecoat Paint
    A custom take on the iconic British racing green.
    $203.98
  28. Canyon Dusk Copper Metallic
    Canyon Dusk Copper Metallic
    A beautiful copper with warm earthy tones and a striking metallic effect
    $217.98
  29. Eastwood Champagne Metallic
    Eastwood Champagne Metallic
    Warm with light earthy shades. Works well in two-tone combinations
    $218.98
  30. Eastwood Prostreet Red Basecoat Paint
    Eastwood Prostreet Red Basecoat Paint
    A medium shaded red that features warm under tones compared with the other solid reds in the Eastwood color lineup
    $229.98
  31. Eastwood GM Regal Red Basecoat Paint
    Eastwood GM Regal Red Basecoat Paint
    This classic GM color is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series
    $230.98
  32. Eastwood Reptile Red
    Eastwood Reptile Red
    Urethane basecoat works with our Low-VOC Primers, Clears; w/ activator
    $229.98
  33. Eastwood Can Am Classic White Basecoat Paint
    Eastwood Can Am Classic White Basecoat Paint
    This creamy white is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series
    $181.98
  34. Eastwood '66-'69 Ford Wimbeldon White
    Eastwood '66-'69 Ford Wimbeldon White
    This classic off white Ford color is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series
    $201.98
  35. Eastwood Pearl Necklace White Basecoat Paint
    Eastwood Pearl Necklace White Basecoat Paint
    With a gorgeous white pearl, this midcoat color has a subtle shimmer effect
    $230.98
  36. Eastwood Daytona Yellow Basecoat Paint
    Eastwood Daytona Yellow Basecoat Paint
    This classic Chevrolet yellow is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series
    $204.98
  37. eastwood platinum frost silver metallic basecoat paint
    eastwood platinum frost silver metallic basecoat paint
    Platinum Frost Silver Metallic urethane basecoat for exceptional long-lasting beauty
    $208.98
  38. eastwood destroyer gray base coat paint
    eastwood destroyer gray base coat paint
    Versatile solid gray can be paired with other colors in a two-tone, used as an accent or by itself for overall paint jobs.
    $208.98
  39. eastwood led sled metallic silver
    eastwood led sled metallic silver
    Slightly larger flakes than those found in Chop Top Silver, this color has a brighter, more modern metallic look.
    $208.98
  40. eastwood gun metal gray metallic base coat paint
    eastwood gun metal gray metallic base coat paint
    A beautiful shade of gunmetal gray metallic with medium-sized aluminum flake particles.
    $222.17

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Eastwood Automotive Finishes

Treat your car to a fresh coat with a high-quality automotive finish from Eastwood. We have formulated a variety of solutions for people who want to give their car a new look or need to put the final touches on bodywork. Whether you're a first-time auto painter or an experienced hand, you can find something that's easy to apply and looks show-worthy.

What are the two types of automotive paint finishes?

Automotive paint is a complicated subject — far more involved than adding a coat to a wall or siding along your home.

In general, automotive paint consists of a pigment that’s dissolved in water or a solvent, allowing it to be sprayed with a paint gun. Yet, as amateurs find out, you shouldn’t ever paint bare metal, so a primer to prep the surface is essential, as is the clear coat at the end.


Auto paint can be divided into two basic types:

Acrylic Lacquer: This is the original, used to paint automobiles as far back as the 1920s. Not used as frequently but far from obsolescent, acrylic lacquer is what you want to use as you’re restoring an antique car, to be true to its original production. It offers a greater degree of shine, but for modern-day vehicles, it doesn’t provide the day-to-day protection your vehicle needs from UV rays and bird droppings.

To use, acrylic lacquer needs to be mixed with paint thinner. The paint thinner, however, evaporates after application, but keeps the paint’s pigment on the metal surface. With a paint gun, the substance comes out as a finer mist, requiring multiple layers to achieve a substantial coating. As classic car enthusiasts know, you’ll need to buff the finish to maintain its shine.

Pearlescent and Metallic Paint: Vehicles from the 1990s to the present tend to use these paint types, although they were introduced as far back as the ‘70s. These paints feature flakes, usually aluminum or mica, in a solid base pigment that create a multicolored appearance. While modern, these auto paints pose a few challenges in application, and instead of targeting an area, you may want to sand and paint a full body panel to eliminate potential lines.

Aside from these two general types, automotive paint includes the following solutions:

Waterborne: Growing in popularity, these auto paints have a lower percentage of solvent and use more water, offering an environmentally friendly alternative.

Solvent: Solvent solutions are more common, utilizing lacquer, urethane or enamel to dissolve the pigment.

These types will be used for solid, metallic, pearlescent, and matte auto paints. For custom jobs, learn more about mixing auto paint.


For the full job, you’ll also need to have:

Primer: This is what some call the undercoat. No matter the name you want to use, primer prepares the vehicle’s metal surface to accept and hold onto the paint. Without it, the paint won’t bond and you’ll eventually experience adhesion issues, like cracks, flaking, chips and rusting due to oxidation. As a tip, because primer can add a textured look, sand between coats to create a smooth appearance.

Base Coat: This is what gives the car its color. However, if left exposed, it starts to show wear relatively quickly, especially moisture-related damage like rust.

Clear Coat: Also called finish or lacquer, clear coat has no pigment and, instead, protects the base coat against moisture, UV exposure, and general wear and tear. Typically, clear coats are made of urethane or polyurethane, resulting in a glossy appearance after application.

Along with auto paint, here’s what you’ll need to paint a car.


Do you need to prime a car before painting?

The short answer is, almost always. Primer is essential for avoiding adhesion and rusting issues down the road, especially if you’ll be painting on bare metal. Ultimately, primer acts as a bonding agent.

Yet, it’s not always a must use. Some say to avoid primer if you’ll just be sanding the paint down slightly. As well, if you’ll be painting on plastic — for instance, your car’s bumper — there’s no need to apply primer before the base coat.

Primer, as a note, can create a ridged or bumpy appearance. To avoid this, wait for each coat to dry, and then sand the surface with fine-grain sandpaper before applying the next coat. You’ll want to do this until you’re ready to apply the base coat.

Is it your first time painting your vehicle? Get started with these tips to avoid common mistakes, and learn more about different types of primers.


How to get the best shine on your car?

“Shine” begins with the car’s paint and extends to the detailing and care.

To start, aspects like paint quality and surface contamination decrease the shine. Unfortunately, the more you drive around, and the more your car is exposed to moisture, UV rays, bird droppings, road tar and bugs, the less shine it ends up having. As you maintain your car, you can use clay to remove some of the contaminants.

As a second factor, polishing is key for reducing the appearance of scratches, small pits, swirl areas and other superficial blemishes. To maintain the appearance, you can use a scratch remover or polish on the surface.

The sealant also contributes to the shine, protecting the paint against the elements. No matter the formula, you’ll want to apply it by hand with a microfiber cloth to the surface.

As the final step, waxing is essential not just for protection and helping the paint last but also for maintaining the vehicle’s shine. Some auto enthusiasts prefer a carnauba formula, but at a minimum, wax the car seasonally to help preserve its glossy appearance.


Resources

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Auto painting tips and tricks.

Auto painting FAQs.

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Easiest way to mix custom paint.

What is polyester primer used for?

How to make a paint job last longer.