Automotive Finishes

Automotive Finishes

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  1. Eastwood Rat Rod Satin Black Paint
    Eastwood Rat Rod Satin Black Paint
    Eastwood Rat Rod Satin Black 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    With a just-right amount of sheen, this satin black is perfect for old school street rod

    Starting at$154.98

    Starting at$154.98

  2. Eastwood Boulevard Black Paint
    Eastwood Boulevard Black Paint
    Eastwood Boulevard Black 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    A timeless classic, Boulevard Black is suitable for any type of vehicle.

    Starting at$151.98

    Starting at$151.98

  3. Eastwood '68-'72 GM Polar/Can-Am Classic White
    Eastwood '68-'72 GM Polar/Can-Am Classic White
    Eastwood '68-'72 GM Polar/Can-Am Classic White 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    This creamy white is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series.

    Starting at$151.98

    Starting at$151.98

  4. 69-72 GM Hugger Orange/Carousel Red
    69-72 GM Hugger Orange/Carousel Red
    Eastwood '69-'72 GM Hugger Orange/Carousel Red 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    This classic GM orange is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series.

    Starting at$168.98

    Starting at$168.98

  5. Eastwood '66-'69 Ford Candy Apple Red 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Eastwood '66-'69 Ford Candy Apple Red 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Eastwood '66-'69 Ford Candy Apple Red 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Popular on early Mustangs, this deep Ford red is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series.

    Starting at$203.98

    Starting at$203.98

  6. Eastwood '70-'72 GM Mulsanne Blue Metallic
    Eastwood '70-'72 GM Mulsanne Blue Metallic
    Eastwood '70-'72 GM Mulsanne Blue Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    One of GM’s iconic colors in the early 1970s, this blue metallic is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series.

    Starting at$164.98

    Starting at$164.98

  7. Eastwood 68-69 GM Rallye Green Metallic
    Eastwood 68-69 GM Rallye Green Metallic
    Eastwood Rallye Green Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Paint
    Premium acrylic urethane topcoat for exceptional long-lasting beauty

    Starting at$174.98

    Starting at$174.98

  8. Eastwood '64-'68 GM Ermine-Cameo White
    Eastwood '64-'68 GM Ermine-Cameo White
    Eastwood '64-'68 GM Ermine-Cameo White 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    This classic Chevrolet white from the 1960s is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series.

    Starting at$150.98

    Starting at$150.98

  9. Eastwood '65-'66 GM Regal Red
    Eastwood '65-'66 GM Regal Red
    Eastwood '65-'66 GM Regal Red 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    This classic GM color is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series.

    Starting at$197.98

    Starting at$197.98

  10. Eastwood '66-'69 Ford Wimbeldon White
    Eastwood '66-'69 Ford Wimbeldon White
    Eastwood '66-'69 Ford Wimbeldon White 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    This classic off white Ford color is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series.

    Starting at$150.98

    Starting at$150.98

  11.  68 GM Rally Red
     68 GM Rally Red
    Eastwood '68 GM Rally Red 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    This classic mid 1960s GM color is part of Eastwood’s Muscle Car Color Series.

    Starting at$195.98

    Starting at$195.98

  12. Eastwood Pearl Necklace
    Eastwood Pearl Necklace
    Eastwood Pearl Necklace White 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    **Translucent midcoat, apply over Pure White for optimum results **

    Starting at$196.98

    Starting at$196.98

  13. Eastwood Pure White
    Eastwood Pure White
    Eastwood Pure White 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    As white as white gets. Pure. Untinted. Absolutely white.

    Starting at$152.98

    Starting at$152.98

  14. Eastwood USA Bright White
    Eastwood USA Bright White
    Eastwood's USA Bright White 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - 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.

    Starting at$151.98

    Starting at$151.98

  15. Malibu Sunset Metallic Orange
    Malibu Sunset Metallic Orange
    Eastwood Malibu Sunset Metallic Orange 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    There’s no hiding when your vehicle is painted with this brilliant high metallic orange.

    Starting at$193.98

    Starting at$193.98

  16. Canyon Dusk Copper Meta
    Canyon Dusk Copper Meta
    Eastwood Canyon Dusk Copper Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    A beautiful copper with warm earthy tones and a striking metallic effect.

    Starting at$177.98

    Starting at$177.98

  17. Eastwood Pin-up Red 3:1 Single Stage Paint
    Eastwood Pin-up Red 3:1 Single Stage Paint
    Eastwood Pin-up Red 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    This rich lipstick red captures the essence of pinup models from days gone by.

    Starting at$199.98

    Starting at$199.98

  18. Eastwood Pro Street Red
    Eastwood Pro Street Red
    Eastwood Pro Street Red 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    A medium shaded red that features warm under tones compared with the other solid reds in the Eastwood color lineup.

    Starting at$195.98

    Starting at$195.98

  19. Quarter Mile Candy Red
    Quarter Mile Candy Red
    Eastwood Quarter Mile Candy Red 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    This deep brick red is the darkest of the solid red choices in the Eastwood color lineup

    Starting at$199.98

    Starting at$199.98

  20. Molten Red Metallic Paint
    Molten Red Metallic Paint
    Eastwood Molten Red Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    A scotching hot ruby red with a modern metallic effect.

    Starting at$209.98

    Starting at$209.98

  21. Bonneville Black Cherry Pearl
    Bonneville Black Cherry Pearl
    Eastwood Bonneville Black Cherry Pearl 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Sophisticated color is deep and dark with beautiful shades of red and a subtle sparkle.

    Starting at$154.98

    Starting at$154.98

  22. Eastwood Royal Blue Metallic
    Eastwood Royal Blue Metallic
    Eastwood Royal Blue Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Deep, dark, indigo color is made with spectacular blue pearl effect particles that shimmer in the sun.

    Starting at$182.98

    Starting at$182.98

  23. Eastwood Dead Rat Flat Black
    Eastwood Dead Rat Flat Black
    Eastwood Dead Rat Flat Black 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    As the name implies, this black has no gloss

    Starting at$164.98

    Starting at$164.98

  24. Eastwood Midnight Metallic Black Gallon
    Eastwood Midnight Metallic Black Gallon
    Eastwood Midnight Metallic Black 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    As dark as the midnight sky with fine metallic particles that flash to life when viewed in direct light.

    Starting at$165.98

    Starting at$165.98

  25. Eastwood Meteor Gray Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Paint
    Eastwood Meteor Gray Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Paint
    Eastwood Meteor Gray Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    A refined medium gray metallic with cool undertones.

    Starting at$165.98

    Starting at$165.98

  26. Eastwood Moonlight Drive Blue Metallic
    Eastwood Moonlight Drive Blue Metallic
    Eastwood Moonlight Drive Blue Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Dark shade of blue, it looks black unless viewed in the sun.

    Starting at$165.98

    Starting at$165.98

  27. Eastwood Cruise Night Blue
    Eastwood Cruise Night Blue
    Eastwood Cruise Night Blue Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    This classic blue is a just bit lighter than Eastwood’s Burn-Out Blue Metallic.

    Starting at$159.98

    Starting at$159.98

  28. Eastwood Gasser Green
    Eastwood Gasser Green
    Eastwood Gasser Green Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    A bold and bright metallic green with extra glittery appeal thanks to its huge aluminum particles.

    Starting at$169.98

    Starting at$169.98

  29. Eastwood Champagne Metallic
    Eastwood Champagne Metallic
    Eastwood Champagne Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Warm with light earthy shades. Works well in two-tone combinations.

    Starting at$182.98

    Starting at$182.98

  30. Euro Racing Green 3:1 Single Stage Paint
    Euro Racing Green 3:1 Single Stage Paint
    Eastwood Euro Racing Green 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    A custom take on the iconic British racing green.

    Starting at$165.98

    Starting at$165.98

  31. Eastwood Tunnel Ram Metallic Gray
    Eastwood Tunnel Ram Metallic Gray
    Eastwood Tunnel Ram Metallic Gray 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    A luxurious dark gray with warm undertones and a gorgeous metallic effect.

    Starting at$152.98

    Starting at$152.98

  32. Eastwood Chop Top Silver Metallic
    Eastwood Chop Top Silver Metallic
    Eastwood Chop Top Silver Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    A classic metallic made with fine aluminum particles for a subtle silver poly appearance.

    Starting at$159.98

    Starting at$159.98

  33. Eastwood Blue Pearl 3:1 Single Stage Paint
    Eastwood Blue Pearl 3:1 Single Stage Paint
    Eastwood Blue Pearl 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    A dynamic shade of blue with fine pearl effect particles.

    Starting at$174.98

    Starting at$174.98

  34. Eastwood Burn-Out Blue Metallic
    Eastwood Burn-Out Blue Metallic
    Eastwood Burn Out Blue Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Classic medium blue metallic is understated and simple, yet it remains a favorite year after year.

    Starting at$157.98

    Starting at$157.98

  35. Eastwood Coastal Highway Blue 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Eastwood Coastal Highway Blue 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Eastwood Coastal Highway Blue 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    A simple solid blue with high saturation, shaded with a bit of red tint to make it even deeper and richer in color.

    Starting at$195.98

    Starting at$195.98

  36. eastwood jaded green metallic paint
    eastwood jaded green metallic paint
    Eastwood Jaded Green 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Multi-colored pearl particles dance in the sun in this dark forest green made exclusively for Eastwood.

    Starting at$164.98

    Starting at$164.98

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Eastwood Automotive Finishes

Treat your car to a fresh coat with a high-quality automotive finish from Eastwood. Our 24/7 online store and brick-and-mortar locations are where to buy automotive paint that will Do the Job Right at more affordable prices than other car paint suppliers. 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 body repair work. Whether you're a first-time auto painter or an experienced hand, you can find auto paint that's easy to apply and looks show-worthy.

A Beginner's Guide to Car Paint

If you're new to vehicle paint, you surely have a lot of questions about how to go about this project. This basic car painting guide will help you get started. Make sure to visit our resource links below for more information, such as which primer to use or how to mix custom paints. Eastwood is an auto paint store that believes in providing superior knowledge and service with each sale, so give us a call, read up on painting in our tech library or stop by a store anytime you have a question.

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. As amateurs quickly find out, you shouldn't ever paint bare metal. Therefore, a primer to prep the surface is essential as is the clear coat at the end.


Auto paint can be divided into three basic types:

Acrylic Lacquer: This is the original automotive finish used to paint automobiles as far back as the 1920s. Not used as frequently today but far from obsolescent, acrylic lacquer is what you want to use as you're restoring an antique ca, 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, it needs to be mixed with paint thinner. The paint thinner 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.

Urethane: This modern car paint is popular among DIYers. Urethane auto paint is more durable than lacquer and dries quickly. It is also versatile; you can spray urethane over almost any other type of paint or primer — even acrylic lacquer! The main disadvantage is that these paints can have a more "plastic" look, especially in less-experienced hands.

You can get both single-stage and two-stage urethane paints. A one-stage finish eliminates the need for a clear coat, making it even easier to repaint your vehicle. The two-stage produces a more visible shine for those who take their car's appearance seriously.

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. Pearls and metallics feature flakes, usually aluminum or mica, in a solid base pigment that creates a multicolored appearance. While modern, these auto paints pose a few challenges in application. Instead of targeting an area, you may want to sand and paint a full body panel to eliminate potential lines.

Aside from these three 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. They utilize 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. Instead, it 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. Furthermore, 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, 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

Which primer is right for your job?

Homemade log splitter finished with Eastwood paints.

Refinish aluminum wheels.

Refinish a turbo with Eastwood powder.

Auto painting tips and tricks.

Auto painting FAQs.

What do I need to paint a car?

Easiest way to mix custom paint.

What is polyester primer used for?

How to make a paint job last longer.