Automotive Finishes

Automotive Finishes

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  1. eastwood deep space purple metallic single stage paint
    eastwood deep space purple metallic single stage paint
    Eastwood Deep Space Pearl Metallic 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Eastwood Deep Space Pearl Metallic 3:1 Single Stage - 96oz

    Starting at$148.95

    Starting at$148.95

  2. eastwood orange sparkle pearl single stage paint
    eastwood orange sparkle pearl single stage paint
    Eastwood Orange Sparkle Pearl 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Eastwood Orange Sparkle Pearl 3:1 Single Stage - 96oz

    Starting at$180.98

    Starting at$180.98

  3. eastwood purple pearl single stage paint
    eastwood purple pearl single stage paint
    Eastwood Galaxy Purple Pearl 3:1 Single Stage Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Eastwood Galaxy Purple Pearl 3:1 Single Stage - 96oz

    Starting at$209.98

    Starting at$209.98

  4. Eastwood Single Stage Urethane Slow Activator Quart
    Eastwood Single Stage Urethane Slow Activator Quart
    Eastwood 3:1 Urethane Activator Slow 80-90 Degrees F - Single Stage - 32oz
    EW SSU SLOW Activator Quart 80 degree and above
    $44.99
    $44.99
  5. Eastwood 3:1 Single Stage Medium Speed Urethane Activator 8oz
    Eastwood 3:1 Single Stage Medium Speed Urethane Activator 8oz
    Eastwood 3:1 Single Stage Urethane Activator Medium 70-80 Degrees F - 8oz
    Eastwood 3:1 Single Stage Medium Speed Urethane Activator 8oz
    $17.99
    $17.99
  6. 4:1 Premium Show Clear Kit 5 quarts eastwood
    4:1 Premium Show Clear Kit 5 quarts eastwood
    Eastwood 4:1 High Solids Urethane Premium Show Clear - 128oz
    Eastwood 4:1 Premium Show Clear Kit 5 quarts 15351ZP
    $230.98
    $230.98
  7. Eastwood 2:1 Urethane Clear Gallon and Activators
    Eastwood 2:1 Urethane Clear Gallon and Activators
    Eastwood 2:1 Urethane Clear and Activators for Automotive Car Paint - Gallon +
    Delivers the shine and miles-deep appearance of a show-quality finish

    Starting at$199.97

    Starting at$199.97

  8. Eastwood 4:1 Rat Rod Matte Clear for Automotive Car Paint - Gallon +
    Eastwood 4:1 Rat Rod Matte Clear for Automotive Car Paint - Gallon +
    Eastwood 4:1 Rat Rod Matte Clear for Automotive Car Paint - Gallon +
    Create a rat rod look with a matte car paint finish.

    Starting at$226.98

    Starting at$226.98

  9. Eastwood Intercoat Clear Kit 1 gallon
    Eastwood Intercoat Clear Kit 1 gallon
    Eastwood Intercoat Clear Kit for Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Clear urethane midcoat formulated for superior suspension of pearl and metallic flakes

    From $116.98

    To $118.98

    From $116.98

    To $118.98

  10. Eastwood Low VOC 4:1 High Solid Clear Gallon
    Eastwood Low VOC 4:1 High Solid Clear Gallon
    Eastwood 4:1 Low VOC High Solids Clear for Automotive Car Paint - Gallon
    Adds a beautiful gloss, with long-lasting UV protection; low-VOC
    $206.98
    $206.98
  11. Eastwood Candeez Salt Water Taffy Teal
    Eastwood Candeez Salt Water Taffy Teal
    Eastwood Candeez Salt Water Taffy Teal Basecoat - Automotive Car Paint - Quart
    Combines brilliant color with advanced high-solids urethane 2k technology

    Starting at$77.98

    Starting at$77.98

  12. Eastwood Candeez Silver Metallic Base
    Eastwood Candeez Silver Metallic Base
    Eastwood Candeez Silver Metallic Base - Basecoat - Automotive Car Paint - Quart
    For dramatic finishes, use this silver-metallic base under Candeez colors

    Starting at$75.98

    Starting at$75.98

  13. Eastwood Candeez Candy Pants Violet
    Eastwood Candeez Candy Pants Violet
    Eastwood Candeez Candy Pants Violet Basecoat - Automotive Car Paint - Quart
    Combines brilliant color with advanced high-solids urethane 2k technology

    Starting at$84.98

    Starting at$84.98

  14. Eastwood Gold Kulture Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Gold Kulture Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Gold Kulture Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Gold Kulture Super Flakes 50g
    $17.99
    $17.99
  15. Eastwood Shimmering Lemonhead Pearl 50g
    Eastwood Shimmering Lemonhead Pearl 50g
    Eastwood Shimmering Lemonhead Pearl 50g
    Eastwood Shimmering Lemonhead Pearl 50g
    $22.99
    $22.99
  16. Eastwood Candeez Blue By You
    Eastwood Candeez Blue By You
    Eastwood Candeez Blue By You Basecoat - Automotive Car Paint - Quart
    Combines brilliant color with advanced high-solids urethane 2k technology

    Starting at$76.98

    Starting at$76.98

  17. Eastwood Vintage Violet Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Vintage Violet Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Vintage Violet Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Vintage Violet Super Flakes 50g
    $17.99
    $17.99
  18. Eastwood Candeez Eye Candy Green
    Eastwood Candeez Eye Candy Green
    Eastwood Candeez Eye Candy Green Basecoat - Automotive Car Paint - Quart
    Combines brilliant color with advanced high-solids urethane 2k technology

    Starting at$77.98

    Starting at$77.98

  19. Eastwood A/Gas Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood A/Gas Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood A/Gas Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood A/Gas Super Flakes 50g
    $17.99
    $17.99
  20. Eastwood Matte Clear Quart Kit
    Eastwood Matte Clear Quart Kit
    Eastwood Matte Clear Quart Kit
    Premium acrylic urethane creates that distinctive, low-gloss finish

    Starting at$73.98

    Starting at$73.98

  21. Candeez Sugar Coat It Gold
    Candeez Sugar Coat It Gold
    Eastwood Candeez Sugar Coat It Gold Basecoat - Automotive Car Paint - Quart
    Combines brilliant color with advanced high-solids urethane 2k technology

    Starting at$21.99

    Starting at$21.99

  22. Eastwood Speeding Ticket Red Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Speeding Ticket Red Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Speeding Ticket Red Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Speeding Ticket Red Super Flakes 50g
    $18.99
    $18.99
  23. Eastwood AeroSpray Durable Paint 2K Aerosol High Gloss Clear Spray 11.8 Oz
    Eastwood AeroSpray Durable Paint 2K Aerosol High Gloss Clear Spray 11.8 Oz
    Eastwood AeroSpray Durable Spray Paint 2K Aerosol High Gloss Clear 11.8 Oz
    Precision of a 2-component coating without the paint gun
    $29.99
    $29.99
  24. Eastwood Blue Super Flakes
    Eastwood Blue Super Flakes
    Eastwood Blue Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Blue Super Flakes 50g
    $17.99
    $17.99
  25. Eastwood Candeez Vino Rojo
    Eastwood Candeez Vino Rojo
    Eastwood Candeez Vino Rojo Basecoat - Automotive Car Paint - Quart
    Combines brilliant color with advanced high-solids urethane 2k technology

    Starting at$79.98

    Starting at$79.98

  26. Eastwood Roadster Black Cherry Super Flakes
    Eastwood Roadster Black Cherry Super Flakes
    Eastwood Roadster Black Cherry Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Roadster Black Cherry Super Flakes 50g
    $17.99
    $17.99
  27. eastwood european clear 2:1 clearcoat
    eastwood european clear 2:1 clearcoat
    Eastwood 2:1 Urethane Clear - 32oz
    UV-resistant European resins; beautiful gloss and excellent depth of image
    $44.99
    $44.99
  28. Eastwood Starliner Black and Blue Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Starliner Black and Blue Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Starliner Black and Blue Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Starliner Black and Blue Super Flakes 50g
    $17.99
    $17.99
  29. Eastwood Molten Rubber Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Molten Rubber Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Molten Rubber Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Molten Rubber Super Flakes 50g
    $17.99
    $17.99
  30. POR15 Matte Clear Coat Quart
    POR15 Matte Clear Coat Quart
    POR15 Matte Clear Coat - 23.4oz
    Low Sheen Protective Clear Coat
    $120.19
    $120.19
  31. Dupli-Color 1K Clear 1KCM 1K CLEAR MATTE  Aerosol 12 OZ 1KCM
    Dupli-Color 1K Clear 1KCM 1K CLEAR MATTE  Aerosol 12 OZ 1KCM
    Dupli-Color 1K Clear 1KCM 1K CLEAR MATTE Aerosol 12 OZ 1KCM
    1K Clear Matte Aerosol - 12oz.
    $22.99
    $22.99
  32. eastwood 2k duraspray
    eastwood 2k duraspray
    Eastwood 2K DuraSpray Clear Coat Paint
    Strength, Durability and Performance of a Two Component Clear Coat in an Easy to Use Aerosol Can with Unlimited Potlife!

    Starting at$27.99

    Starting at$27.99

  33. Eastwood Winner White Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Winner White Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Winner White Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Winner White Super Flakes 50g
    $17.99
    $17.99
  34. Eastwood Bubbletop Silver Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Bubbletop Silver Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Bubbletop Silver Super Flakes 50g
    Eastwood Bubbletop Silver Super Flakes 50g
    $17.99
    $17.99
  35. Deluxe Silver Holographic Flakes
    Deluxe Silver Holographic Flakes
    Eastwood DeLuxe Silver Holographic Flakes 50g
    Eastwood DeLuxe Silver Holographic Flakes 50g
    $24.99
    $24.99

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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.