Color. It’s the first impression of any car and by far the most important. Why do you think car dealerships carry fifteen of the same car but all in different colors? People will either hand over the cash for a new one or turn around and walk away over this one detail. Today, car paint has since become more complicated and sophisticated than in the days when people couldn’t afford to pick between colors. Car paint technology has come so far that now you can add a ceramic coating Maryland to your car’s exterior. To take the mystery out of this all-important vehicle trait, here are a few interesting facts you didn’t know about how cars are painted.
Hand-Painted Cars to Electrocoated Stars
When they were first were mass-produced in the early twentieth century, cars were painted by hand. On top of using a paintbrush to do this large job, each car that came through the assembly line needed at least two coats, each taking several days to dry. Technology slowly evolved over the next decade so that cars were being spray-painted in temperature-controlled booths by the mid-2010s.
The most recent advancement in painting cars is the method of electrification, which is a process that is especially helpful in covering more complex body shapes since car panels are dipped in an electrically charged solution. This helps the paint adhere to the surface with almost perfect uniformity.
Bland Colors Rule
Despite all the exotic colors that can be applied to cars today, the “achromatic” colors make up a vast majority of the cars on the road today, which include white, black, and gray. In fact, nearly forty percent of all cars on the road are white while the other forty percent are black and gray. This is because car color actually has an effect on the value of the car since those with more unusual hues are less likely to sell.
Adding Protection Post-Paint
If you like the color of your car so much that you want to save it from fading, the ceramic coating process is a must. A ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that bonds to the existing paint, creating an added layer of protection that shields it from UV damage, chemical stains, and etching, all while making it even easier to clean.
Each of these interesting facts could help you decide on your next car and how you want to care for it.