Tag: Auto

What are the Different Types of Auto Paint? (with pictures)

Auto paint has changed dramatically since the late 1800s, and today’s market offers no less than four different types to choose from. Let’s take a quick look at the different kinds of auto paint and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

A man painting a car.
A man painting a car.

The four basic types of paint available today are: acrylic lacquer, acrylic enamel, acrylic urethane and water-based. We’ll drop “acrylic” and simply refer to them as lacquers, enamels, urethanes and water-based.

For auto body repairs, the body of the a vehicle must be properly prepared before paint can be applied.
For auto body repairs, the body of the a vehicle must be properly prepared before paint can be applied.

Lacquer-based auto paint was

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Health Risks Associated With Auto Body Painting Materials

by Chris Stevenson

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Auto body and paint shops use caustic, flammable and carcinogenic chemicals in their line of work, more than in the automotive repair trade. The health risks associated with auto body painting materials can be long-lasting and serious to the employee, and even customers, if the proper steps to implement safety precautions and certified equipment are not enforced. Every person entering or in the auto body paint trade, including current employees, should be aware of the numerous health risks they face each day.

Flammable Substances and Burns

Automotive paint prepared with reducers and lacquer thinner pose

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What Kind of Auto Body Paint is the Best?

Choosing to paint your own motor vehicle will raise the issue of selecting an appropriate auto body paint for the job. There are many different products available on the market, but many of these are now considered inferior compared to the latest formulations of color and clearcoats. Before painting your vehicle, it will be highly beneficial to make yourself aware of the options available. Most vehicles produced today are painted using a two tier system that sees the panels of the car painted with the relevant color before being covered in a clearcoat. While the color is usually laid to

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