Which Car Paint should I choose?

Types of car paint


Solid paints are the most basic stock colours that manufacturers traditional designate amongst their model ranges. They are called solid paints as they come in basic shades and do not contain any metallic fleck. They are usually available on the base models and generally are cheaper to produce therefore aimed at more price sensitive buyers. For the most part, they are white, black, red or blue. Although considered the more boring colours, some buyers prefer these colours specifically as well as traditionally being easier to colour match when needing a bumper repair or car paint repair. Commercial vehicles such as trucks and vans are the most common uses of solid colours with the primarily white most favoured.


Metallic colours are similar to solid paints, but are designed to add a little sparkle by very small metal flakes to the paint. The powdered metal particles capture and reflect sunlight, giving it an unmistakable sheen. You tend to find that manufacturer’s add metallic colours to their model ranges in order to charge a little more for this enhanced appearance. Generally speaking Metallic paint does cost more than solid paints. Metallic paints are readily available in today’s marketplace and are generally considered to be more attractive, particularly after a professional buff and polish.


Pearlescent or Pearl paints are similar to metallic paints, only instead of a powdered metal, it makes use of powdered ceramic scales. Instead of simply reflecting light as metallic paints do, pearl paints capture and refracts light, splitting it up to different colours. It gives out a differently shaded look depending on the angle of incidence, the creases and curves of the body and the colour of the base paint itself. This appearance creates an depth effect which has become very popular on high end vehicles.

Top five most popular car colours

According to a 2015 survey made by, the following shades are the most popular among new car buyers around the world.

  • Black- 31.04
  • White- 19.60%
  • Silver- 13.10%
  • Dark grey- 9.10%
  • Grey- 6.50%

Pros and cons of varying car colours

Not every colour is equal when it comes to choosing car paint and for the most part, car colour choice is an emotional decision more than a logical one. Should you introduce logic into the equation, here are a few things you should know.

  • Unique or obscure colours might be perfect for you but may limit your potential buyers when you are ready to sell.
  • Black is beautiful, but hard to maintain, will highlight dust, scratches and circular buff marks, although a superior buff and polish can remove the swirl marks.
  • White looks good, is popular and easy to repair, but will show mud splashes and is forgiving in summer.
  • Champagne is the best of both worlds and it even ages quite well!
  • Pearl colours do look great but are generally more expensive to repair should you need a minor paint or bumper repair.

Just remember that the maintenance is not a major issue, so you should ultimately go with the colour that appeals to you the most.

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