Chameleon Car Paint: Understanding the Pros and Cons

January 27, 2012

Chameleon car paint, when properly applied, can create an unusual color effect for your car. Custom car paint jobs using chameleon paint enable the vehicle to seemingly change colors when seen in varying degrees of light and at different angles. This type of paint always causes a conversation, because two people rarely see the vehicle as the exact same color. However, there are a few things about chameleon paint that you should consider before rushing out to get this type of paint job. Here are some of the pros and cons associated with chameleon car paint.

Pros of Chameleon Paint

  • Adds a Totally Unique Look to Your Car - If you are looking for a paint job that will help your car stand out from the mundane and ordinary in the crowd, then chameleon car paint might be just the thing you're looking for. By creating an effect for your vehicle that seems to cause the color of your car to suddenly change in a second or two, your vehicle will never be viewed the same twice. People are sure to comment on the paint job of your vehicle, and the color variations a quality chameleon paint job can provide can seem almost endless.
  • May Add Value to Your Car - Because a chameleon paint job creates a very noticeable and unique effect for a vehicle, it also causes the vehicle to be noticed frequently and could very likely create an interest in others to purchase it. It is not uncommon for owners of vehicles with quality paint jobs to be offered amounts considerably more than for vehicles with ordinary or standard car paint color schemes. Many buyers are willing to pay a premium for a vehicle that already has a cool paint effect, as they don't need to speculate about different types of colors and effects. They simply purchase the vehicle with the paint job they want and pay more for it.

Cons of Chameleon Paint

  • Very Expensive - Although chameleon paint can create some pretty awesome color effects for a vehicle, it does come with a lofty price tag. Depending on the brand and type of chameleon paint (some paints offer more visual color changes than others), you should expect to pay between $250 and $600 per pint. Most vehicles will require between 2 and 4 pints for adequate coverage. If you want the job done professionally, be prepared to shell out about $3,000 minimum, and in most cases know that a top quality chameleon paint job can run between $10,000 and $12,000.
  • Less Shine When Compared to Other Types of Paint - Because of the way chameleon paint is formulated, it is difficult to produce true showroom quality gloss or shine on the vehicle. People that have chameleon paint on their vehicles often complain about the hours and hours of work needed to maintain only 'average' quality gloss or shine.
  • Results May Be Hard to Predict - When mixing car paint of this type, results can be very difficult to predict. There are many factors to consider, such as the primer color used, quality of the paint and any effect or other additives. Even the most professional of chameleon paint applications seldom turn out exactly as planned.
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