The Best Car Paint to Use for Protection and Shine

February 22, 2012

Choose the best car paint for your budget using this guide to economy, premium and specialty car paint products.

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If you need to repaint your car or repair paint damage, you might be interested in knowing which brands of car paint are the highest rated. Opinions and ratings for car paint products vary considerably, and there will always be debate over which products are really the best. While it is difficult to say which product is truly the best for any particular type of paint job or application, there are some brands that are often mentioned more than others.

Economy Paints
Paint costs often dictate how much you will ultimately be charged for a paint job. Just because a car paint is inexpensive does not mean that you shouldn't expect a quality product. With that in mind, many customers have reported receiving quality paint jobs that were done with the relatively inexpensive brands. If you're looking for a highly rated economy car paint that provides a good finish, holds up well and provides a lot of value, then consider Sherwin-Williams, Trinity 1945 and Diamond.

For an average midsize sedan, the cost needed to purchase enough paint for the entire car should run you less than $200. Although these brands are more expensive than cheap Chinese import brands, they provide a much better finish and last for a much longer period of time.

Premium Quality Paint
If you're looking for a premium quality paint that will provide a beautiful finish for your car, hold up for many years and is easy to buff and wax, you need the brands of paint among the highest rated. Consider a quality paint from the following companies:

  • 3M
  • BASF
  • Diamont
  • DuPont
  • House of Kolor
  • NOF
  • PPG
  • Standox

Prices for premium quality paints vary considerably, and most manufacturers in this list have varying grades and types of premium quality paints. You can expect to pay between $100 and $1,000 per quart for paints produced by the above companies. You'll be able to save some money if you spend some time comparing prices and shopping for deals and promotions on premium quality paints.

Specialty Paint Products
Sometimes, a paint job requires specialty products designed for specific types of painting. For instance, if you need to paint the interior of your vehicle, you would never use a standard exterior paint for the job. There are also specialty paints that create unique effects such as the shimmering effect offered by a metallic paint, or the ability of a chameleon paint to make the vehicle seemingly change colors in an instant. Here is a list specialty products considered to be among the best available:

  • Interior paint:3M and DuPont
  • Metallic paint:House of Kolor, NOF and Standox
  • Chameleon paint: Resene Santano, Nippon and Kansai

Prices for interior paint will run you from $10 to $20 for a normal sized spray can. For chameleon or metallic paint, expect to pay up to about $500 to $600 per pint.

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