What is the best part about owning a car? For some, it's all about the speed. For others, it's about the car's interior life. For most, it's about the extreme customization that you have at your fingertips. Everything from the engine to the interior to the muffler to the myriad of after market parts you can install in your car. One of the best ways to customize your car and let the whole world know that you've customized your car, is by painting it. Painting a car can seem like a terribly daunting task, but this article will serve to help you by guiding you on one of the most difficult decisions involving painting the exterior of your vehicle: choosing the right auto paint.
First and foremost, you should learn about the three things that constitute all auto paints: the carrier agent, the pigment, and the binder. The carrier agent is that which liquefies the resin and then makes sure that the chemical bonding that takes place when it is properly applied to the car will harden the material. The binder is what actually chemically alters the paint when it is applied to the car. It is the impetus for the chemical boding or hardening or setting of the paint. Finally, the pigment is the active ingredient in the paint that determines what color the paint is.
Urethane and Enamel
The binders that are present in your paint are made up of one of the three following materials: urethan, enamel, and lacquer. The first two of these three options are your best options when it comes to choosing a paint for your car; especially if you are a beginner car modder or painter.
Generally speaking, the application of urethane and enamel based binders will ensure that the paint will properly chemically bond to the car's surface, and you will be less likely to experience chipping, flaking and improper drying after your car's surface has been painted. Often times, urethane and enamel are also significantly cheaper than lacquer, as well.
Lacquer is another option that you might have at your fingertips, but it should be noted that lacquer binders are quite difficult to come by and are illegal in a number of states in the United States. The reason being is that lacquer can be flammable and as such, it can provide a great risk for those that are using it on an automobile, which, of course, is filled with combustibles such as gasoline.
The reason that lacquer is desired by many car customization enthusiasts is simple, it goes on smoothly and provides a glossy look that is hard to replicate by utilizing urethane or enamel binders. Having said this, lacquer also has a number of disadvantages to it, as well.
First and foremost, lacquer can become quite brittle over time and must be maintained on a regular basis. Many neophyte customization enthusiasts improperly apply lacquer, which can lead to it flaking or cracking within a year or so of its original application. The reason why lacquer is subject to breaking and becoming brittle is due to the fact that, while urethane and enamel chemically bond to the surface of a vehicle, lacquer merely dries on the surface of the vehicle.
Urethane and enamel ensure that the paint becomes an integral part of the car, while lacquer simply serves to make the car look nice. Lacquer is also a serious pollutant, which is another reason it is banned in numerous states.
Buying and applying car paint for the first time might seem like a daunting task, but, hopefully, this brief article has given you some insight and tips regarding this phenomenon!