The most important decision that follows after deciding to buy a car is the colour of your new drive. It’s crucial, its definite and its FOREVER (well, almost)! To top it all off, there come the different types of paints with each its pros’ and cons’. Then, there’s the budget issue. Sometimes, the paint job cost as much as the car itself. But if you could afford it, then there are varieties of colours and shades you could experiment with to enhance your car’s appearance.

1. SOLID PAINT

This is the basic paint that comes in limited colours (mostly, white, grey, blue and black). Solid colours are a one-layer colour which is later covered with a clear coat (lacquer coat) to make it withstand the weather and pollutants. This paint doesn’t involve additional charges, as they are the basic paint used on most cars. But keep in mind that this coating, though with a protective clear coat, will not last very long and will fade in time.

2. METALLIC PAINT

This happens to be a favourite choice for us Malaysians. Metallic paints are solid paint mixed with a bit of metal (aluminum powder). This, on the other hand, reflects light as it touches the surface of the car, giving your wheels a more prominent and shiny appearance. It’s good for hiding scratches as well. The prices don’t differ much from solid paints but if you decide to repaint the same colour on your faded/damaged car surface, finding the exact same tone will be quite impossible. We would suggest bringing the car back to its provider to repaint as they would have the exact tone your car needs.

3. MATTE FINISHING

Matte finishing is a mixture of solid paint with a dulling sort of ingredient, like PVC powder or flattening agents, to give it a smooth non-shiny look. Luxury cars such as BMW has been known to release cars in this finishing but to those who would like similar effect, you could get it done at most local paint shops. The matte finishing is quite expensive but the intimidating and prominent after effect is so worth it. Scratches made on this surface are quite noticeable so be sure to avoid woodsy rocky grounds.

4. IRIDESCENT PAINT

Metallic paints reflect light which gives a shiny surface outlook. Iridescent paints (solid paint mixed with ceramic crystals), on the other hand, not just reflect light but refracts it as well. The outcome? It will give a shiny two-colour or more tone on the car surface when it comes in contact with light. This is an expensive paint, mostly seen in Audi’s, and need to be requested. Want a head-turning, eye-catching paint for your car? Go for iridescent paints.

So, we have laid down the types of paints you’ll come across during the buying process. But what colour is the best colour for your car?

Most people think light colours, such as white and silver are less accident prone but research shows that this has very less to do with road mishaps. Apparently, cars with Daytime Running Lights (DRL) has a better chance of avoiding accidents than light colour paints. That being said, rare and sporty colours (like yellow) will have a less depreciation value when/ if you decide to sell your car later on.