Showing posts with label 1-Stage 2-Stage 3-Stage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1-Stage 2-Stage 3-Stage. Show all posts

Sunday, February 2, 2014

3-Stage, Candy or Tri-Coat Paint

Camaro with 3-Stage Pearl paint in process at Almost Everything Auto Body

What is Three Stage Paint?
Three stage paint jobs have the most depth and sometimes appear to change color as a car drives by. The most common three stage paint is pearl white. Intense "Candy Apple Red" and similar paint jobs are also 3-stage. They achieve effects that regular one- and two-stage paints can't. The trick is a middle stage of paint that is translucent (partially transparent.) The middle layers can have a second color and/or pearl dust, mica and metallic flakes in it that allows light to reflect off of the base coat and the various elements differently than if the same elements were simply mixed together in regular paint. The middle stage changes the color of the base stage. It also adds the sparkle or color shifting effect of the pearl, metal or mica flake. In addition, by varying the thickness of the mid-coat layers, you can create increasing variations in the way the paint reacts with light. So at one angle you see one color and level of sparkle and irridescense then at another angle it may look dramatically more light, dark, irridescent or even a different color entirely.

Cost
Three stage paints require a vehicle to be painted three times, as opposed to one or two times with a normal paint job. So there is more labor and materials involved. Additionally, the additives for the middle stage, like pearl dust, are often expensive materials (pearl dust can really be ground-up pearls and mother of pearl.) And last, 3-stage paint jobs take a tremendous amount of skill. So the people who do them well get paid well. A three-stage paint job is not one to pick on a tight budget.

Maintenance
In everyday use, three stage paints should be treated just like any other paint. If possible, park in a garage to minimize fading from the sun. Wash off contaminants as soon as possible. Common paint killers are bug splatter, bird droppings and chemicals that fall on the car as dust or mist. And finally, protect the paint with a good, quality wax. Good waxes are typically the type that you put on, let dry, then work like the dickens to polish back off. If you have a sore arm after applying wax to one fender, it is probably a decent wax. We suggest finding a good detailer and paying him/her to wax your car once or twice a year.

Three stage paints can be difficult or impossible to duplicate if you ever have an accident and need to repair a portion of the paint job. A slight variation in one of the three different paint processes can result in a dramatically different appearance from the rest of the car. Repairs on a vehicle with a manufacturer standard 3-stage paint require a larger repaint area than other paint jobs. For example, a dent on one door may require blending paint across the entire side of the vehicle. For custom or non-standard finishes, you will probably need to repaint the entire vehicle to avoid strange variations in colors and intensities.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe Painted and Customized!

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe.  This rare 2 door SUV came to us with a failing paintjob that was done by a shop with "substandard" prepping procedures.  The last time this Tahoe was painted, the body wasnt even cleaned or scuffed prior to applying new paint, causing the freshly sprayed paint to lift.  We removed all of the "lifted" areas to bare metal to ensure that our new paint would adhere without a doubt.  This truck was refinished using our "Two Stage Urethane Paint" for an extremely close to factory finish, a deep wet shine, and a paint that will last through years of exposure to the elements!

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Friday, August 31, 2012

2006 Ford Mustang

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 2006 Ford Mustang, the owner had some repairs done which included replacing the rear bumper, instead of matching it to his stock grey paint he decided to go with a much more agressive paint scheme; deep non-metallic black, with two shelby inspired racing stripes.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

1995 Ford Mustang

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 1995 Ford Mustang Convertible. The owner did not want to keep his fading, red factory paint. He opted to change the color to our "black cherry effect," a deep black paint with red metallic flake.

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Mustang before new auto paint at Almost Everything Auto Body
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Mustang Convertible with new auto paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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Mustang before new auto paint at Almost Everything Auto Body
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Mustang Convertible with new auto paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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Mustang before new auto paint at Almost Everything Auto Body
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Mustang Convertible with new auto paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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Mustang before new auto paint at Almost Everything Auto Body
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Mustang Convertible with new auto paint from Almost Everything Auto Body



Saturday, August 11, 2012

1997 Toyota Rav4

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 1997 Toyota RAV4. This small SUV had a color change. It was originally green and was changed to red.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

1998 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE URETHANE PAINT PACKAGE

THIS 1998 ECLIPSE CAME TO ALMOST EVERYTHING AUTOBODY TO HAVE THE PAINT COLOR CHANGED AND BODY REPAIR DONE. THE CAR HAD THE DELAMINATING PAINT AND CHIPS AND SCRATCHES REPAIR THEN THE CAR WAS REPAINTED WITH TOUGH, LONG-LASTING URETHANE
PEELING PAINT



BODY REPAIR DRIVERS DOOR

SUPREME PAINT (BLACK PEARL)



SINGLE STAGE PAINT JOB (BLACK PEARL).WE REMOVED THE REAR TAIL FOR BETTER PAINT COVERAGE AND TO REPAIR PEELING CLEAR COAT. ANOTHER HAPPY CAR THAT LEFT FREMONTALMOST EVERTHING WITH A TWINKLE IN ITS (EYE) HEADLIGHTS

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