Custom paint jobs and graphics are gaining popularity in late model and ‘plain’ cars as well as classic restorations and full tune jobs. Many see it as a way to take an ordinary car and turn it into something special and unique. Adding to this trend is cars simply last long and are more resistant to rust and corrosion than 20 years ago. With more decent quality affordable cars available many are choosing to spend extra on customisations after purchase.


Complete colour changes are popular of course. Whether because age and sun have faded and dulled the old or simple desire for a new look or colour and new car finish it is often chosen over purchase of a newer car now. In selecting the colour it ranges from common to exotic. Colour changing paints like the ones produced by ChromaFlair are popular giving different colour based on light angle and direction of viewing.

Custom Paints and Graphics

Bespoke graphic designs vary from classic flames to full murals. Unlike the vans from years past which used a factory mural paint or the common vinyl graphics and therefore all the same each design is hand done and quality depends on the artist and shop doing the work.

Custom Paints and Graphics

Considering Custom Paint Work?

First and foremost look for references and to see actual cars they have worked on. It is too easy to get great looking pictures from an angle that does not show orange peel (slight dimpling like the texture of an orange peel) from poorly applied paint. If possible try to find a car that was done a couple years before to see how the paint has stood up and if it maintained its gloss. It is easy for a new paint job to look great 3 days later but better to judge quality of work after a couple winters and summers of weathering.

Ask to see facilities if you are unsure. Though quality airbrush work can be done without full on paint booths it is virtually impossible for a full body paint job to look professional without them. Even for airbrush artists little knowledge of painting is needed to determine if the area is clean and free of dust which could ruin the finished product. Claims of not needing to tape and mask and 24 hour turn around should be viewed with great scepticism.

Paint booths with professional level drying lamps and pro grade Scot Industrial Air compressors are signs of professional quality. To some extent price may be indicative as quality auto paint is expensive and quality painters have no problem charging top tier prices and staying booked solid. High price is not however a guarantee of quality.

To save on costs there are places available that rent paint booths to DIY customers and allow the customer to do all the work. This may be an enjoyable task for some, but it is unlikely to be absolute best quality on the first attempt.

On the occasion of the 30th birthday of the Mercedes-Benz G model, HAMANN-Motorsport acknowledges the legendary all-terrain vehicle with a comprehensive tuning programme. With more

Ready for its world premiere: the extensive product range for the BMW Z4 by AC Schnitzer. The Aachen-based tuning specialist has further optimised the brand-new classic more

Let's face it, in the history of BMW there has been no better BMW 3 series convertible, besides the M3. If you like to drive fast and topless, here you are seated just right. more

Already for the eights time, HAMANN-Motorsport presents its exclusive refining program at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In hall 5.0, exhibition stand B.32, the renowned more

A few months ago we bothered you with a camouflaged look of our latest high-performance Mustang - now, in advance of its expected debut in a few short weeks, we are showing off and more

The name of this vehicle is a show in itself: C6.BlackforceOne. It is clearly reminiscent of the legendary Boeing Air Force One of the United States president more

The latest generation of the MANSORY Chopster – a holistic SUV artwork with the exclusiveness and precise processing of a Swiss clockwork MANSORY, the more

Latest creation from AVUS PERFORMANCE is something special for all Audi fans, especially those who remember the Ur-Quattro with its blistering 5 cyl. turbo sound. The remake by Audi is better more

The T-models from Mercedes-Benz are extremely popular, since they combine luxury, sportiness and the generous passenger-compartment space of an estate car in perfection. At the more

The Fiat 695 Abarth Tributo Ferrari makes its world debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. This new performance version of the Fiat 500 Abarth confirms the link more