Flat Automotive Paint – A Comeback Trend?

There are some people who say that the scheme of the car’s paint says a lot about the driver more than the real car itself. Borne out by the decades of the customization, a number of whom manage to formulate even the Pinto Wagons look very sinister, while others have the outstanding talent of making even the coolest of cars look boring and outdated. The most essential part of choosing the paint scheme is to choose a theme that suits personality and the car, and then stick to it.

Flat is Back

The strongest activity in the current automotive market is flat paint or semi-gloss (suede) jobs. The coolest things about the flat paint is that it usually looks very good in just about any color, and can also give any car an extra worldly look while applying the bright colors like blue, yellow and red. The flat earth-tones are very classy and present any street-rod with an attractive original paint appearance.


When doing the flat paint job you’ll need specific supplies. For safety, it is advisable to use the respirator mask while sanding, spraying the primer and paint. The sanding creates a heavy toxic dust that when not well protected it can get into the respiratory system and lead to extreme damages over time. Both primer and paint are highly toxic. Latex gloves, goggles and the protective clothing can be worn.

The materials required to paint flat on your car are dual action slander, sandpaper, masking tape, primer, block slander, clear coat, paint of your choice and the flattening agent.

Preparing the Paint

Every flat paint job begins with the car’s surface preparation. Sand your car down with the dual action slander and the 80 grit sandpaper. Then clean it off and use the paper and masking tape to cover up any parts of your car that will not need painting. Spray two thin coats of primer, allowing each coat to dry at an average of 30 minutes. Lightly sand the primer with the 120 grit sandpaper and apply a long sanding lump to find any dings or dents. Repair the areas and then spray the primer on those areas. Sand the refurbished areas once more with the 120 grit sandpaper.

Painting Flat

Paint the car, using at least 3 or 4 light paint coats. The spraying strokes can be applied horizontally and overlapping each other. Begin at the vehicle’s roof, the hood and the trunk and then shift to the car’s side, spraying from the front towards the rear. Let each coat dry for 30 minutes before applying another.

Before spraying the clear coat, add the flattening agent to cut the gloss and shine and create the flat outlook. It is very essential to use the same brand products when painting the car, including the paint, primer, flattening agent and clear coat. Spray 3 thin coats of the flattened clear coat, allowing it an average of 30 minutes to dry between coats.

Many cars on our roads feature the flat paint come back trend. The glossy sheen usually creates a modern look, sleek with aesthetic effect. A new or classic car when customized with the flat paint finish makes it stand out from the rest.

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