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A car is parked at night with a lights lining the highway behind it. The car is iridescent with greens, blues, and some pink.
There are many unusual paint options for car owners looking to stand out.

The first cars available for purchase did not offer a variety of color choices. All the vehicles were in black because the luxury was owning a car, not the color. Now there are a variety of colors and styles for auto paint, and you can have any or all of them on your car.

Auto painting is no longer about applying a coat and making sure it is even. Giving a vehicle depth and a unique appearance takes skill and training.

Bright colors

According to PPG, the most popular car colors are still monochromatic: white, black, and silver. This year has seen a lot of blues and oranges from manufacturers. But custom paints are a whole other game.

A bright orange Lexus sits on a wide road with trees in the background.
The Molten Pearl on a Lexus is one of many combinations luxury car owners might find enticing.

Car owners who want a custom paint job usually want a unique color. For example, a Molten Pearl Lexus or Austin Yellow BMW are not vehicles you see every day. These colors are not offered by the vehicle makers and it takes a professional auto body shop to do the work.

Bright and unique colors are striking on luxury vehicles as well. A Bentley isn’t offered by the maker in bright blue, but it is possible with a custom auto paint job. If you are a fan of maroon, you can have a Rolls Royce painted that color. And colors are not limited to just one color per vehicle any longer. A car can have a variety of shades and designs.

Changing tones

a few people stand and talk behind a seemingly iridescent purple, blue, and red sportscar.
TVR, a British sports car manufacturer, has a variety of color-changing paint for their vehicles.

The possibilities are endless with custom auto paint jobs. Want the exterior of your car to change colors? An iridescent paint detail creates different color tones in different lighting, and is an emerging trend among car enthusiasts.

In 2011, Range Rover created a custom Spectral Amber ChromaFlair option that features tones of lemon and lime. An incredible color changing paint detail was created on a BMW X6 with “thermochromic” paint that changes with heat. As hot water is poured on the vehicle, The Incredible Hulk appears. While this is definitely on the rare (and expensive) side, it demonstrates the breadth of possibilities for drivers looking to customize their paint.

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The hottest auto paint trends for 2018
The hottest auto paint trends for 2018
Auto paint has changed since the first cars on the road. Here are some of the newest (and most expensive) car paint jobs you may see trending this year.

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