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Adding color to a car is a bit more complex than simply slapping a coat of paint on the body.

Modern-day automobile paint is applied in several layers, with a total thickness of just 0.1 millimeters.

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First, the car’s body is dipped in an electrocoat paint, or an “E-coat.” This helps the other paint layers stick.

After that, the car is primed, which protects the body and also makes the basecoat easier to apply. The basecoat is the color you see when you look at your car.

There are three categories of basecoat pigments:

  1. Solid
  2. Metallic
  3. Pearlescent

Finally, the car is covered in a clearcoat, which protects the paint against the elements.

Beth Sawicki About the author:
Beth Sawicki is a content editor at Rare. Email her at Beth@Rare.us.
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