There are a few different types of paint that someone can purchase for their vehicle. Whether you are trying to complete a restoration or you simply want to change the color of your car, it may beneficial to residents to know a little more about automotive paint. Town ‘n’ Country residents should know the similarities and differences of enamel paints and lacquer paints. Although they are both automotive paints, they are not created equally. Usually unless it is requested by the car owner, new paint jobs will most likely be an enamel based paint.
What’s so special about Enamel Paints?
Enamel paints are used nowadays because they are more durable and also cheaper. They are available in both aerosol cans as well as spray guns, and these paints are definitely long-lived but do not lay down as easily as lacquer paint. When getting a new coat of automotive paint, Town ‘n’ Country residents should know that enamel paints use a process that allows polymers in the paint to set and bond together so when the paint hardens, it will not soften again. On the other hand, lacquer paint dries when the solvent has evaporated and can soften again over time.
Then Why Do We Still Use Lacquer Paints?
Lacquer based paints came first and started as a finish for cars in the mid 20’s that remained quite popular until the 1960’s. This type of paint is difficult to work with and requires sanding between coats and about four to six coats on automobiles. This is still found and commonly used by many. These paints are soft and do not have many chemicals. Thus, they are not durable or long-lived. Usually with lacquer automotive paint, Town ‘n’ Country residents would be applying it to an antique car or used in a restoration project. As there is a very small market for lacquer paints, some auto body shops do not carry lacquer paints, and should check ahead of time.
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