Single Stage Paint System
Single Stage Paint
paints include Acrylic Enamel, Acrylic Lacquer, and Synthetic
Enamel. These types of paint were commonly used in automotive paints
up until the late 1980’s until the release of two stage paints,
although some manufacturers still use single stage paint, often on
black, white and red paint finishes.
paint have the advantage of having deeper colors and can be polished
to a gloss that looks better than a two stage paint system. Their downfall is their
lack of durability. Single stage paints are very soft and can easily be scratched and damaged
and are prone to oxidizing when exposed to the elements.
Two Stage Paint System (Basecoat/Clearcoat)
|Two Stage Paint
early 1990s, auto manufacturers have switched to Two Stage Paint,
also known as Basecoat/Clearcoat, for most of their vehicles. The new paint system offers many
advantages over the Single Stage paint that has
been used since the introduction of the automobile to the market.
Two Stage Paint are more durable; they
last longer and are harder to damage. They are also more
environmentally friendly than their single stage
counterpart. If your vehicle was produced after 1990, there is
a very good chance it will have this paint system.
Stage Paint has a single thick coat of color paint over the primer,
Two stage paint uses a thin
layer of color paint covered by a thin layer of colorless (clear)
paint. The clearcoat provides protection by
being very durable and hard. It also makes the paint shine
when it is in good condition.
Three Stage Paint System
Three stage paint (Tricoat Paint)
Tricoat or 3 stage
paint is a variation on the basecoat/clearcoat process.
In a Tricoat, a layer or clearcoat is mixed with either
a little bit of color to create a translucent layer or
with metal flakes or perls to make the paint more
reflective. This layer sits in between the
basecoat and the clearcoat layer.