As specialists in vehicle paint protection, we’ve seen a few car paint colours in our time. So, in this article, we thought we’d share a few of the colours we’ve seen come and go over our decades in the business. Remember, if you’ve found the perfect colour, we can help you protect it from our studios in North Hampshire. You’ll find us in Rotherwick, close to Hook and Basingstoke.
A closer look at car colours from vehicle paint protection specialists:
Over our decades in the automotive industry, we’ve seen vehicle paint colour trends come and go… Moving from solid to metallic, to pearlescent and back to solid colours. We’ve seen sombre hues to retina-burning vivid colours, as well as gloss and matte finishes.
Fifty shades of grey:
In 2018 and 2019 one in five new cars bought in the U.K. were grey. And we see plenty of grey on the roads around Hook and Basingstoke.
Of course, there are some really nice shades of grey that have a bit more depth and character than silver (which was always a default, non-offensive choice). Grey paintwork can show off the shape of a car and can be teased to a beautiful, rich gloss. It’s also far easier to look after and live with than black. Grey might not be the most exciting colour from the palette, but neither is it likely to offend anyone when it comes to resale value.
Some notable greys are Audi’s Nardo Grey, somewhat unfairly described by some as ‘primer grey’. This has been hugely popular. Other manufacturers have followed in pushing the boundaries of grey, for example, Porsche with their super pale version, called Crayon.
More than PPF:
At PPF On My Car, we are part of, and trade as Auto Curators Ltd. While this arm of the business is all about vehicle paint protection, as Auto Curators (based in North Hampshire, close to Hook and Basingstoke), we offer further detailing services.
When we’ve carried out a full detail, dark paint colours tend to show off our hard work better. For us, that’s very rewarding, and customers can easily see a big difference in the before and after shots. Lighter colours can be more forgiving, hiding light scratches and swirls. It’s definitely harder to get a really sharp, crisp gloss from a white or pale silver car, but we can, and it really makes the car stand out when it’s on the road with other cars.
Stepping outside the box:
When it comes to automotive pop culture, some colours are readily associated with particular marques. But, from a personal perspective and I know it might be considered sacrilege, I’d have a Ferrari in almost any colour other than traditional red! For me, something like a Ferrari F12 – a front-engined, V12 GT car, doesn’t look any better than in the rich, luxurious Tour de France blue, with a tan leather interior.
Our Team Picks:
Paul: For me, it isn’t easy to pick a favourite car and colour. So many iconic cars spring to mind. The black Lamborghini Countach at the start of the Cannonball Run film looks so sleek and menacing. An aforementioned Ferrari F12 in Tour de France blue, a silver 1954 Mercedes 300SL with its dramatic gullwing doors. But if I could pick just one car, for me, it would have to be the Speedbird Yellow RUF CTR ‘Yellow Bird’. A modified Porsche 911, co-star of a video as it was driven by the rallying legend Water Rohrl, around the Nurburgring at full tilt. Watch it fly HERE.
Matt: Easy for me… The 1968 Lamborghini Miura, in Arancio Orange, that featured in the 1969 film, The Italian Job. Beautiful! Watch it HERE.
If you have a car in your favourite paint colour and want to keep it looking super sharp. Talk to us about vehicle paint protection. Contact us HERE to book your car in at our North Hampshire studio close to Hook & Basingstoke.