Colour Formulation of Car and Motorcylce Series

Colour Formulation of Car and Motorcylce Series

What is meant by standard colours for cars or motorcycles? These are any colours for vehicles, in two-layer or three-layer version, formulated with high-quality solvent or water-based resins.

Depending on the year of registration of the vehicle, some colours may only be formulated on waterbase. As mentioned in earlier blog posts, the paints used in the automotive industry consist mainly of different chemical compounds. These define its properties and functions. By and large, a series colour in its composition contains the following components:

  • Binder: compacts the various components of the paint.
  • Pigment: conferes colour or a peculiar effect (solid, metallic, etc.).
  • Solvent: adjusts the fluidity of the paint.
  • Additives: they are used to achieve a certain behavior of the paint, e.g. to improve its gloss or its plasticity.

Where do you find the colour code of a vehicle?

If the car or motorcycle needs to be painted, for example after a scratch or because the paint has lost its original colour, one must know the exact colour code of the vehicle. In this way, car and paint manufacturers can determine exactly which original paint corresponds to the car or motorbike when leaving the factory.

This usually consists of numbers or numbers and letters, depending on the brand. If we are told the exact color code, here at Colourfox we guarantee that the selected paint corresponds a 100% the original colour tone of your car or motorcycle.

The location of the code may vary by manufacturer. Thus, it may be mounted on a sticker or sheet attached to the edges or frame of the doors, to the hood, in the trunk door or other similar locations.

For motorcycles, the code can be found on a sticker or sheet placed under the seat or on the chassis. So if you need to repaint or restore parts that lack paint or have a deep scratch, just pass us this code and will formulate the colour you need.



The vehicle manufacturers carry 8 to 12 colours in their catalogs: one-coat paints, two-coat paints opaque, metallic and pearly. The pigment gives the paint the colour and the binder ensures the gloss. Therefore, the type of binder defines the generic name of the varnish: acrylic, synthetic, waterborn, etc. It is also identified by its type of pigment: opaque, metallic, pearlescent ...

Metal pigments: aluminum particles that transfer the metal image to the paint and provide a high degree of opacity. The metallic effect is achieved depending on the particle size (fine, medium or thick) and shape (irregular or lenticular).

Pearlescent pigments: consist of metal oxide coated mica. The tone can be bluish, greenish, reddish, etc.

Special pigments: very characteristic particles, e.g. thermochromatic or colour-changing pigments, used in certain paints.
Posted on 2019-09-25 SPECIAL EFFECTS 0 4843

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