Car Paint 101: Metallic Paint VS. Non-Metallic Paint

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Which type of paint suits your car best?

When it comes to vehicle paints, the owner has the option to either use metallic paint or non-metallic paint. But, do you know the differences between these two types of paint?

Differences between Metallic & Non-Metallic Paint

Its very simple: Metallic paint is the shiny paint while non-metallic is the matte version. Frequently, metallic paint types are seen more in cars and SUVs (Sport-Utility Vehicles) than in bigger vehicles such as buses, coaches or trucks.

Metallic Paint

Metallic PaintMetallic paint incorporates little pieces of metal into the paint mix that provide sheen to the paint finish. The metal fragments allow for better light reflection, giving the effect of a brilliant, shiny finish. When there is proper lighting, the metallic paint gives off that sparkling, shiny finish that makes the car look great.

Due to a higher cost associated with metallic car paint, it is commonly applied to new and small vehicles. Although some car owners do go for a matte finish, a significant percentage of car owners prefer the new-air-like-effect of metallic paint.

Metallic paint is also harder to repair when it gets damaged. The good news is that is very effective at hiding imperfections.

Non-metallic paint

Non-Metallic Paint

Non-metallic paint provides a solid matte effect when used on vehicles. Unlike metallic paint, there are no metal fragments in the paint solution, so it appears to be one solid color.

The matte paint is a more convenient choice for larger vehicles like buses, coaches, and trucks. Because large vehicles are mostly run for business, cost efficiency is essential. It would be too expensive to use metallic paint to large vehicles when there is really no need for the vanity in it.

Unlike metallic paint, non-metallic paint is inexpensive and comes with several maintenance benefits. Minor stone chips can be repaired with a touch-up pen of the same color, that you can find at your local large motoring store.

Regardless the paint type of your vehicle, should you need paint repair, contact Auto Rehab for an appointment or to request a FREE QUOTE.


We have ample experience in paintless dent removal in the Denver area, and it goes beyond any make and model you can imagine! So, if you still have un-repaired hail damage or dings & dents and can’t stand to see those “eyesores” on your vehicle anymore, or if you are going to sell it and want to maximize its re-selling value, then come to Auto Rehab to make your car look new again!

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