​These Gorgeous Stones Are Actually Polished Chunks Of Car Paint

You won't find Fordite digging through your backyard. It's also called Detroit Shale, but it's not a mineral or a gemstone. It's actually dozens of layers of baked paint culled from auto factories and polished into everything from pebbles to earrings. It could be the most Jalopnik jewelry in existence, if there is… » 5/23/14 9:00pm 5/23/14 9:00pm

Nissan's Ingenious Plan To Eliminate Car Washes Just Might Work

I have mixed feelings on car washes. On the one hand, I like watching all the cool machines do their thing because I am a child. On the other hand, it's a pain to have to take time out of your day to clean your car, plus you have to pay money, because I am an adult. But Nissan might've just gotten rid of it. » 4/24/14 1:20pm 4/24/14 1:20pm

North Korea Used Camo Paint to Pass Off Civilian Planes as Military

Having been burned when it used Photoshop to make its military seem more mighty, North Korea has apparently gone the analog route. That "military cargo plane" from a few weeks back? Nothing more than a short loan from Air Koryo and a cheap coat of camo. » 10/16/13 10:11am 10/16/13 10:11am

Don't Worry, Ford Will Roll Out High Quality Paint To Other Models

As you know from today's TMS, Ford is using high-res photos and 3D imaging in their Dearborn and Kentucky Truck Plant to make sure the F-Series', the Expedition's and the Super Duty's paint job is a joy to look at. But what about your Mustang or Focus? » 8/22/13 1:20pm 8/22/13 1:20pm

Survey Says British People Can't Stop Keying Cars

The worst thing in the world, on the list of inconveniences for a car owner, is when somebody scratches your car. It's worse than a flat tire or a dead battery. When you've got one of those, you can curse the fates that have struck you, and the hand that destiny has played you. But when someone scratches the very… » 4/20/13 3:00pm 4/20/13 3:00pm

BMW Gives The 7-Series An Exciting Paint Job For Once

Whenever you see a large, German sedan, chances are that you'll see it in one of three colors: Black, White, or Silver and, sometimes, brown. It makes them stealthy and blend in, but it's also sooooooo boring. » 11/12/12 1:40pm 11/12/12 1:40pm

This Kid Painted His Room To Look Like The Inside Of A Beetle

This week's Car Hacks is interesting because it's one of the very few that doesn't involve an actual car or part of a car at all. It does, however, involve a lot of creativity, novel thinking, and an unashamed love of cars. » 11/09/12 2:30pm 11/09/12 2:30pm

How to paint your car for less than $100

If your car is starting to show its age, one way to breathe a little cosmetic life into a new vehicle is to give it a new paint job. At the same time, a good paint job can cost thousands of dollars. Over at Instructables however, a full-vehicle paint job only has to set you back about $75. » 12/07/11 8:15am 12/07/11 8:15am

Configure your own Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Car configurators are one of the all-time great online time-wasters. If you want to dream bigger, though, Boeing will let you (virtually) paint a new 787 Dreamliner. » 12/02/11 3:30pm 12/02/11 3:30pm

How to ruin an Audi R8

We're not sure what this Audi R8's owner had in mind with this paint choice for his car's sideblades. It's certainly a high-quality job, and admittedly creative, but it's hard to get around the fact that it's also incredibly ugly. » 10/27/11 2:00pm 10/27/11 2:00pm

What is the worst factory car color ever used?

Over the years car manufacturers have made some interesting choices when it came time to pick paint colors. Which choices were good and which choices were bad varies greatly on a person by person basis. This weekend we want to know which color is the worst to ever appear on a production vehicle. What is the worst car… » 8/06/11 5:00pm 8/06/11 5:00pm

DOTS Cars Get New Paint, With Varying Degrees Of Success

Owners of various Alameda Down On The Street honorees sometimes contact us to let us know how their cars and trucks are doing. Lately, we've heard from a couple who have really spiffed up their rides. » 5/22/10 3:00pm 5/22/10 3:00pm

What The Hell Is This?

Since our jobs are internet-based we're normally part of the "in-crowd" when it comes to pop-culture references, but this paint's got us genuinely befuddled. The only response we can muster is "What the hell?" NSFW. [Reddit] » 7/24/09 1:00pm 7/24/09 1:00pm

Josh Keyes: A Juxtaposition Of Car And Nature

Josh Keyes has an eye for the post-apocalyptic, dystopian future, painting in a way that causes our brains to run circles around itself. Take a peek inside to see his incredible artwork. » 2/04/09 1:30pm 2/04/09 1:30pm

2010 BMW Z4 Plays With Paint In Massive Art Piece

Not wanting to take the usual art car route by decorating the car itself, artist Robin Rhode installed a set of paint squirters on a 2010 BMW Z4 and set it in motion upon canvas. » 12/27/08 10:00am 12/27/08 10:00am

BMW Owner Changes His 3-Series Color From Black To White... With Tape

This BMW owner decided he'd like his BMW 335i to be white rather than black, so he found a shop to wrap his bimmer in 3M shiny white tape. OK, so paint jobs aren't exactly dead yet, but it seems more and more people are choosing to wrap their metal rather than have it re-sprayed. We guess this way, if he feels like… » 8/06/08 2:00pm 8/06/08 2:00pm

What's The Worst Car Color Combination?

Not all of us considered the blue-and-yellow of Jerry Seinfeld's Porsche 911 to be quite so bad, though that put us in the minority. We're also totally smitten with the grey and red velour of the 1971 Fiat 130 Coupe, but that may not be a commonly held taste. The snakeskin green + black + red of the 2008 Viper SRT10 » 7/15/08 11:40am 7/15/08 11:40am

Paint Thickness Tester Can Bust Shady Craigslisters

We all know that Craiglist posters can be some of the most trustworthy individuals on this planet, but for those few occasions when you need to double check their honesty there is this great invention: the paint thickness tester. It's a keychain-sized device that can determine if a car has had any body work needing… » 4/22/08 10:00am 4/22/08 10:00am