Look at those highway lines above. They are bad! The state of Alaska, which painted them recently in Ketchikan, Alaska, acknowledges that they are bad and, in some cases, staining cars. But the state also says they won’t redo them, what they are doing is offering some some good tips on how to clean your paint-stained…
Finally, the answer to “Is it black or slightly darker black?”, and other things you learn when you dive way too deep into what it takes to lay down the perfect automotive paint job.
This video gets uncomfortably close to the chemical processes at work during a comprehensive re-paint of a Porsche 911. And man, it’s stranger to watch than alien eggs hatching. Even if you already know how filthy and laborious car painting is, these guys take detail-work to another level.
Look, I have a thing for Plasti Dip. Something about watching the colors get mixed, thinking about that rubberization, oh yeah, I want to lick this chameleon-coloring right off the haunches of this Audi RS7. But seriously, get a load of the color-shift people are pulling off with peelable paint now!
The freshly repaved Texas Motor Speedway is a little slippery thus far, but man, does it look sharp. What’s more noticeable than usual, however, are the freshly painted, bright-white lines against the dark new asphalt. It begs the question: why are they there?
You probably know (or could have guessed) that white, black and silver/gray are perennially the most popular colors for cars. But do tastes change when you go from one vehicle to another? What does your history of car ownership look like in colors?
I’ve never painted racing stripes on a car myself. But man, watching this video is right up there on the scale of satisfaction with hitting an exact increment at the gas pump or pulling a crusty booger out of your nose on a cold day.
Maaco, “America’s Bodyshop,” is one of the cheapest places to get a car painted. It’s also notorious for invoking the adage “you get what you pay for.” But overspray on a car’s seats? That’s got to be a new bar for bad work.
Much as I am annoyed by Audi’s endless parade of crossovers and SUVs, and Audi’s lazy new styling and Audi’s not-totally-unraveled involvement in the Dieselgate scandal, Audi sure as hell knows how to make pretty paint. Here’s an Audi R8 in Riviera Blue. This is good.
There are loads of guides for DIY car painting floating around the internet. But like all complex processes distilled down to something you can “learn” in ten minutes of YouTubing, it doesn’t always look as shiny as you might have hoped. So how do you fix it? But seriously, I need help.
I’m pretty sure throwing a gallon of black paint into a gallon of yellow paint would just leave you with... two gallons of black. Not so with this removable coating stuff though– it turned into a pretty fantastic copper/brown/dirty gold I’ve never seen before.
“Plasti Dip” and its other-brand equivalents are sprayable removable rubberizing coatings that have become a popular way to customize cars. It sort of holds like a vinyl wrap paint, but mixes a little like paint. This gives you a lot of room for experimentation, which worked out pretty well here.
Imagine your dream 1970s Soviet vacation to the beach, and this would be your color palate: leaving your grey apartment block outside Bucharest for your orange swim suit against the glittering blue water. You’d find the same hues in Audi’s fastest cars at the LA Auto Show.
Audi likes to present their cars in a very chic, slick, silver these days. This is a mistake. Audis look best in red.
The exhaust on my sportbike was starting to look like crusty lines of crap left by a camel in the Simpson Desert. But I can’t afford new pipes, so I started looking for “preservation” solutions. That brought me to silica-ceramic coating header paint, so here’s everything you need to know about it.
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…
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.
DETROIT – Painting a new vehicle is not just part of the manufacturing process - it is an intricate chemical operation requiring constant scientific monitoring. Trained experts, members of General Motors’ “Blue Suit Crew” follow elaborate precautions to ensure that final vehicle paint finishes are pristine.
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?