Types of vinyl paint for cars

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Types of vinyl paint for cars
Vinyl paint can be used on the vinyl, plastic or metal in or outside of your car. (red car interior image by Tammy Mobley from Fotolia.com)

The type of paint you choose for your car depends on what you want your car to look like. Vinyl paints can be used on the vinyl, plastic or metal in or outside of the car. They come in spray as well as paint-on forms. Choose them over other paints for design versatility, strong adhesion and lasting durability. Some paints even have a bit of actual vinyl resin in them to allow flexibility and give them better staying power.


Vinyl paint on cars is ideal for its strong holding power when it comes to smooth surfaces. It also enables you to create unique designs, especially when styling hot rods and muscle cars. Using vinyl paint on the roof of your car will ensure that you don't need a touch up for a very long time. The only drawback of its strong adhesive power is that it is difficult to remove.

Vinyl Interior Paints

With time, the paint on parts of your car's interior such as the dashboard will wear off. You will also find that door handles and hand grips fade with time. Spray them with vinyl paints as the best means of restoring these parts to their earlier finish.

Spray Paint for Interiors

Spray-on interior paints are commonly chosen because these paints penetrate right through the vinyl surfaces of the dashboard and other such parts. The paint embeds itself deep into the material, ensuring that it does not fade away or chip away. For this reason, many paint suppliers refer to these as dyes. These paints are also sold with a scratch-proof guarantee.

Vinyl Exterior Paints

Vinyl paint comes in several types for the exterior of cars, most commonly as sprays and aerosols. There are specific types of vinyl paints that car stickers can be applied to and removed from easily. For roofs, most people opt for black vinyl rooftop paint, as this is the most durable and does not chip off in extreme weather conditions.

Vinyl Wraps

Vinyl wraps are adhesive-backed thin films of vinyl, used commonly as design elements. Their advantage is that you do not have to paint details onto a car and wait for them to dry. Moreover, you can customise your car design repeatedly. Computer-aided designs and colour schemes are limitless; you can also use paints over the basic wrap to give your car an identity of its own. Finally, vinyl wraps are easily removed.

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