Car Paint Design Ideas

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Car Paint Design Ideas
Add some personality to your car with a custom paint design. (fire flame painted hot rod car speed fast image by alma_sacra from

With all the plain and ordinary cars driving down the road, you might want one that stands out. A custom paint job for your car can be a good way to show off your personality. The ideas are limited only by how far you are willing to go. If you aren't experienced in auto painting, be sure to find an expert professional. Messing up a paint job on your car could be very expensive.

Sports Team Logo

To show that you're the ultimate super-fan of your favourite sports team, paint the body of your car one of the main team colours. Paint each door the other main colour. On the hood, paint the team's logo. You're sure to attract a lot of attention when attending games.

Neutral Design

If you're worried about the paint job going out of style in the coming years, stick to a classic, neutral colour. Roger Ward, who has been painting cars for more than 50 years, recommends this tip. An example of this would be an earth tone, such as beige, with a darker-coloured strip, such as reddish orange, for an accent design.

Toy Car-Inspired

Find inspiration in an unlikely source: miniature toy cars. Suggested by the staff of Sport Truck Magazine, these cars often have elaborate paint designs. Since you're likely not going to see many cars like this driving down the road, looking to these miniatures can open your mind to different ideas.


Another paint tip recommended by Sports Truck Magazine is to watch movies for inspiration. Model the paint job after your favourite automobile in classic car movies like "Gone in 60 Seconds," "The Fast and the Furious," "American Graffiti" or even "Herbie."


If you're an eccentric individual who takes pride in your quirkiness, paint your car to show it. Paint music notes and symbols all over the vehicle if you're a musician. Paint the words of your poems all over the body of your car if you're a writer. If you're an artist, turn your car literally into your vehicle of self-expression by painting characters, landscapes or whatever your speciality is.

Business Logo

For those who own a business, painting its logo on your car, especially if it's driven frequently, can be a great way to get free advertising. Be sure the logo is big enough to be read clearly by other drivers. Also include the URL of your business website, especially if it's one that is easy to remember.

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