There are a number of things to consider when choosing the type of paint you should use. Here is a guide to help you decide what your best option is!

We can mix and match most colours in

  • 2 Pack Paint
  • Acrylic, Enamel & Vinyl paint.
  • Industrial 2 Pack

We can also match a colour (if needed) and pump it into a custom spray can. When contacting us about custom colours & finishes for best service ask for Dave.

Paint Mixing:

This is when we mix paint from a colour code or colour name. This is the quickest and easiest way to get the colour you are after. The colour code is located on the vehicle on a plate, most of the time it will say (paint) then a 2 or 4 digit number/letter. For help getting your paint code you can call a dealership and quote the VIN number of the vehicle.

Find Your Car's Paint Code

For help finding your paint code. Click Here. Note: this website is just a guide and has no link to VG's

Paint Matching:

This is when the colour code is not available or you would like your mixed colour to be checked and adjusted to the car or sample panel. Sometimes the colour code will be slightly different to the car colour due to fading or variant in the original painting process. The smallest size we match is 500mls.

2 Pack Paints:

2 Pack is a type of automotive paint that is used mainly in the Spraypainting trade as it is extremely hazardous.

It must be only sprayed in a spray booth and with the correct safety equipment eg: masks and overalls 2 Pack Paint needs a hardener to be added to it so it sets just right. 2 Pack paint needs a 1.5mm spray gun tip or smaller. There are two kinds of 2 Pack paints which are easily defined.

1. Metallic & Pearl Colours (colours that have a slight sparkle look to them)

This is called 'Basecoat' because it needs a clearcoat to be sprayed on top of it. (Basecoat is mixed with basecoat thinners and hardener only goes in the clearcoat)

2. Solid Colours (colours that have no effects. Just plain solid colour)

Solid colour is mixed with 2K Thinners and Hardener, it does not need a clearcoat.

All new cars are painted in 2 Pack Basecoat or Solid, this makes it very hard to acquire touch up paint for your new car. But at VG's we can do it while you wait.

note: it is safe to brush on 2 Pack Paint in small amounts.

Acrylic Paints:

Acrylic paint can be sprayed in a garage or backyard and is not as harmful as 2K. Solid colours and metallic colours can be made in Acrylic. There are some colours that can not be made in acrylic. Acrylic is a lot cheaper then 2 Pack. Most older cars before 95 are sprayed in Acrylic. Acrylic needs to be buffed and polished after it is sprayed and is recommended to use a clear coat.

The spraying mixture is 60:40.

60% Acrylic Thinners to 40% Paint. The real key to achieving a successful repaint is in the preparation. Acrylic is by far the easiest and safest for the ‘car handyman’ to use, however there are some pro’s & con’s of each to help you decide.

  • Easy to apply
  • Dries in minutes
  • Easily sanded back & touched up when you strike trouble
  • Used with a clear coast on top then buffed & polished produces a great result
  • It is not harmful to your health
  • Over-spray is easily removed
  • Cheaper to buy, although you need more of it
  • Has to ‘buffed’ & ‘polished’ to achieve a good shine
  • It’s not as chip & scratch resistant as 2 Pack.

Enamel Paints:

Enamel Paints are mainly used for trailers, trucks, concrete and machinery because it is cheap and is great for the jobs where the finish dosn't need to be perfect. You are limited to the colours that can be mixed in Enamel. For Example: no metallics or pearls. There are two types of enamel paint.

1. Quick Dry Enamel - Equipment Enamel

  • QD Enamel is the cheaper of the two, it is the quicker drying.
  • QD Enamel also fades Quicker.

A hardener can be used to make the paint dry stronger

2. Automotive Enamel

Auto Enamel is a bit more expensive, but the finish is a lot stronger and lasts a very long time (if painted correctly). A Hardener can be used, the paint is only fully cured in a couple of days.

Vinyl Paints:

This low gloss, quick drying product, is ideally suited as a topcoat on any vinyl, simulated leather or metal surface. It has been designed to be very flexible with good durability, making it suitable for truck sidings etc. This paint can be pumped into a spray can