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YES, absolutely. People use automotive paints to customize things like guitars, lamps, and furniture with automotive paint. In fact, many sign makers use it to make beautifully colored signs for business or other custom uses. We recommend that all surfaces be properly primed and be prepared before using paint on any bare surface.

It will last as long as your original paint if cared for like the original paint. It will not wash off or fade off over time. It is real paint, tested and designed to last.

For storage after use they can last 2-3 years. There is no guarantee on storage life however following a few steps will prolong the longevity  of stored paint. Typically, aerosols can last for years if properly stored at room temperature and avoid freezing. Clean clogged nozzles and can throats for prolonged storage. Pro-packaging, touch up bottles / cans etc., can last up to 2 years if properly stored. For Cans and bottles, Be sure the caps and covers are completely clean and free of paint residue as well as the threads on bottles and the lip and ridge of the can. Be sure to tightly seal your container and shake to mix every now and then to keep solids in suspension (this does not replace througrough mixing prior to use).

All Tricoat colors are indicated as tricoat and/or 3ct in the color description. For each tri-stage touch up or aerosol color you order, you will receive a base coat color a mid-coat color and a clear coat.

3ct or Tricoat colors, aka Tri-stage, are colors that require 3 steps for proper application. Many pearl whites and reds are Tricoat paints. They require you to apply a base color, a mid-coat then a clearcoat with appropriate dry time in between each coat. The Auto Paint Depot provides Clearcoat with most 3ct Tricoat paint purchases.

In a word, Yes. Clearcoat is very important for multiple reasons. First, it gives your paint a glossy shine. Second, the clear coat creates a chemical bond with the base color making it chemical, weather and UV resistant. Without clear-coat, your paint will not shine correctly or be as resistant to natural elements as it should be. Single-stage paints have clear built into the paint and do not require a clear coat.

All our private label paints are high quality automotive urethane-based, base-coat/clear-coat applications and have been thoroughly tested to be as good or exceed O.E.M. quality standards.


It is not recommended. Car manufacturers may have several names for the same color but only one code for that color. Additionally a color name may be used by several manufacturers and not be the same color. For instance, there are 35 different Cherry reds by 8 different manufacturers, also Toyota and Lexus share colors and codes, but have different names for the same color. As do GM brands, Honda, and Ford etc. Another example, are the many names for the color black. There’s black, ebony, jet black, onyx, super black, midnight, etc.  all with different toner additive possibilities. Ferrari alone has 30 different reds! That’s why color codes are important. If you provide us with your vehicle year, make, and model and the color name as you know it, we can narrow down the correct paint code for your vehicle. We can also look up what colors were available on your vehicle through the VIN number. You need to verify your color code prior to shipping to qualify for our color match guarantee.

Yes, many colors have more than one code. PFA/MFA is same as PFA or MFA. Always search by color code not color name alone.

Yes, it is the same color. It is very common for automobile companies to have multiple names for one color. This is the reason the color code is so important. The code will always identify the correct color. Always shop by color code.

Colors on the web do not look like the actual color. Computer monitors simply cannot duplicate the pearls, metallic, and hues that are in paint. The paint swatches provided on our website are for guide and reference only and may not look like the actual finished paint product.

If you cannot find the two-tone code from your vehicle, please contact us through our Paint Code Locator Page Can’t Find My Paint Code  or email us, info@theautopaintdepot.com

Yes, we can help you find a color. Our focus is on factory matched OEM automotive paint. If you have an automotive paint code we can mix it. If you do not have a code we can try to help you find one that is suitable for your needs. Go to our paint locator page  “Can’t Find My Paint Code”

How To

Sometimes paint blemishes happen before you apply your clearcoat. If so, you can lightly wet sand the area with 1500 grit paper and then apply more of the color coat. Then proceed to clear coating. If a blemish shows up after you have clear coated, sometimes it can be fixed, sometimes not. If it’s just a little piece of dirt or a dust bunny, then wet sand with 2000 and then use our polishing compound. This should take care of the blemish. If the blemish is too deep into the paint job, then you have no choice but to redo the paint job or live with the blemish.

If your paint will not dry properly you may be applying in the wrong temperature or you have too much on. Remember to let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next coat (Flash Time). Do not apply heavy coats. Even thin coats are what you want. The same holds true with the clearcoat apply thin coats allowing them to dry in between is all that’s needed. Too heavy coats will not dry properly. follow flash time instructions. Flash time is the appropriate time between coats to achieve proper adhesion.

This is usually caused by too much moisture in the air. Sometimes it will just go away on its own, sometimes you need to redo the paintjob. Prevention is key here; don’t paint when it’s very humid out. Wait until it’s under 50%-60% humidity and you won’t face this issue.

Usually caused by an improperly cleaned surface prior to application. Be sure to use appropriate cleaners, panel wipes and primers. This may also be a chemical reaction caused by using incompatible products. You should not run into this trouble if you use all Auto Paint Depot products and follow the included directions. There are some tips to help avoid chemical problems: Always allow the paint to dry thoroughly with recommended flash times between coats. Apply even, thin coats of all products. Don’t go too heavy; paint doesn’t like being apply too thick.

Orange peel is the rough look you sometimes see after your clearcoat dries (it looks like the skin of an orange). It’s easily rectified. Just let the paint dry for 4-5 days and then wet sand the area with 1500 grit sandpaper, then buff with the polishing compound. You may need to repeat the process a couple times, but you will smooth the surface and achieve a nice gloss. Usually caused by applying with too much air pressure at the nozzle or spraying in the incorrect temperature (too cold).

If you are painting in the proper temperature and the area you are painting is properly prepared, the paint will apply smoothly. It may not be shiny, but it should be smooth. After you have applied the coverage needed and have clear coated, then you can wet sand the clear. Wait a few days before wet sanding the clear, but once you do this it will make the paint very shiny and very smooth. We do not recommend sanding between color coats. Improper cleaning, degreasing and dewaxing will also cause issues with the final appearance.

Some metallic colors, usually silvers and grays, sometimes look too dark. This is caused by the orientation of the small flakes or “metallic” in the paint. When sprayed from a spray gun or aerosol these flakes usually lay very nice and even. They sometimes do not lay properly in the same direction as the original spray. Very often clearcoat will make the color look better by adding gloss to the color and allowing it to sparkle more. But if it still looks to dark, you may want to lightly sand the finish with the 1500 grit paper and then apply a little more paint. Be sure to apply is very lightly and evenly; this will also help with the color.  You can do this a few times to build the paint up a bit. Check your paint code, You may have ordered the incorrect paint code. Be sure your paint code ordered matches your vehicle paint code.

Sometimes the clearcoat does not shine like you want it to. Varying atmospheric conditions and application techniques usually cause this and can be resolved by doing the following: First, wait 5 days from painting and then try using a fine grit polishing compound on the area (follow instructions for compound). If this does not help the situation, then use the 2000 grit sandpaper. Again, follow the directions for wet sanding. After wet sanding then use the compound again and you should have a very nice gloss. Wax after a few days.

Most individual car parts can be painted entirely with 2-3 aerosol cans of paint. Each aerosol covers approximately 3 square feet and are great for smaller repairs like mirrors, bumpers even doors and hoods. Check out these videos to see how to use aerosol rattle cans, How To Videos .  Pints, Quarts and Gallons are also available. You can contact us directly to help with your quantity issues. Contact Us

Yes. Our paint has relatively high temperature tolerance. If you paint your calipers and use your car as a daily driver you will be just fine. If you take your car to the track or autocross, then you may eventually have some discoloring. The paint will hold up fine in the engine bay. Not recommended for extreme high temperature areas like manifolds.

Yes, all our professional size paints are pre-reduced with medium reducer and are ready to spray. Depending on your spray gun you may need to further reduce using urethane reducer to get the result you need.

An aerosol can produce an excellent paint job See the video examples here –  How To Videos . The color will be exactly the same, however there are many other variables that can be controlled in a body shop. Number 1 is the skill of the painter. Dirt, spray pressure, spray-gun atomization…all these things can affect the outcome of a paint job. The only way to control these variables 100% is in a spray booth at a body shop.

Aerosols are the ideal answer for do-it-yourself small jobs like mirrors, bumpers and individual parts. They are easy to use, produce excellent results and cover approximately 3-4 square feet depending on how many coats are needed. Professional sizes are recommended if you have the appropriate spray equipment, painting experience and are painting a large surface or entire vehicle. You can paint large surfaces with aerosols – see our hoe-to videos.  https://theautopaintdepot.com/howtovideos/

It all depends on what you are repairing and how large an area you are repairing. If you have a minor nick, chip or scratch, our touch-up paint bottles come with a brush in the cap and a supply of micro dab applicators. If you are color matching a full part or repairing a larger area, you will probably need an aerosol can.

If the parts are not primed, you will need to prime them. It is recommended to use primer on any raw surface like plastic or metal.

We only test with our own products and the products we sell therefore we cannot guaranteeing your results other company’s products. Any alterations to our products are the sole responsibility of the purchaser / customer / user.

For touch ups, see our Instruction page. For any paint job, start with a clean surface, use wax & grease remover to clean the area to be painted. For large areas like a major part, fender hood etc, use sandpaper to remove clearcoat (if it’s there) and to make the surface smooth. Next, mask the area you are painting with a masking tape. Apply the primer if the surface is down to bare metal or plastic as it helps “build” the surface. Then apply color and clear coat. Clear coat protects and adds shine to the paint. Color application is sold separately, so please find the color code of your vehicle and order the correct color code following the easy step ordering system first, then add the products you will need. There are many video tutorials on line and coming soon, more tutorials on this site. Always use proper protective equipment such as gloves, goggles and respirators rated for solvent vapor.

A spray-out is a color test. ALWAYS CHECK AND TEST THE COLOR BEFORE PAINTING YOUR ACTUAL PIECE. THE AUTO PAINT DEPOT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT HAS BEEN PAINTED THE WRONG COLOR OR INCORRECTLY. If you test your color, and it does not look right, STOP, Contact us immediately and we will work with you towards the best solution.

You should remove wax before touching it up and wait at least one month before waxing fresh paint. Full instructions are included with your touch up order.

We have provided you with a basic chart on our site Finding my paint code. However, even experienced painters can have a difficult time finding paint codes. Don’t get discouraged. Some car manufacturers keep paint code locations consistent, others change year to year and plant to plant. When a vehicle is wrecked, a door or fender with paint code information may have been replaced. If we can detect that you ordered the wrong paint code, we will contact you via email with extra help to find it as well as give you paint code examples for your vehicle. A previously repainted vehicle may be difficult to match. You can try to find out that information through the body shop that repainted the vehicle or arrange for a color spectrometer analysis of the paint direct from a body part. This will have additional costs involved.


We follow all D.O.T regulations for shipping our products which require that aerosols be shipped ground surface service only. Certain restrictions may apply. Shipping Policy

Please see our shipping policy for answers to your shipping questions. Link –     https://theautopaintdepot.com/shipping-policy/

We cannot send all our products to PO Boxes. We can send, touch-up bottles and other small items such as sandpaper, masking tape and grip handles to PO boxes via US mail. However, we may send larger size packages, gallons, large putty, etc. via UPS, and they do not deliver to a PO Box.  https://theautopaintdepot.com/shipping-policy/

The Auto Paint Depot is dedicated to fast delivery, easy ordering and quality products. You can usually expect to receive your paint within 3-7 business days. Note: All paints are custom mixed to order and will require 1-2 business days to go through mixing and packaging (we don’t just pull your paint off a shelf). Aerosols ship ground surface only and will add to the delivery time. Overseas (Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam) will significantly add to delivery time as well. Shipping Policy