Anyone that follows the aftermarket automotive market will know that the trends change quickly, and often dramatically. Each year, Eastwood attends SEMA in search of new automotive tuning trends and products. This year while walking around, I began to notice a large amount of vehicles covered in flat or satin paint jobs. Now you may be saying “Matt, that’s nothing new, flat black has been going on old hot rods for years!”, but in this case it wasn’t limited to old cars, hot rods, or just flat black. There were all sorts of different hues of flat and satin colors around the show. In fact, some of the most expensive cars at the show were painted in flat colors. I saw everything from your traditional flat black, to flat greens, purples, whites, grays, and more!
I like that flat and satin colors are now being applied PROPERLY, not just a low quality spray paint job. In the past, I will admit that I was one to frown upon most any vehicle (except hot rods/rat rods) that were done this way. I had always thought of modified vehicles painted in a flat colors to be “hacked” or badly built. But now it seems that these properly prepped and painted vehicles are using the flat colors to possibly push your eye from the overall car to possibly something else on the car, be it the detailed engine bay, or the unique wheels bolted on the car.. it is a new concept, but I like it!
Check out our different options for flat paint, and even powder if you want to powder coat some parts on your car to compliment the flat paint!
Now if you really want to stay ahead of the flat color trend, try out our Rat Rod Flat Clear Coat. You can use this over any color to give it the flat look. This is where you can really get some neat effects! We have also had customers use the Rat Rod Flat Clear over their original “patina’ed” paint. The clear coat seals and protects the current weathered finish, without taking away from the original Patina of the paint. The options are limitless!
Below are a few of my favorite flat colored cars from SEMA. Enjoy!