What stands out in a car more than anything else at first glance? It’s not the engine or infotainment system, since those are out of sight. It’s the exterior auto paint. Here is a fun piece which outlines the history of car paint. Its origins extend as far back as automobiles themselves.
Examining the History of Car Paint
You have probably run a paint brush over the walls in your home, but never over your car. Painting by hand, though, was how workers applied auto paint in the early 1900s. Completing this cumbersome process averaged about 40 days. They first applied the same variety of varnish as that used for horse carriages.
Manufacturers introduced spray guns in 1924. This breakthrough enabled quicker application and drying time on assembly lines. The finish was also more consistent, thus minimizing the need to sand between coats. Continue Reading →