Creating A Better Car

What Repairs Are Needed After A Sideswipe?

by Logan Peck

An older vehicle may be one that you still drive for financial reasons, or it may be a vehicle that you have grown to love. But when a vehicle is getting older and you've been driving it a while, you might be looking for a way to spruce up the car without it costing an arm and a leg. Two-toned color schemes are one option that will bring the novelty back into driving your vehicle. Here are some ideas about how and why to get your car re-painted in a dual color scheme.

Give That Car a Wow-Factor

Your older vehicle may not turn heads anymore. Or worse, it might turn heads because of its unsightliness, with rust spots or scratches taking up a good portion of the body. Either way, sandblasting the vehicle and redoing the paint job is a $1000 or less improvement that will bring your car back to life.

Different Options for Two-Toned Vehicle Schemes

Two-toned vehicles can be painted in a lot of different designs. One of the classics is a color scheme that has hard edges, with the top half or two-thirds being painted one color and the bottom being painted another. This is reminiscent of certain vintage convertibles that naturally came painted in multiple colors.

Another option is to do a fade, either top to bottom or front to back. One side of the car is one color, but then it gradually fades into a different color. Usually, this is done with one brighter color and one more neutral color, such as a beige and blue combination or a red and black.

You can also see some cars that have specific features accented in a different color. Your hood or your doors are two targets for a different paint color.

What Happens to the Car?

The cost of the job, and the time it takes, will depend on the methods used. The more of the car you must repaint, the more the job will cost. Hopefully, you still want to keep part of the car in its original hue, since this will cut down on the need to repaint mirrors and other smaller parts; that's where the cost starts to add up.

Talk to an auto body repair service about what's needed for your job. Sometimes, sandblasting the current paint job and then repainting will do the trick. For a fade, you may be able to use a powder coat or stencils to change the color as well. It all depends on the capabilities of your auto body shop, so find a great one. For more information, visit websites like