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Ideas for Custom Paint and Body Designs for Your Ride

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Ideas for Custom Paint and Body Designs for Your Ride

If you find yourself thinking your car needs a revamp, it might be time for a new full body paint job! If your car is your world, there’s no better way to show it off and show how much you care. Here at JD’s Auto Repair, we understand the difference a new, stylish and customized paint job can have to the look and feel of your ride, so we’ve put together some tips to help you create your very own customized design!

Thinking it through

A new custom paint design could have a huge effect on the way you are perceived when driving your car so it’s important to take its practicality into consideration. For example, you may love to have a hot pink and deep purple two-tone fade for your 70s Cadillac, but how will this look if you arrive in this for business meetings or a job interview? We’re not saying don’t do it (because we’d certainly hire you!), but that it’s just a good idea to make these considerations. It’s also good to consider how your car’s design can accentuate its characteristics. For example, racing stripes may suit a 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 due to its awesome power load but might not have the same effect on a restored 1970s VW Beetle, with its staggeringly low 57hp.

Thinking about design

There’s an almost infinite array of colors, patterns, designs and paintwork effects that you can choose from, so it’s a good idea to really do your homework. Classic effects include two-tone paint with hard lines, a two-tone fade, and pearl paint. Each gives off a characteristic that is unique and can accentuate or diminish the vibrancy of your color scheme – depending on what effect you desire.

You’ll also want to think about color matching. Knowing exactly which colors go with which will help you develop a color scheme that’s easy on the eyes for everyone, although it is, of course, your choice and we would never want to tell people that they should or shouldn’t do something! As a general rule of thumb, it’s good to stick to either warm or cool colors, and not to mix the two too often as the clash can look garish. Deep purples, blues, blacks, and dark reds go well together, as do light blues, yellows, oranges, and greens. Chrome lines on the body can also be a great way of dividing colors, so take that into account when building your custom design.

Virtual visualization

Luckily for you, we are not living in the dark ages. This means we don’t need to rely on our sometimes wildly inaccurate imaginative abilities to picture how your ideas will look once applied to the car of your choice. Modern technology means you can use 3D modeling tools to let you visualize exactly how your car will look so that there are no unexpected nasty surprises once the design is applied. It also allows you to play around with colors and patterns, meaning you can be more creative with your ideas!

Check your insurance policy!

It may seem like an odd point, but you should always consult your insurance provider before you go ahead with body or paintwork. Body damage accounts for one of the highest percentages of insurance payout, and it’s possible that it may increase your insurance premium.


At JD’s Auto Repair, we know how important it is to ensure your ride looks and feels exactly how you want it, which is why we’re specialists when it comes to body and paint work for your ride. Visit our website, give us a call, or head on down to see us today to see how we can make you realize your custom design dreams!