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Top Tips for Choosing Your Car Paint Colour

If you’re planning to repaint an old vehicle or choosing a new colour for your next car, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right type and colour.

Contrary to popular belief, the paint on your car does more than just express your personal tastes. It’s usually a good idea to choose a colour that is visible on the road while concealing dirt and mud; and instead of just choosing a car

Check out these top tips from the team at IPS Paint Supplies to help you to make the right choices.

Psychology Behind Car Paint Colours

Believe it or not, there is a huge amount of psychology behind the colour your car is painted.   So we’ve done some research and have come up with this table as a guideline which may, or may not, influence your choices in the future:

Colour Positive Moods Negative Moods
White Pure, innocent, lightweight, bright, airy Sterile, cold, clinical
Grey Classic, corporate, practical, conservative Dull, conformist, detached
Silver Sleek, stylish, classy, modern, cool Colourless, rigid, neutral
Black Powerful, elegant, mysterious, stylish, expensive Depressing, mournful, evil
Gold Glowing, opulent, expensive Gaudy, fake, self-centered
Brown Earthy, sheltering, warm, durable, rugged Dull, unsophisticated, inexpensive
Red Exciting, sexy, passionate, hot, powerful Aggressive, fast, dangerous
Orange Happy, hot, whimsical, energising Loud, raucous, frivolous
Yellow Sporty, hot, friendly, energetic Cowardice, frivolous, dangerous
Green Natural, soothing, fresh, lively, new Over-safe, sickly, boring
Blue Calming, cool, clean, sophisticated Aloof, frigid, predictable


Based on the above table, take a few moments to consider what image or feeling you want your car colour to convey. Consider if you want your car to stand out from the rest and if you want to be seen as stylish, sophisticate or trendy. Conversely, you may want your car to blend in with the crowd so that it does not stand out.

Other Factors

Some other factors to consider when choosing a colour to repaint your vehicle include:

  • Maintenance: black shows up dirt more than other colours whilst silver hides the dire the best
  • Damage: Red shows dings and swirls marks more easily whilst black is also unforgiving when it comes to imperfections
  • Temperature: Dark colours like black and dark blue absorb heat in the summer months while white and lighter shades stay cooler
  • Safety: black and grey can be harder to spot on the roads at night while white and brighter colours like yellow or orange stand out in traffic and on roadsides at night time.

The Aerosol Expert

Recently, IPS Paint Supplies has launched a new service through the Aerosol Expert – a service which will enable you to colour match your vehicle to your exact requirements.  We also help you to complete the paint job to a very high standard by laying out the process of painting to make it as simple as possible.

Click here to access our  process charts designed to guide you through the paint process and we also give advice and guidance on vehicle colour code locations here.