The colored coat is sometimes referred to as the base coat. This is a layer of paint that holds the color in which the panel is to be painted. This layer covers the primer and is usually finished with a layer of clear coat.
Why a colored coat
The primer is not specifically designed to look good. It is made to protect the material underneath (often metal) and helps the following layers of paint to adhere to. The colored coat, or “base coat” is a layer of paint that is mixed with coloring agents and can also be mixed with metal flakes (metallic paint). The paint is sprayed over the surface to form a uniform and smooth layer of color. The colored coat actually dries up with a matte finish. The deep gloss we know from freshly painted surfaces comes from the clear coat. In some cases painters might choose to add extra layers of base coat and not finish it off with a clear coat at all. This creates a matte finish to the surface. Even when the primer has the same color as the colored coat, it is normal to still apply the colored coat. The metallic flake is added before painting the surface and will stay within the colored layer of paint.
What is a colored coat
The colored coat is one of several layers of paint that is used to protect the material underneath. Although the main purpose of paint is to protect the metal underneath from corrosion and oxidation, it has become a cosmetic property that has grown in importance. The quality of the paintwork is often judged before the mechanical state is even considered. Detailers don’t only clean vehicles and surface, they are also trained in making the paintwork look the best it can be. The colored coat is often the second out of three layers of paint. Covering the primer, but covered in turn by the clear coat. The clear coat protects the fragile surface of the colored coat, while the colored coat gives a panel its color. Metallic flakes can be added for an extra cosmetic effect. Colored coats that are not finished with a clear coat are difficult to correct, because it is very difficult to polish a matte surface. Which is part of the reason why the clear coat is added normally.
What is the mid coat
In many cases, the colored coat is either the second-to-last or the last layer of paintwork on a surface. Uni paint, or single stage paint is made from 1 layer of paint on top of the primer. This layer holds the color but also dries up with a glossy finish. It doesn’t require the addition of clear coat. In some cases the colored coat can be covered with a mid coat before applying the clear coat. The mid coat can be several different things, for example: a very light and almost transparent colored layer, mixing the 2 colors before applying the clear coat.