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Creating Special Colors

As global color experts, you can count on us to be in touch with the latest trends and to respond rapidly with innovative refinishing solutions.

Are you ready for the 3D revolution?

The latest advances in three-dimensional paints are taking special colors to a whole new level. In the next few years we expect to see rapid expansion in the colors available, and in the number of vehicle makes and models on which they are used.

Three-dimensional paintwork consists of a colored basecoat, featuring thinner and flatter aluminum flakes than normal metallic paints, followed by a semitransparent colored midcoat and then a clearcoat. The resulting ‘liquid metal’ appearance, color depth, 3D effect and intense light reflection are stunning.

* We would like to draw attention to the fact that for tri-stage effect colors a color must always be tested with spray samples prior to application.

Ford RR - Ruby Red

Akzo code: FRD12:RR

This red shade with spectacular depth can be achieved by three-coat application, where the midcoat is a translucent layer, colored with very fine grinded pigments. This popular color is seen more and more on various Ford cars, reaching production numbers over 180.000 globally. The perfect variant can be achieved by assessing the right amount of midcoat application.

Ford R3 - Royal Crimson

Akzo code: FRD16:R3

The deep red color of Ford R3 Royal Crimson is a new color on the MY19 Mustang. Building the color in tri-stage application gives a three-dimensional depth to this elegant, deep red color.

Mazda 46V - Soul Red Crystal

Akzo code: MAZ46V

This deep red and brilliant color is available as a standard color on the SUV CX-5, where the very fine metallics in the groundcoat and translucent midcoat create a spectacular depth in the color, embracing the curves of the car. This color is build up in three layers and different shades can be reached by differentiating the amount of midcoat layers. The Sikkens Autowave MM 2.0 ground- and midcoat have been granted with color approval from Mazda.

Mazda 46G - Machine Grey

Akzo code: MAZ46G

A state of the art finish from Mazda, making use of very fine silver dollar metallics. This color gives the impression that the vehicle’s body has been sculpted from a solid steel ingot. The repair of this color is based on the standard 2 stage TDS application with an additional 2-3 over thinned basecoat layers, this to achieve its specific fine effect and finish of this particular color.


No special toners needed; an MM solution is available in Mixit and Mixit Pro

Lexus 3T5 - Radiant Red

Akzo code: LEX3T5

The Radiant Red 3T5 color from Lexus was exclusively designed for the high-end models like RC F and entered the market in 2015. The secret of this very bright effect color is the very fine metallic that is used in the groundcoat. As a result, light hitting the paint reflects off the red layer but also off the silver layer deep below, which adds depth and a metallic highlight to the red coloration.

Holden GPJ - Glory Red

Akzo code: HLD9320

This dark, deep red is most known as Glory Red, but goes also by the promotional names Red Quartz and Red Horizon. Introduced in 2017, it was primarily applied on Chevrolet, but also by GMC, Cadillac, Buick and GM.

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