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Our Pedigree in Colour

NEXA AUTOCOLOR® brand is proud of its long history of incorporating colour excellence into paint technology.

It all started with the Belco™ Nitrocellulose. The Belco paint line was ideal for the colours of its day. Compared to the earlier enamel paints, nitro-cellulose paints were a step forward in durability and, as every car was a solid colour, the Belco system delivered a rich deep finish that, when polished, gave a great final colour appearance.

With the introduction of metallic effect pigments on cars in the 1960s, Nexa Autocolor brand introduced the 2K® paint system. This allowed any car's metallic effect to be reproduced using the Single Layer Metallic system.

Further improvements were driven by the introduction of the 2K basecoat system. This solved the industry-wide issue of poor film protection, which was weakened by the metallic flakes being exposed to the surface of the film. With a basecoat system, the colour and pigment were protected by a shiny clearcoat, giving great colour with improved protection.

In 1992 Nexa Autocolor brand launched the industry's first waterborne basecoat – AQUABASE® waterborne basecoat. This breakthrough technology delivered colour capability and durability in an environmentally friendly way.

In mid-2000 Nexa Autocolor brand launched the Aquabase Plus waterborne basecoat. This next-generation waterborne basecoat gives improved application and blending qualities that deliver a "Right First Time" match to the original car colours. The range of colour effects is constantly growing with OEMs producing cars with high sparkle, glass flake, and bright reds and oranges.

Nexa Autocolor brand offer will continue to combine technological innovation with full colour capability.



NEXA AUTOCOLOR®, AQUABASE® and 2K® are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.