Masking Assortments: Adhesive Solutions for Two-Tone Paint Trends

Joe Cull· January 13, 2021

How many car buyers buy on a whim? Decide the one they have doesn’t fit their personality anymore and trade it in for something that does?


We all know it happens. Buying a car can be a highly emotional purchase. Cars help us express our individuality and announce to the world that we’re the practical one in our family… or the risk taker, whichever fits!


What do cars say about their drivers?


Whatever the answer, it partially comes from the color they chose. Red… for a fast driving, attention seeker, perhaps, or blue… for the more practical blend-in-with-the-crowd introvert. (These are all just speculation, of course! It’s entirely possible to be a red-car-driving shy writer who prefers quiet evenings at home!)


But back to the topic at hand. Experts say color’s one of the most essential benchmarks for car buyers. In other words, color matters. A lot!


The Two-Tone Vehicle Paint Trend

In fact, it matters so much that two-tone designs are becoming a trend and giving consumers even more complex options to match their vehicle with their vibe.

If you’re curious, the major two-tone designs available are:

Contrasting roof / pillars – The roof (including pillars) is painted a different color than the car body.

• Contrasting roof – The roof and car body are different colors.

• Horizontal contrast – The side of the car body includes a painted edge.

• Lower body contrast – Just like it sounds, the lower body of the car is a contrasting color.

This two-tone trend started in Asia, but it didn’t stay there long. Well, it’s still there actually, but it’s also gone viral! It’s spread across Europe and even over to North America.

Jeeps, trucks, sedans — owners of all kinds of vehicles want this new look. And, if you’re a car manufacturer, you’ve had to respond to increased demand.

Challenges of Manufacturing Two-Tone Vehicles


We understand one of the biggest challenges with this trend has been simplifying the production processes to meet the demand.


Other challenges include:

•The increased cost and complexity of painting a car two colors

Added pressure on OEM assembly lines

•A labor-intensive masking process that reduces capacity

•A higher-than-expected demand that lowers output for manufacturers

The challenges are many, but let’s not get stuck there and instead take a look at some solutions.


In spite of the difficulties, it is possible for manufacturers to achieve measurable energy savings and operating costs without losing any consistency in quality.


That’s right! Consistent quality is still possible without breaking the bank. Isn’t that great news?!


Solutions for Painting Two- Tone Vehicles

Check out these reliable solutions:

• Fineline tapes – filmic tapes that create a perfect line of separation between two paint colors.
• Overmasking films, including tesa® RollMasker – plastic film or a combination product of adhesive tape and film that efficiently mask large areas.
• Die cuts – individual shapes of adhesive tape that are customized according to the application requirements.
• Applicators – assembly aids that support the exact positioning of the adhesive products in preparation for the painting process.

For more solutions, visit our masking assortment guide. We can provide masking process expertise for even your most challenging customer demands.


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