Paint Jobs are a recurring feature in the Cars series, which allow a car to wear a different texture, and can be more or less appealing to the player.
Paint can

A paint can from Cars: Mater-National Championship.

Cars: The Video GameEdit

Every single character that can be played as has at least 3 alternates, although almost every one has to be unlocked using 2000 to 5000 points each. Like many following games, a cheat code exists that allows the player to unlock every paintjob instantly.

Cars: Mater-National ChampionshipEdit

Paint Jobs have not changed much, and most from the past game have been brought back. Some paint jobs now have to be unlocked by finding a special paint can in exploration mode instead of purchasing with points. All playable characters except FillmoreSarge, and Luigi have at least one paint job, where with them, scrolling through the paint jobs will simpily do nothing. Opponents will use paint jobs in all events except for Race "N" Chase, and the player can use paint jobs in any except for Team Relay races.

Cars: Race-O-RamaEdit

Even though every single paint job of Lightning has been replaced, most others still reside. They are now unlocked by progress rather than being purchased or found. They also make a unique sound effect when scrolled through on the CSS.

Cars 2: The Video GameEdit

Paint Jobs have been removed from the game, alternatively textured characters are now seperate slots on the roster, very similar to the controversy around Pink Gold Peach in Mario Kart 8.

Cars: Fast as LightningEdit

Each character has at least two paint jobs, unlocked under very special conditions such as winning practice races. Paint Jobs now give each car a very special boost when worn (although this was not added until a later update), such as more speed or gained experience.

Beta Paint JobsEdit

Various unused paint jobs have been found in the coding of the games, such as an orange Fillmore and a "Rock Star" Sarge.


Paint Job ModsEdit

Through use of mods, players can make their own paint jobs on the PC version of Cars: Mater-National Championship, read this to learn how.
Custom Barry

Barry, a non-playable character, having an alternate paintjob, credit to CatQuangAnh.


  • Tourists wear different textures when they appear, but these are actually fake, as in the files, these textures cannot be found in their directories as their paint jobs.

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