Painting a Koenigsegg Agera R is no simple task; in fact, Koenigsegg claims the polishing process alone requires some 200 hours of labor, which is the equivalent of a single employee working for five weeks just on paint finishing.
That kind of attention to detail is to be expected when building a car like the Koenigsegg Agera R. Like a very expensive Burger King Whopper, customers can have it their way, and the latest "Inside Koenigsegg" video gives the impression that very few Agera R supercars leave the factory in the same livery.
Since Koenigsegg cars are built to last, it’s imperative that the finish be able to withstand years of waxing. The Swedish supercar builder’s solution here is to use a thick clear coat that resists chips and stands up to heavy owner adoration.
How thick? Koenigsegg uses a 150 micron clear coat, which is approximately three times the depth of the clear coat sprayed on an average car. Achieving a perfectly smooth and orange-peel free surface takes seven coats, lots of care (and lots of sanding, we suppose), but “good enough” is not a term familiar to Koenigsegg buyers.
As Christian Von Koenigsegg explains, orange peel can be used by those producing cars in volume to hide panel or paint preparation flaws, something that his company goes to great lengths to avoid.
Buyers can choose to show off sections of the Agera R’s carbon fiber body beneath a transparent clear coat, or taper it back with a tinted clear coat, which can be further offset by contrasting stripes. If the panel is to be painted, a different carbon fiber weave is used to ensure a perfectly smooth surface beneath the paint.
We get the feeling that the biggest limiting factors in choosing your Agera R’s color scheme are budget and imagination, which is one more thing that sets Koenigsegg apart from the supercar herd.