visual tuning in the Need for Speed series.
- During the first era of Need for Speed, players had the choice of selecting factory colors or using individual colors for their car. In Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, individual colors cannot be picked.
- From Need for Speed: Underground and upwards, no factory colors were eligible anymore, but different types of paints like gloss, metallic and pearlescent paint could be selected. It was also possible to paint the engine, muffler, rear spoiler, rims and side mirrors (Underground 2). Car paints don't boost the star rating of a car as much as spoilers, for example.
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted removed many options available in Underground 2. From this game and later on, the whole car body, rear spoiler and rims are paintable. Rims can be painted with chrome, gloss and matte colors.
- Need for Speed: Carbon brought the individual color option back and also added new paints such as candy, chrome, iridescent and matte paint.
- Need for Speed: ProStreet has the same painting system as Carbon. In this game however, it was possible to paint the hood, bumpers and doors individually. Every Need for Speed after ProStreet has the same painting system as in ProStreet.
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) and Need for Speed: The Run do not allow individual color options. Players can only change the body paint of the car with factory colors or other.
- Car paint can be changed by driving through a Repair Shop in the single player portion of Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012).