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    Pearl and metallic in black paint ????

     



    For the pro paint guys, I'm going to have some black paint on the Impala, top of the car, some SS type stripes on the hood, etc. Thinking I might want to add some pearl and metallic to the black. My question is, which color of pearl and what size of metallic should I use? Also wondering if the pros mix pearl in the basecoat and color tint the clear with pearl or what the best plan would be? I don't really want any radical color changes like Prismatique does, just a bit of a flip flop in the black that in differing light might appear as a bit of dark blue or something like that? The gold that will be on the exterior has a ton of small gold flake in it if that makes a difference.... Any ideas? The car will be just a cruiser, but I want something on it a bit better then just plain old paint...PS, I use PPG products if that makes a difference.


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    Head to your paint store and look thru their color charts. it's MUCH easier to choose a paint that is formulated with flake and/or pearl then it is to try to make one up, HOPING it will look good after spraying.
    As far as pearl goes it can be added to the clear coat. That is how I did the flames on my truck, added blue pearl to a mid-coat clear then buried that with the top coat clear.
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    every mfg has a metallic black oem color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astroracer View Post
    Head to your paint store and look thru their color charts. it's MUCH easier to choose a paint that is formulated with flake and/or pearl then it is to try to make one up, HOPING it will look good after spraying.
    As far as pearl goes it can be added to the clear coat. That is how I did the flames on my truck, added blue pearl to a mid-coat clear then buried that with the top coat clear.
    https://images46.fotki.com/v1645/pho...c_id559-vi.jpg
    Yeah, I know.....I was just hoping someone might have a good mix for pearl and a healthy dose of metallic that would work well with good old 9700 black. I'll more then likely end up doing as you suggested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shine View Post
    every mfg has a metallic black oem color.
    Yup, just hoping someone had done a high metallic black with a suitable pearl in it.
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    JimC over on the SPI users forum does a butt load of custom work. give him a shout . i use micro flake and powdered pearls .

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    Quote Originally Posted by shine View Post
    JimC over on the SPI users forum does a butt load of custom work. give him a shout . i use micro flake and powdered pearls .
    Thanks Shine, I'll do that!
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    i have mixing spoons in my booth. i mix custom stuff by adding a little at a time but keeping track of how much . not really a set formula .

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    Quote Originally Posted by shine View Post
    i have mixing spoons in my booth. i mix custom stuff by adding a little at a time but keeping track of how much . not really a set formula .
    Yeah, I've done that with metallic, I have an old piston scale, weighs in grams, used that a few times..... But I've got to admit sometimes I've just tipped the little bottle of micro flake, stir, and keep adding it til it looks right!!!! lol I've never messed with pearl powder much other then using a bit in clear coats, I suppose the same principle would apply? Add a little, try it, go from there?
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