How To Paint With Pearl…
In this post let’s briefly touch on automotive pearl painting, pearls, flakes and micro sequence flake.
The most popular automotive pearls come in 2 forms. The first is your powder pearls then your liquid pearls. The difference is nothing much. One is just mixed in a sappy liquid which you scoop out and add to your clear coat.
Pros and Cons of liquid pearls: As time goes on, you’ll have a problem opening your jar because of the pearl mixture getting in between the can cap and jar. But with dry pearls, you won’t have this problem and there still very easy to open and mix into your paints.
I’ve also noticed that you can get some colors in liquid pearl that you can’t get with the dry pearls. Here is a picture of what the dry cans of flake and pearl looks like by House of Kolor paints.
Adding pearls to paint: Pearls are added in your clear coat during your base/clear paint job. The question I usually get is if there is a recommended amount that should be added into your clear coat?
The answer is no. It’s all user preference. Your best bet is to test a panel of your base color choice followed by a mixture of the desired pearl in your clear.
A safe pearl/clear mixture would be about a teaspoon full of pearl per quart of clear coat. Just like painting candy, the more coats you lay on the darker and more visible your pearl coat will become.
As an example: one teaspoon of granulated white sugar is equal to about 4.2 grams. There are approximately 4-8 grams of sugar in a teaspoon of sugar, depending on its granularity.
It is important to note that a teaspoon (tsp.) is a unit of volume, whereas a gram is a unit of weight.
If you are buying a bottle of cola with 44 grams of sugar, you would divide 44 by 4.2 which is equal to about 10 teaspoons of sugar.
About Flakes: You basically have two kinds of flake, Jumbo and Micro sequence flake. Here are a few pictures of both:
As you can see these flakes are commonly painted on lowrider classics. There is a trick when painting with jumbo flake which we explain and show you within the VIP Club and Trainings.
A lot of times when painting with these jumbo flake, you need to lay a few extra layers of clear to bury your flake.
Most times you even have to let your initial flake coat dry for a day or two, then color sand followed by another prep stage with layers of clear coat.
5-8 Coats of clear are the norm for these custom flake paint jobs that use jumbo flakes.
Your final result will be a DEEP, GLOSSY & Beautiful finish if color sanded and buffed properly… of course.
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