Automotive Flake and Pearl Paint Additives

Adding some flake or pearl metallic effects to your caru001as paint job can give it a new burst of beautiful color. The former puts sparkle on your car while the latter gives it a gleaming sheen. Both can leave your vehicle looking fresh and unique without being gaudy.

Can you paint with pearl dust?

When you decide to use either type of pearl dust, youu001are most likely going to put it in the clear coat finish or an intercoat. Your car already has its base color, and the addition will go on top, it needs to be suspended in a liquid to be spread across the vehicle. Which coat layer you choose will depend on your or your custom painters comfort level.

What pearl and flake colors are available?

Paint additions exist in almost as many colors as car paints do, including candy colors, so it might take some thinking to pick the right combination for your vehicle. The following shades are examples of the colors you can choose:

  • White
  • Black
  • Gold
  • Red
  • Blue

Pairing colors is entirely up to you, depending on the effect youu001ad like to create based on the color your car is or is going to be.

How much should be used?

The key to knowing how much shimmer or sparkle is right is to test it out on a piece of material similarly colored to your vehicle and see how it works in the light. While you can follow general guidelines for how much to add, the right amount will depend on how you want your car to look. This includes how many coats of the material you prefer. It helps to add the product in small increments until you get the desired output.

What are the different types of flake and pearl?

  • Flake typically varies based on size. The smallest kind, microflake, starts at .004 inches; the largest flaking can exceed .025 inches. The size you choose may also cause your choice of coating and coat application to vary, so you neednu001at be alarmed if you use one or two more additional layers of clear coating or intercoat.
  • Pearl comes in powder or liquid form. While they will both result in a similar look, the liquid version can harden over time and become more difficult to add to paint as a result. Conversely, there are some colors more readily available in liquid form. Pick the one most suited to your needs.