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Candy coat vs Pearl paint.

Hey guys,

so, somewhat unrelated to hotrods, but something very necessary for hot rods and other vehicles alike is paint... I will be repainting my fiancee's car and canot decide what paint style to go with. The color is white, and she really wants it to pop, or sparkle.... So, i was looking into candy and pearl, Parma Faschang, and all other types... what's good, what's easier, why? durability?

I have painted fenders and doors, hoods and trunks, so i know the basics... just trying to understand the differences in all these products...

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Unless you are a perfect painter I would say candy is out of the question. Unless you are dead on with your spray pattern, distance from panel and speed you will most likley end up with streaks or mottling. Pearl is a little bit easier, but can still be difficult. To many mid coats and it can turn milky on you. Look into maybe getting a basecoat that has the pearl already in it, won't look as nice as a three stage but will still "pop" nicely.
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Ok.... any particular brand you might recommend? i was looking at kirker, which is on the cheaper end.... i have painted car panels and painted a whole car matte grey... but not that experienced.... definitely dont want a duplicolor type paint job....
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If you're going to do a metallic or pearl, I'd suggest not using the manufacturer's low end stuff. Dupont either Chromabase or Spies Hecker. I dunno much about the other base coat manufacturers but tend to believe the better grade stuff will net you better results.
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How about House of Kolor white pearl???

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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If you want a sparkling white I would go with this kit:

To get a sparkling white you would have to go with a tri-coat. I have used that kit before and it makes a really nice clean white. It's made with zirallic pearl which are the better looking pearls. This color is being used on a lot of high end vehicles now because it does not have that milky yellow tint like a lot of white tri-coats do. House of Kolor PBC44 over BC26 white is nice also but not as nice as this zirallic white kit.
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