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Getting metallic black from SPI paints? (newbie alert!!)

Pardon the ignorance, but I can't seem to find a straightforward answer to how to mix a nice metallic black. I've been lurking for months, and I'm looking to repaint my '91 Toyota MR2 (I know, it's not exactly a hot rod) after a collision from a reckless neighbor, and so far it actually seems less expensive to do a full color change with SPI than to do a respray of the same color with the higher-end paints from other companies. I'd like to stick with SPI, but I'm looking for a more vibrant black, and thus I was looking to add House of Kolor flakes to it. Will the base act kindly to this, and if yes...

1) would gold, silver, or some other color flake be best?
2) will 6oz of flake mixed with 1 gallon of black base be visible, or will it look like dust contamination? I know I'll need to spray a few test panels to check the final color, but will I need more than one can of flakes?
3) judging from the picture, will 1 gallon of unreduced SPI base be enough to paint everything (not including the interior cabin)?

I realize black is a difficult color to shoot, and metallics even more so, but I'm weighing my options at the moment. Any input is greatly appreciated

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Old 04-22-2006, 03:10 PM
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Any of the House of color pearls or flakes will mix fine as will the Sem line.

All I can recommend is start out with less than you think you want, mix a little up and spray a test panel.

You can always add but never subtract!
Also do all checking outside.
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