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painting pearl white

Hi guys a freind of mine wants me to spray his harley with pearl white paint. I never used pearl before and i'm wondering if theres a better solution to get a show quality paint job with white? Anytime i have used white it was with acrylics and it came out nice but since were just spraying a bike and cost isent really a factor since its just a bike i would really like to get some other opinions. What about clearing white i know it it yellows it a bit anyway around that? Thanks any suggestions would really be appreciated.

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You'll have fun if you take your time.
The biggest problem with white is keeping everthing clean as you go through the steps,,, wear a paint suit.

Have a peek in this link for motovation... you can do

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>>another trick would be to use a "Factory Pack " mix for say Lexus pearl white ... nice soft pearl white in 2 parts with a midcoat with the pearl already figured for you

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If the factory pack is too pricy,you can just use some gold pearl paste which is cheap for a small jar and it will last you quite awhile.Just do some test panels to get the mix to what you want. Start out light with about a 1/2 tsp. per sprayable qt. and add more if you need. If your shooting PPG,Try the Polar White. It's about as white as white gets. Dupont Chromabase would be a late model Toyota code. It's very white as well, I can give you the code later if you want.
Yellowing is usually from the clear itself as some do have a yellow tint with the UV additives. Dupont's 7500 Chroma is one as I've shot it on some aluminum intakes and it added a yellow tint to them.
Try Dupont's Nason 497. It's a really "clear" clear IMO. It's reasonable in price and sprays great.
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You have never painted a pearl before. So many factory colors have pearl in them nowadays. Either mixed with the paint, or as a midcoat. Not really much different then spraying a metallic. The biggest problem I have with white is it is harder to see how its laying out and when clearing when you have a nice wet gloss on the entire car, but not to the point of running. White has always been my least favorite color to spray, I get snowblind when staring at it long enough. Yeah some clears do have a yellowish tint to them.
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The more pearl you add the more yellow tint the clear/intercoat takes on.. it is not the clear turning, it is the additives in it... You can always use an intercoat and apply as many coats as needed to get the desired effect... then top coat as usual the next day.
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