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Old 03-06-2004, 06:32 PM
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how does pearl paint work?? can i create one by using powder in the clear coat

could i put powder in the base paint

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Old 03-06-2004, 06:47 PM
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usually it is mixed in some clear, then covered with clear. turns a 2 stage paint job into a 3 stage. you can add pearl to pigmented paint, but it will be muted drastically. what kind of powder are you referring to?
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this is how i do pearl ... as long as im making the effort, might as well go all the way

stage one ........ 3 coats of basecoat - no pearl added

stage 2 ..... 3 coats of base and clear, mixed so its about 25 transparent - add a REASONABLE amount of pearl to this mix

stage 3 ... straight clear - add a small amount of the pearl to this coat - do one coat

stage 4 .... 2 coats of clear - no pearl added


adding pearl to basecoat alone means that only the pearl thats actualy on top will be seen ... giving the paint little extra depth

adding pearl to the clear alone only adds that extra color to the clear and doesnt doo much for the color itself

but mix a translucent base, and some of the deaper pearl sees light too ... and gives the color more depth ..

works best for darker colors, reds blue black ect
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i agree with crazy larry, but what i do is i put down my base color and then i mix my pearl into an intercoat clear which flashes off like a basecoat, and then i put two or three nice wet coats of clear over the whole deal . but whatever feels comfortable to you go with it . good luck
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Intention

The intention of pearls is not to be THE COLOR, but rather to provide a suttle direction for you color in various lights. The three stage way will be suttle, the four stage way will make the pearl more a part of the color. Best example I can think of is a Salmon. The fish has nice color but as you turn it in the light you see the many tones. Decide how you want to present your color and then YOU pick the process.

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I prefer trout to salmon. More colorful.
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Bones

Nope. Too many bones. But the trout is a good example of the pearl mixed into the paint. It is there and does not move in the light. I once painted a car white and then used a black pearl in the clear. At noon the car was a bright white. Almost starched. By midnight the car was jet black because of the street lights. But anyone that drives a Willys...... well what can I say. BONES.

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