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Old 05-27-2009, 03:40 PM
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Technique for Pearls

I am planning on painting my car soon and when I do so I am planning on using a pearl additive in the clear. I was wondering if anyone here has any experience or tips for shooting pearls. I kinda understand the concept of "dusting the horizon" but I would like a little more info on how to properly execute it.

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you gonna pearl the whole car??? what color is car??? what color pearl???gonna overlap pearls???maybe ghost flames???

whatever you choose ...DON'T add too much ...or it will look "muddy"
check books like "how to paint your car"or some other "custom paint tricks" books... on line or at local auto parts store... book stores also...
good luck

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The car is bright orange base. I am planning on doing a copper orange candy midcoat to add a little pop to the flat color, then a gold ghost pearl. I am curious as to weather I should only apply the ghost pearl in dry coats or do a mix of wet and a dry finals. A completely clear topcoat will finish of course.
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last time i did any pearls,,was about 20-25 years ago,,a lot of jack Daniels and left handed twisties since,,, if memory serves ..paint..clear..pearl.. clear...pearl.. clear..ect...ect...
this gives the illusion of depth.. done right it looks like it's a mile deep..
i'm kind of surprised that no professional painters giving any tips..try paint section??
try on a test piece first...kind of large.. wheelbarrow ..old hood..piece of sheet metal.. to see end result..
too much paint..starts to crack over time..
done right..sweet!!
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OK thank you! I plan on doing a test on a curved sheet of aluminum which i will paint the same color as my vehicle. Thank you for the advice.
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Some people say spray it dry but I like to spray them medium wet. You get a better orientation and sprakle in my opinion. I recently got some Zyrellic on ebay for a great deal. They were called Screamin' Pearl. It looks smokin over an orange base I was playing with. Definitely do not add too much pearl to your clear or you won't like it as bob said.
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I hate todate myself but the last time I shot pearl it was Murano carried in lacquer.

Back in the day I would shot it with a JGA502 cranked to max fan, hold back 16 inches or so and fog it on. Come back with a double wet coat of clear, let it dry then fog it again with the pearl at 90 degrees to the first spray pattern. Top coated with 3-4 double wet coats of clear.


As other have pointed out, a little pearl goes a long ways.

I will be learning the "new" way on my next project. Wife wants a pearl white Mustang and I will be using Barry's products.
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Be Very carefull not to mix in Too Much Pearl. My first attempt at pearl was on my Harley, It was Black and I was using purple pearl in the clear. I mixed it according to the dirrections But it didn't look pearl enough so I added more, it still didn't look pearl enough so I dumped the rest of the bottle into the mix and then sprayed. OH what a mistake!! The best I could call the color was Burppel.. A few weeks later at a run I was acused by a friend (In Fun) of copieing his new paint job, we went and looked and it was Burppel Too. He had done the same exact thing.
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