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Old 05-11-2007, 09:07 AM
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Why do some colors go dark at an angle?

I have been busy looking at a lot of colors on cars in selecting one for my mustang project. Why do some colors turn very darkwhen seen at an angle? If it's sunny day, only the panels that are actually facing you show up with color, and the sides that are away from you turn very dark. An on some colors, it the correct color no matter where you look. Does that makes sense? Is it maybe the heavy metallic colors?

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It all has to do with light refraction. The metallic or pearl particles in the paint reflect light. Depending on how the paint is applied they can be highly reflective or slightly reflective. If the paint is laid on wet the particles have time to settle and lay flat. If the paint is applied drier the particles have a better chance of setting up at a more advantageous angle for light reflection.

I'm not quite sure how the newer chameleon paints work.

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Face and Flop

If paint has just pigment and no metallic or pearl, it will look the same from every direction. If it has metallic, the light reflects on the angles of the metal flake and can look gold or yellow or silver, depending on the flake. Metallic flakes come in different shapes and sizes. Pearl is Mica. Cube shaped is your standard pearl. The 5 color changers are Shaved Mica, with many facets hence the multiple color effects. The pearls affect the side tone. We call the change in side tone the Flop.
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Thanks, that clears it up a lot, The color I tested was Phantom Blue Mica. Now I know what Mica stands for.
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