It would have to be pretty clear/translucent paint, or you would not be able to see it. Should be used in clear only.
When you buy paint that has pearl in it the paint itself is very thin and somewhat translucent. If you just added the pearl to any paint you'll only see the very top surface of the paint and you'd lose any depth and pearl effect. As an example think about dumping something thick and chunky ( like chili ) and what do you get? A pile of thick goo that sits on the floor. Now dump the same chili with peas in it. How many of those peas are you going to see on the surface? Not many.... ( I was going to use a puke example but....: ) )
Anyway, pearl paint is usually a three stage application. A base color, the pearl paint on top of that, then the clear. You can add pearl to clear by itself but you still want to add a couple of layers of clear on afterwards for polishing....otherwise you'd be wetsanding and polishing the pearl-added clear and you'd mess up the paint.
SoCal Jim Member
Posts: 110 From: Lincoln County, NC. Registered: Sep 2010
Pearl . . . a fine powder. Goes into the clear for as many coats as you like. Just shoot till your happy. Then . . . clear only . . . for a bunch, shoot till your happy. If you put pearl into the paint . . . you bury the pearl. That way the top coats are clear only and can be repaired if chipped or scratched. (no pearl).
I shot black then clear with red pearl for that "black cherry" look. Then more clear for the deep wet look.
That's exactly what I was thinking the moment I saw the ebay link. How does one wetsand a clear with pearl in it.. the pearl will smear and fall over.
You don't wet sand the clear with the pearl in it, you wet sand the coats of clear you put over the clear with the pearl in it. SoCal Jim explains it well. Same as other things in life there is more then one way to skin a cat, or more then one way to use pearl, but if you put it in a paint that is opaque, you are pretty much wasting your time.
I actually use the House of Kolor pearl additive in the paste form. Either way, the pearl additive allows you to put light coats on to get the desired affect, whether you want a very gentle colored "shadow" in certain lighting or an all-out color that is constantly visible. Obviously 95% of the pearl paint jobs are over a white base but you can add the pearl over certain darker colors to enhance the color.
Feb 24th, 2011
Posts: 1464 From: Star City, AR, USA Registered: Sep 2010