Pearl Car Paint Colors
Pearl Paint Colors with colored shimmers are made by combining special pigments called pearlescent pigments with traditional transparent pigments. Unlike metallic colors whose sparkle is based on a silver aluminum platelet, pearls are available in a wide range of sparkle colors and sizes. As such, pearl colors are said to have more “color depth” than the average car paint color. Pearl colors can be 2 stage where a pearl base color is applied then cleared or a 3 stage system where a solid base color is applied, then a pearl midcoat, and a protective clearcoat. Lighter colored pearl car paint colors tend to be more transparent than lighter colored metallic shades and as such many pearl car colors require a uniform color underneath since the lighter pearl color is likely not to hide color differences beneath. In fact many light colored pearl colors such as white pearls require a specific base color underneath making them a true 3 stage color. On the contrast, darker and medium shades are well suited for 2 stage applications and often will cover or hide the surface beneath well. From an application stand point 2 stage pearls are comparable to their metallic counterparts in ease of application but 3 stage pearls are often more challenging due to the transparent nature of the pearl midcoat. The durability of pearl finishes is generally comparable to that of metallics colors. To learn more about pearl colors visit our pearl colors page in the colors menu above.