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#1 CadillacPat

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:45 PM

" Powdered Pearl Paint Additives "

 

There's been a little dialogue here recently concerning the use of Pearl Powders in AirBrushing.

I use two sources for my Powdered Pearls,

My first and original source is Pearl-Ex Powders by Jacquard and my other source is PaintWithPearl.com

Here's the Jacquard Pearl-Ex site,

http://www.jacquardp...x-pigments.html

 

With a list of places around the country to buy the Pearl-Ex Powders,

http://www.jacquardp....php?PrId=pgPXP

 

And PaintWithPearl.com,

http://www.paintwith.../candystore.htm

 

Back around 2000 I began showing other scale DieCast Customizers the benefits of House Of Kolor paints.

At that time DieCast Customizing consisted largely of people dipping their HotWheels into Easter Egg Dye.

Nobody else was using Decals or Graphics back then. 

HOK has their own line of Powdered Pearls but my needs for painting 1/64 DieCast did not quite require the large size amounts that they offered.

I looked around for other sources and found Pearl-Ex Powders by Jacquard in my local Texas Art Supply Stores could be purchased in small jars for less than $4, about 3/4 dry ounce quantity.

For $4 apiece I have every color they make and some they no longer issue.

Needing only a BB sized portion of Pearl-Ex Powder for my 1/64 scale paintjobs it was evident that these jars would last me years and years.

 

Pearl-Ex Powders by Jacquard also offer a kit of several colors in small amounts that still would last anyone a very long time.

http://www.jacquardp...rl-ex-sets.html

I prefer to buy individual colors as I need them.

Good Art Supply Stores will carry Pearl-Ex.

 

I started taking the Pearl-Ex Powders to DieCast Shows and Conventions to introduce them to other Customizers and today, like many of the products I use, they have caught on to enhance the paint on these tiny 3" cars.

 

Pearl-Ex Powders are colorfast and weather resistant but not UV resistant.

PaintWithPearl Powders however are of automotive quality and are UV resistant.

This slight difference in craft quality and automotive quality Pearl Powders is not much consequence to us airbrushing scale DieCast or Models since our builds do not see extended stays in direct sunlight.

However,

Anything you paint with Pearl Powders, regardless of the brand, needs to be seen in full direct sunlight to appreciate what Pearl Powders do.  You will never see the full effect of Pearl Powders unless you view them in bright direct sunlight.

The same Model that looks great displayed indoors becomes an entirely different and sparkling piece when taken outside.  The intensity of difference is phenomenal.  It actually explodes in bright color.

 

PaintWithPearl Powders are a bit smaller in size (microns) than Pearl-Ex and come in many different colors.

Either can be shot through a .3 AirBrush needle.

Quantity of powder doubles with PaintWithPearl and so does the price per unit, about $10, but shipping is very cheap, about $3 combined shipping.

 

The benefits and ways to use Pearl Powders, either of the two brands, are numerous.

Needle sizes as small as .3 will adequately disperse either brand.  These are very fine Powders and not Flakes.

 

I'll list a few random uses and results,

You can mix Pearl Powders into your ColorCoat but they will most often sink below the surface unless used in large ratios to the amount of paint.

The full effects of Pearl Powders are best achieved with the Pearl floating in the Clear or Candy and not just laying on the surface of a ColorCoat.

 

Pearl Powders, as minute as they are, are actually individual platelets with two sides.

Just like tiny broken pieces of a mirror, but in powdered form.

 

You always want to use a lighter color of Powdered Pearl than the underlying ColorCoat.

Using a Pearl Powder that contrasts with the underlying color allows the Pearl to peek in and out of the color.

Pink Pearl on top of a Black ColorCoat, Blue ColorCoat or underlying Blue Candy, shifts to Purples and Lavenders.

If you want to use a dark Pearl on top of White or even Yellow you need to test because the Powder might show up as very tiny specs and you don't want that.

 

But, you can use a Brilliant Gold Pearl Powder over White as I do often, to make your job explode in direct sunlight.

The uses and combination of colors is endless.

Interference Pearls are available from both links listed that give a White background the chameleon effect of shifting from White to Iridescent Pink, Blue, Lavender, Gold, etc.

Using any Pearl Powder on top of a Gloss Black Colorcoat will always give you fantastic color changing effects.

 

Also check out the Duo Pearls in both Pearl-Ex and PaintWithPearl,

Duo-Green/Yellow,  Duo Green/Blue,  Duo Red/Blue

These Powdered Pearls are different colors on oppostie sides of the platelet.

They have color shifting qualities built right into them and are just one more way to get out of this world effects for a penny's worth of Pearl.

 

The amount of Pearl you use can slightly enhance or completely change underlying colors.

 

You can very nearly create the same color shifting effects of expensive chameleon paints by using contrasting Pearls on top of Candies or in your ClearCoat.

You can simply mix a little Pearl Powder with Reducer alone and dust a Satin effect directly onto a colorcoat.

This method is applied directly on top of a ColorCoat and changes the color dramatically.

But,

You need the thickness, as minimal as it is, of a ClearCoat to allow the Pearl Powder platelets to disperse at different levels within the thin layer of Clear.

This allows the platelets to place themselves at different angles to each other forcing light to bounce around from platelet to  platelet.

 

Picture this, the game Plinko where a ball is dropped down through multiple pegs and bounces all around, up and down, till it hits the bottom, like on The Price Is Right Show.

The ball represents particles of Light and the Pegs are the Powdered Pearl Platelets within the ClearCoat.  You get omni-directional reflection of Light, trapped within the Clear, resulting in a burst of electric color.

 

Again, the amount of Pearl used can slightly enhance or completely change the underlying color.

Here's a Black car with some of my Flame Decals that is ClearCoated using a little Emerald Green Pearl.

The Decals are hardly affected but the Black background suddenly changes completely to an Electric Emerald Green.

PICT0006-7.jpg

 

Here with the Purple version using Lavender Pearl Powder over a Black background,

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And another Emerald Green Convention car I created,

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A little Pink Flamingo Pearl in the Clear over Purple,

PICT0131.jpg

 

Shimrin Gold Pearl in Clear over HOK Tangelo Pearl,

You can see how the Pearl show more intense at different light angles,

GTO6.jpg

 

The same Gold Pearl in Clear over Tangelo Pearl combination showing how the colors shift,

BrnGldFF.jpg

 

HOK Zenith Gold and Limetime Pearl ClearCoated with a drop or two of Pagan Gold Intensifier and Aztec Gold Pearl Powder,

[IMG]http://img.photobuck.../GoldGrn1.jpg[/IMG]

 

Silver Competition Stripes and HOK Strato Blue, Cleared with a couple of drops of Oriental Blue Intensifier and Electric Blue Pearl Powder.

[IMG]http://img.photobuck...lueVelvet.jpg[/IMG]

 

So you see, you can use these Pearl Powder Additives in countless ways obtaining an infinite number of color results.

Spray a little Pearl Powder directly onto a colorcoat and change the underlying color dramatically.

Or,

Mix it into your layers of Candy and/or Clear and get beautiful subtle or color shifting effects.

Always begin your mix with tiny amounts of Pearl Powder because you can always add more, but to reduce an amount of Pearl in a mixed ClearCoat you will have to dilute it with more Clear.

 

When the subject of using Pearl Powders in an InterCoat Clear comes up, just remember,

InterCoat Clears are not durable ClearCoats.

They are not meant for build up and should only be applied in very light 2 or 3 layers.

As I mentioned above, if you just want to spray some Pearl directly onto a ColorCoat, you can mix some Pearl in some Reducer and maybe a few drops of InterCoat Clear for Binder and Stick.

And,

InterCoat Clears must be ClearCoated over.

 

For me, AirBrushing and mixing paint is a very important part of the job.  Very enjoyable.

There are so many possible combinations of ColorCoats, Candies and Pearls that an infinite number of totally unique paintjobs can be laid down.

 

The indoor pics I have shown let you see subtle color shifting effects of this technique, but, taking your finished jobs out into direct sunlight will blow your mind.

You can see more examples of my color shifting Pearl Powders at my sites below,

 

CadillacPat


Edited by CadillacPat, 18 February 2013 - 10:17 PM.


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

thanks for the info!



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:05 PM

Very interesting info, Pat. I have some of the pearl-ex and was wondering how to work with it. Thanks for providing this tutorial.



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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:16 PM

thanks for the info!

 

 

Very interesting info, Pat. I have some of the pearl-ex and was wondering how to work with it. Thanks for providing this tutorial.

 

You bet,

 

I need to add, and I will paste this into the main body above,

Also check out the Duo Pearls in both Pearl-Ex and PaintWithPearl,

Duo-Green/Yellow,  Duo Green/Blue,  Duo Red/Blue

These Powdered Pearls are different colors on oppostie sides of the platelet.

They have color shifting qualities built right into them and are just one more way to get out of this world effects for a penny's worth of Pearl.

 

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:07 AM

What does the term interference, on some colors, mean?



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:37 AM

Thanks for sharing the benefit of your experience with pearls. Very informative.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:40 AM

What does the term interference mean?

 

Don it's just a fancy word for color shift, similar to the Duo Pearls.

 

The Interference colors are White Pearls that faintly shift to another color.

In the Tutorial I talk about always placing lighter colored Pearls over darker colorcoats.

If you place dark Pearls over White you get tiny specs unless the Pearls are very light Pastels or Bright Gold.

The Interference Pearls subtly shift from Pearl White to light Green, Coral Pink, Orchid, Blue or whatever the other color in the Interference Pearl is.

 

Let me find pics of a plastic '89 Batmobile I did that won 2nd place in a HW Convention in Dallas.

I used Pearl-Ex Interference Green on it,

The colors shift from Pearl White to Green to Coral Pink,

I'll post it over in DieCast Models.

 

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:59 AM

thank you Pat 

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:02 PM

thank you Pat 

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You bet Andy,

If you have any questions just ask!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 10:11 PM

Some more Pearl,

 

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More to come,

 

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:22 PM

Some more Pearl,

 

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More to come,

 

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This little buggy above with Dallas Cowboys decals and the Dallas Cowboys pearl colors your mentioning would be a superb build for anyone :D



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:21 PM

This little buggy above with Dallas Cowboys decals and the Dallas Cowboys pearl colors your mentioning would be a superb build for anyone :D

 

Yes Hooter, I did a Cowboy Dairy Delivery Custom for a guy in Dallas.

The Silver and Blue colors are okay but they just don't have enough contrast for that Wow factor.

 

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:25 AM

Pat, what process do you use to make your decals? White letters on black indicate they're not ink jet.



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 04:28 AM

Pat, what process do you use to make your decals? White letters on black indicate they're not ink jet.

 

Don, those are!!!!!   They're made on Clear InkJet Decal Paper from Papilio.com

I don't use the White Paper because it is so much thicker than Clear.

 

When I first got online DieCast Customizers for the large part could only use a homemade Decal on a light color of car.

While most of my Promotional Customs at that time were made using SnowWhite Pearl HOK I also wanted to put graphics on cars of any color.

So, I came up with this process,

 

Above,

After Primer the fenders are shot House Of Kolor Black,

Fenders are dusted with InterCoat Clear for Taping, then taped and the whole thing is shot HOK Shimrin White and then HOK SnowWhite Pearl,

Upper left and right side Panels are taped ujsing Tamiya Tape and a Frisket mask, made from one of the roof Decals themselves, is attached to the roof and the whole thing is then shot House Of Kolor Zenith Gold,

The nose is dusted with HOK InterCoat Clear for taping, taped, and then the grill outline is shot,

All tape is removed and then the Decals go on.

So, when I want true color InkJet Decals on dark colored DieCast, I just AirBrush a White surface that will fit behind the Decal image.

 

It's the same with many of the flamed HW Passions I have in threads.

 

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:47 PM

Pat, what process do you use to make your decals? White letters on black indicate they're not ink jet.

 

But, yes, they are Clear InkJet Decals!!!!!!

For a visual explanation of this check out Part III of my Decal Tutorials,

 

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