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question for my friend. does the metal flake go
in the base coat or the clear he says one painter
says base and another says in the clear
 

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Depends on what metalflake you are talking about. If you are talking about the bass boat style metalflake (big, huge flakes, like the glitter you used in kindergarten), that goes in the clear. Regular metalflake goes in the base, or in the paint if it is a single stage.

What kind of effect is your friend looking for? That will determine what he needs to use, and what it goes in.

Randy (and then there is pearl!);)
 

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it's best off in an inter-coat clear. You don't want it in the final clear, because when you buff it, you would hit some exposed flakes, and it would look like hell. Base, inter-coat, final clear, bam, it's perfect.
 

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Ya, Id put metalflake in basecoat for sure. You can sometimes put pearl into the clear, but even then its still cleared over with pure clear. Dont put anything into your final clears. :)
 

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hmmmm....I always thought metalic was in the basecoat (added when they mixed your paint at the paint supplier) while metalflake was in the clear(added by you when you paint your car)....:confused:

And yes you will put it in the first coat or two of clear and then put a coat or two of plain clear over it to help bury the flake.....Or you can spray the clear with the flake in it...let it set up and wet sand it to knock the little nubs off that are sticking out of the clear and then put a couple of coats of clear over that...:)

And ya pearl goes in the clear too....one word of advice for either pearl or metalflake.....a little goes a LOOOOONNNNNGGGGGGG way......dont go crazy with them or you will be dissapointed with the results...if you use to much flake in the clear the car will have a bassboat look to it...if you use to much pearl in the clear the paint will have a milky look to it...these are truely situations where less IS more. ;)
 

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If you put the metalflake or pearl in a clear basecoat, such as PPG DBC500 it will work out better.
When you add them to clear they can move around as the clear flows around body lines. This gives a poor appearance to the flakes as they puddle together.
With clear base you do not have flow (or shouldn't unless you're a hoser)
so it's not an issue.
If you add the flake or pearl to base color, it still works but you will reduce the affect as the color kills some of the flake or pearl.
 
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