3 Pearl Pigments Mistakes You Should Avoid

Pearl pigments can add excitement to any painting project. They can make a mess too if you do not use them properly. Pearl pigment paint is distinct from ordinary paints and it’s easy for you to make mistakes with it if you’ve never handled it before.

Let’s go through three of the most common peal pigment mistakes people make and how to avoid them.

Disregarding Light Effects

The color of your pearl pigment paint might not be the same color observed when sunlight falls on the surface on which you’ve applied it. A different color might be observed depending on the base coat used. It is important to study pearl pigments and understand how they behave when light falls on them. If you don’t, the painted surface might end up looking a whole lot different from how you had intended it to look.

Take for instance red pearl pigment paint. When painted over a white base-coat, it will tend to glow pinkish when sunshine falls on it.

We recommend having a test panel where you spray the paint and observe the results. Testing is essential if you decide to mix the colors yourself. Testing will help you avoid wasting your pearl pigments and energy.

Inconsistent Application

Most painters tend to disregard consistency when it comes to the speed and pressure of spraying. While it will not make a difference with ordinary paint, it makes a world of difference when it’s pearl pigment paint. Light will be reflected and refracted differently on the painted surface and its appearance will not be uniform. 

You have to maintain consistency with the distance at which you are holding the spray gun, and the speed at which the paint is hitting the surface. Strive to ensure that each square inch of the surface gets the same amount of paint. Consistency is key if you want your pearl pigment paint job to be consistent.

Wrong Handling

Pearlescents should be handled gently. You should never think of grinding them. Ensure you get them in the right texture. Grinding them or subjecting them to bombardment might destroy the metal oxide coating. Although some pearl pigments have natural colorants, the most common ones are coated with a metal oxide to give them their luster. Your paint mixers should not subject the pearl pigment to excessive tear.

As you continue to work with different types of pearl pigments like (zbr hypershift, zga hypershift, zgp hypershift, zth hypershift) and more, you will better understand how they behave and how you should handle them. Pearl pigment paint jobs are always lovely when done right.