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F A Q

F A Q

What can I use Didspade’s pearls with?

Our pearls can be used with various types of clears. We test our pearls in Automotive Paints, Plasti Dip, Halo EFX, and Raail.

All of which produce great results.

 

How do I use pearls with liquid wrap coatings or automotive paint?

  1. First you will need to choose a base color. In selecting a base color, you will need to consider the color of the pearl you will be using. Choosing a base color that compliments or enhances the pearl’s final appearance is suggested. We suggest using light or bright colored pearls over a white or color-matching base. For example: use a white pearl over a white base, or brighter colors (yellows, golds, oranges) over a color-matching base, etc. For darker colored pearls and ColorShift Pearls we suggest using a black base.

  2. Once you have the base applied, mix the suggested amount of pearls into your dip or automotive clear base. When adding pearl pigments into a solution we recommend mixing in small increments at a time. This will help reduce clumping. Let settle and mix a few times before spraying to properly disperse powder. In some cases, additional reducers/thinners may be needed to maintain sprayability.

 

For suggested mixing ratios please see the charts below.

 

Liquid Wrap Ratios

Automotive Ratios

Solid & White Pearls

50g per gallon

25g per quart

Interference Pearls

50g per gallon

25g per quart

ColorShift Pearls*

75g per gallon

25g per 40oz

Glow Pearls

200g per gallon

50g per quart

*When using undyed ColorShift pearls (white pigments and Epic Series) 50g per gallon can help you avoid striping and “whiting out” issues (extra coats may be necessary).

 

  1. Apply pearl coats over the base until you reach the desired amount of coverage. Most of our pearls reach full coverage in approximately 2-3 coats. Please note, if spraying a light colored pearl over a darker base color, additional coats will be required to achieve full coverage.

  2. For added protection, we recommend finishing with a UV protected clear coat.

 

What can I use Didspade’s metal flakes with?

Flakes can be added to automotive clears (Intercoat clear recommended), and liquid wrap clears.

 

What flake size should I use, and what type of spray gun do I need?

  1. Choose a flake size that best suits your needs. We carry four sizes of flakes ranging from the smallest (0.004) to the largest (0.025). The smaller flake sizes (0.004 and 0.008) are commonly referred to as Micro Flakes. Micro flakes will produce a subtler sparkle effect, and larger flakes reflect more light which amplifies their sparkling effects. Smaller flake sizes will decrease knockdown and require less clear coats to smooth out.

  2. Gravity guns and siphon guns (with filters removed) work well. Dry flake guns are another option but the application process is completely different.

  3. Please be sure to use an appropriate spray gun tip size, to allow for proper passage of the flake. See chart below for reference.

Flake Size

Gun Tip Size

0.025

2.5mm or greater

0.015

1.7mm or greater

0.008

1.5mm or greater

0.004

1.3mm or greater

* For best results with Liquid Wrap Applications, we suggest using 0.004 & 0.008 (also compatible with DYC Sprayer System).

 

How do I use flakes with automotive paint or liquid wrap coatings?

  1. Flakes can be applied over any base color. However, we suggest choosing a base color that’s complimentary to your flake. For example, choosing a base that is 4-5 shades darker than your flake can create the illusion of full coverage in 2 coats.

  2. Mix flake into clear with stirring stick. We suggest adding small increments at a time until you have reached your desired effect. While mixing, occasionally remove the stirring stick to help you gauge flake coverage. Please see below for suggested ratios.

 

Application

Ratios

Automotive Clears

1-3 tablespoons per quart of ready to spray material

Liquid Wrap Clears

25g per gallon

*If using a DYC Sprayer System we suggest NOT exceeding 25g per gallon

 

  1. After mixing, pour mixture into the cup of your gun, but DO NOT use a strainer. Also, please remember your gun’s filter must be removed before pouring.

  2. Spray 1-2 coats. When spraying, try not to apply more than two coats. More coats equal more surface roughness, which can lengthen the smoothing process. Gun should not be too far from the surface, 4-5 inches is ideal. Allow for 15-30 minutes flash time between coats.

  3. THIS STEP IS FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS ONLY: After you are satisfied with flake application, allow proper flash times. You may now begin laying down or knocking off any standing flake, using a scuff pad. Apply topcoat clear to bury the flake. Various levels of sanding, and additional clear coats may be needed. Please note: sanding colored flakes will reveal flakes true color (silver).

Remember more coats equal more drying time. After allowing for proper drying time, complete your final wet sanding and polishing.

  1. THIS STEP IS FOR LIQUID WRAP APPLICATIONS ONLY: Once you are satisfied with flake application, finish with 3 or more coats of clear. High gloss clears are recommended.

 

What are Candy Concentrates?

Candy concentrates are powders that get dissolved into solvents to create intensely vibrant color tinted solutions that can be added to various types of clears while maintaining transparency.

Ratios: 5g will tint 1+ quarts, and 20g will tint 1+ gallons.

Please note: ratios can be adjusted to darken or lighten the tint.

 

How do I use candy concentrates with automotive paint?

  1. Mix powders into solvent based reducer, stir and allow time for powder to dissolve.

  2. Once dissolved, filter the concentrated solution into clear.

  3. For the best results, use over a silver base or a Chrome metal flake base.

  4. We recommend spraying a test to gauge tint/number of coats.

  5. Spray 3-4 coats. Please remember, additional coats will slightly darken tint.

  6. After you have achieved the desired tint, finish with a UV protected clear coat.

 

How do I use candy concentrates with liquid wrap coatings?

  1. Mix 5g into approximately 2oz of Xylene. OR 20g into approximately 8oz of Xylene. Most liquid wrap gallons are pre-thinned, so following the suggested ratios will help you avoid over-thinning.

  2. Stir concentrates in Xylene, and allow time for powder to dissolve.

  3. Once dissolved, filter the concentrated solution into clear.

  4. For the best results, use over a silver base. We recommend Titanium Frost Pearl

IMPORTANT: We suggest laying down extra base coats and allow for proper drying time with each coat of Candy Concentrate. This will prevent concentrates from penetrating through the base layers, which can stain factory clears. Additionally, we DO NOT recommend spraying Candy Concentrates directly over factory clear coats.

  1. We recommend spraying a test to gauge tint/number of coats.
  2. Spray 3-4 coats. Please remember, additional coats will slightly darken tint.
  3. After you have achieved the desired tint, finish with a clear topcoat.

 

What types of safety equipment do I need?

We always recommend using proper safety equipment, such as: protective eyewear, protective clothing and most importantly a NIOSH approved respirator during your application and while handling products.

 

What else can I use your products for?

Aside from the automotive industry, our products can be used for carpentry, masonry, hobbies, crafts and many other artistic applications.

 

What types of shipping options are available?

We offer services from USPS and FedEx. Choose a service that best fits your needs. The following services are available (within the continental U.S.):

Economy Ground, USPS Priority, USPS Priority Express, FedEx 2Day, FedEx Priority Overnight.

 

What about overnight Saturday delivery for FedEx?

Please call 480-588-6355 for a quote that includes Saturday delivery.

 

I have more questions, how can I contact you?

We are happy to answer any of your questions. Please call 480-588-6355 or email us at sales@didspade.com.

Or you may visit our Contact Us page.