Flip Flop Paint: What is it?

Chameleon paint colors are also referred to as “Flip Flop Paint” or “Color Changing Paint”.  That’s exactly what they do, flip flop between colors (or change colors with viewing angle). Chameleon paints are created using a highly specialized pearl pigments. These pigments are made using either a base of mica or borosilicate. Titanium dioxide is added to achieve the colors you see. These pigments in their raw form are powder. They are then added to a carrier to be sprayed on the car. Chameleons are painted using a 3 stage system where, typically, a black base coat is sprayed first, then the chameleon layer is sprayed next and then the clear is sprayed last. Chameleon paints used to be incredibly expensive. They still can be, depending on if it’s mica or borosilicate based.

Borosilicate vs Mica: Mica is naturally mined from the earth. While borosilicate is man made from silica & boron trioxide. This gives them the added color flop that you see, but also comes at a more expensive price. Our Unicorn pearls are made from a borosilicate base, while the traditional chameleon pearls are made using the mica base.

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