How To Spray Metal Flake in 6 Steps

One of the most searched custom paint questions on google is “how to spray metal flake”. So no you’re not alone in wondering how all those bright, sparkly paint jobs are done.

Metal flake paint jobs are a common option for cars and other equipment, like skateboards, tumblers or guitars. The question “How do I spray metal flake?” still remains. To create this type of paint, mix metal flake into a carrier (intercoat clear or 2k clear coat). Once you’ve poured this paint mixture into your paint gun, apply the mixture to your desired surface. Apply at least 2 coats of paint until you achieve your desired color!

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How much metal flake do I use?

This is entirely up to you or the person you’re painting for. A good rule of thumb for 100% coverage is 1 8th per quart of carrier. If you’re not after full coverage, 1 8th is enough to do a full car. Note this will result in much less sparkle and a subtle color on top of your basecoat.

How do I spray metal flake paint?

Once you’ve reduced your intercoat (or activated your 2k clear), dump in the amount of flake you want. Be sure to stir this mixture well as flake is heavy, so it will settle to the bottom.

  1. Spray your first coat over your dry basecoat. Using 50% overlap to ensure you get even coverage.
    • If not using a disposable cup system, empty your spray gun into the cup you mixed the flake in. Keep your spray gun upside down. This prevents the flake from settling to the bottom of your gun, resulting in a huge burst of flake coming on your next spray.
  2. Once you’ve given your carrier the time to flash off, stir the flake mixture again to evenly disperse the flake. Pour back into your spray gun.
  3. Spray your 2nd coat.
  4. Continue these steps until you get the desired coverage (should be no more than 4 coats).
  5. Allow your carrier to flash off before top coating with 2k clear to bury the flake.
  6. Once your top coat clear dries to sand, you sand the surface to remove all orange peel (texture) before laying out tape for graphics or simply re-clearing.

Below you’ll see a picture of our Holographic Gooch’s Beard Clippings sprayed on a helmet by Gooch Customs

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