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.

So the next time someone asks where to get the BEST flip flop paint, you can tell them flipfloppaint.com

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Cande Paint & Differences In Our Products

Here we go through the available cande paint products available at candeshop407.com

Cande concentrate – concentrated transparent paint pigment

Cande – transparent paint. Simply reduce & spray over a metallic basecoat

Cande midcoat – transparent paint with added pearl. Gives a candy painted look without needing a metallic basecoat

Cande base coat – transparent paint with added pearl. Gives the candy painted look when sprayed over a solid color base, the easiest path to spraying a candy paint job.

Urethane Cande – 2k transparent paint, sprays like your clear coat

Mixing pearls in Cerakote

Mixing Pearls in Cerakote

How do you go about mixing pearls in Cerakote?

Cande Shop powdered pigments are added to Cerakote H-301 Matte Armor Clear or H-300 Gloss Armor Clear. Sprayed on top of a Cerakote base color.

How much do I use?

It is entirely up to your desired outcome, we recommend

Step by step instructions:

  1. Measure out your Cerakote H-300 or H-301 clear
  2. Add in your pearl & begin mixing pearls in Cerakote to avoid clumping
  3. Load your spray gun with the desired base color (don’t forget the activator)
  4. Spray that base color
  5. Allow parts to flash for 15 minutes followed by a partial bake (180° F for 15 minutes)
  6. Allow pieces to cool
  7. Get the clear shaken up to disperse the pearl/flake
  8. Pour mix into cup & add activator
  9. Mix together to fully disperse activator
  10. Spray pearl/clear mixture
  11. Allow parts to flash for 15 minutes followed by full cure at 250° F (121° C) for 2 hours

The differences in color will be more noticeable with the H-300 gloss clear. Many gun owners want a matte finish. It helps with eliminating the reflection of light when aiming. Last thing you want is bright light in your eye as you’re aiming to hit your target. Using the H-301 matte clear, the pearl effect will be more muted, but noticeable.

Mixing pearls in Cerakote
slide done by Shelton Gunworks in Geneva, FL

HOW MUCH PAINT DO I NEED?

We know ordering the right amount of product for your paint project is crucial to making sure you or your customer’s project is completed on time and on budget.  Use the chart below as a guide for selecting the right amount of paint.

ProductSmall/ Medium CarMedium/ Large CarDoor Jams/Trunk/Underhood
Ground Coat*2-3 Quarts3-4 QuartsAdditional 1-2 Quarts
Mid Coat (Pearl, Cande, Chameleon)2-3 Quarts3-4 QuartsAdditional 1-2 Quarts
Clearcoat3-4 Quarts4 QuartsAdditional 1-2 Quarts
Activator (for clearcoat)1-2 Quarts1-2 QuartsAdditional .5-1 Quarts
Reducer (for paint)3-4 Quarts4 QuartsAdditional 1-2 Quarts

*Not all colors require a ground coat.

This table is to be used as a general guide line.  Check with a painter or paint specialist for your specific application.

Powder Pearls vs Liquid Pearls

Some of the most common questions when it comes to powder pearls liquid pearls are:

  • What are the different pearls and why are some more expensive?
  • What is the difference between powder pearls and liquid pearls?
  • Why are powder pearls less expensive?
  • How long will the color last?
  • Can they be intermixed?

We’re here to explain & answer any questions you may have. So we’ll begin with the makeup of pearls then go into the differences between the liquid pearls from a paint mixing system (ie Cromabase, PPG, BASF, etc) and our powdered pearls. HINT: There technically is no difference.

Chemical makeup of pearls:

Most pearls are mica based, our Unicorn pearls are borosilicate and our Sir Alec pearls are aluminum oxide. All of these base materials are then coated in titanium dioxide to achieve the desired color(s) outcome. Since mica is a natural mineral that can be mined from the ground, they are the least expensive. Aluminum oxide pearls are a bit more expensive and the borosilicates are the most expensive.

Differences between powder & liquids:

Technically there is no difference. All liquid pearls start with the raw powder form. They are intermixed with various hazardous materials such as methyl acetate, naptha and xylene combined with non-hazardous acrylic resin and ester resin. Anyone who tells you that because their pearls are liquid that they are superior, is lying. In fact many companies (including PPG & BASF) still produce powdered pearl products for their budget lines because it’s less expensive.

Why are powdered pearls less expensive?

This is because it’s the pearl in it’s rawest form. You’re getting the pearls prior to all the chemicals needed to make it a liquid. Therefore there is less money invested to produce the product.

How long will the color last?

This all depends on the pigment you are using. If you’re using a neon, they aren’t going to last long due to the way neon (aka fluorescent) colors work. They require absorption of UV light in order to give off such a bright, vibrant color. This same UV light is also what causes colors to fade. If you’re using any other pearl, they’re good for well over 5 years provided you take care of the topcoat clear properly.

Can pearls be intermixed?

Yes & no. Yes they can be intermixed, but you aren’t going to mix a red and a blue to get a red to blue color shift. It doesn’t work that way. Any time you’re intermixing pearls, you’re going to want to use a small amount to test the mix and then spray it out to see how it lays down.

SDS Sheets

Here you’re able to download all the SDS sheets, or safety data sheets, a standardized document that contains occupational safety and health data.

Slime

What child doesn’t love making & playing with slime? But how do you make pearl slime using our products?

How To Make Pearl Slime

You can make this in just minutes. The color is so intense, but the work isn’t.

  1. Add the glue and water together. Stir until the glue is incorporated.
  2. Mix in the activator (start with 1 tablespoon and add incrementally) and stir. Go slowly until the mass forms. If needed, add a little more activating solution until the mass is fully formed after stirring.
  3. Stretch the slime slowly – see this article for tips about clear slime. Once it’s lost some of its stickiness, knead it by hand until no longer sticky.
  4. Lay it flat on a protected surface and add in sprinkles of pearl powder. Just layer it over the mix. Use 2 Lines (5 gram bags). Slowly stretch the mix and fold in the pearl powder.
  5. (Optional) Add in metal flakes. Again use 2 Lines (5 gram bags).
  6. Store in an airtight container.

This allows your kids to play with a non-toxic toy that’ll keep them entertained for days. That is until they want a new color. Then the fun of making new & wild colors begins all over again. You have infinite possibilities, including a clear that sparkles only when light hits it, by using our Hallucination or Delirium pearls. Or color changing, by using our chameleon pearls.

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Epoxy Resin Pigments

“I love epoxy resin pigments but how much do I need?”

How much pearl you need to use is subjective, but a general guideline is that you should use 1g of powder per 8oz of mixed epoxy resin (or 16g per gallon of epoxy)

Thoroughly mix your epoxy Part A and Part B in the correct ratio first before adding the pearl.

Start off with a little and add more until you achieve your desired level of color.

Cande Shop pearls are made up of a very fine colored pigment that will disperse in your epoxy and adds a multi-dimensional, opaque color that varies depending on the thickness of epoxy and ambient lighting.

If you want a chameleon, or color shifting color, our Chameleon pearls are what you want.

If you’re interested in an even, transparent color, our Cande Concentrates will be more suitable. Good starting point is 1 8oz bottle per 2 gallons of mixed epoxy. 2 of our 2oz bottles per gallon of mixed epoxy for those smaller projects.

If you want a sparkle that catches your eye, metallic, Metal Flakes are what you want. Start with an 8th per gallon of mixed epoxy resin.

NOTE: Purchasers should always test and evaluate how any epoxy resin pigments look prior to a final mixing for a project. It is up to you to determine suitability of such products for their particular use. The powdered colorant shown on the listing, website, brochure or any marketing materials may not be exact due to limited computer monitor/printing processes. Each individual views color differently. Please contact us if you have any questions about the resin color before you purchase.

Powder Coat

“Can your products be used in powder coat?” YES! You don’t have to be the world’s best powder coater to understand how to effectively use our products

You can effectively use our products in powder coat clears, because they are effect pigment powders and are best when used in a base coat-clear coat scenario. The mixture of our pearls in colored powders is not recommended, since pearls may be drowned by the colors, but HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY sprayed with favorable results.

Since pearls are so versatile, you can achieve rich to subtle accents by adjusting the amount in your mixture. We recommend using 1 Nick (25g jar) of our pearl in 1 to 5 lbs. of clear powder. You will have a very strong effect when using in 1 lb. of powder, but a very faint pearl effect in a 5 lb. mixture.

When it comes to our metal flakes, we recommend our .004″ flakes because they are the smallest & thinnest available. While you’ll need to sand & re-clear, this will minimize the orange peel effect if you have one of those customers who needs something rushed. Since most of our flake is safe up to 375°F using a low temp cure clear is best.

REMEMBER, almost ALL OF OUR DRY PRODUCTS WILL WORK WELL IN POWDER COATINGS!

Give us a try and you won’t go back…