Mixing pearls in Cerakote

1 Simple Guide to 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.

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

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.

What type of pearl would you like to use today?

Top 5 Questions About Mica Powder Pearls vs Liquid Pearls

mica powder pearls and liquid pearls on a spoon

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

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

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 mica powdered pearls. HINT: There technically is no difference.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Give us a try and you won’t go back…

Liquid Wrap

Liquid Wrap Compatibility

key west pearl liquid wrap

1. dry Pearls

A question we get all to often here at Cande Shop is “can your products be used in plasti-dip & liquid wrap products?” The answer is YES! Getting good plasti-dip & liquid wrap coatings is key, but simply add 25g per gallon for our unicorn pearls, 50g per gallon for our color pearls or 75g per gallon for our chameleon pearls to achieve 100% coverage. We have tested with Plasti-Dip & Autoflex with great success.

2. Metal Flake

If you want to use our metal flakes, simply add a quarter of the .004″ or .008″ to a gallon of clear dip and spray. Remember you’ll have a rougher end result with the bigger sized flakes.

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3. Cande Concentrate

If you want to use our Cande Concentrate to create a peelable candy paint job, simply add 8oz of our concentrate to 2 gallons of clear glossy topcoat.

Have a color in mind? See one you like from another company?

We can even customize packages and let you know which colors to buy when you ask us for another “dip” companies color match. The “colorshift” pearls they advertise are all colors that they carry and when you buy our sample pack, you can have a whole variety of Colorshift (or Chameleon) pearls at your fingertips for about $20.00 per 25 gram quantity. So you can get your dip or other coatings pearls at a huge discount off of what you would think you might spend at our competitors. So when you search for dip or other coatings pearls, you should shop with us, because we are the premier coatings pearl provider on the Internet and we back the Dip community.

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