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Painting with powder
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 3:23 PM
After reading about pearlescent powders in a recent issue I gave it a try. I couldn't be happier with the results so far. Just as the author said it would be. I will continue to experiment with this method . I would, however, like to hear of anyone else that has used this stuff and perhaps gain more knowlege about it. Thanx!
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 1:11 PM
I got the PearlEx powders too.

I'm building a new VW Bug for my daughter. I painted the body bright yellow, and she likes purple. So I mixed the interference violet with some clear coat and sprayed that on top of the yellow with my airbrush. It turned out great. The purple color only shows up when the light hits it just right.

I also mix the gold powders with base colors and clear coats for an amazing metalflake paint job. But the powders are pretty expensive so I haven't painted exclusively with the powder. But my wife works at Michael's where I got them, so I can exercise her employee discount.Big Smile

Shane-
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 5, 2004 5:28 AM
Hello Shane,
Yes, Michaels is where I bought the PearlEx, it isn't cheap. But as you say the result can be awesome. Do you know if seperate colors can be purchased? I've seen only assortment packs and not all the shades are useful ( in my opinion).

You mentioned that you've added powder to base (solid) colors thereby making metallic paint. I was unaware this was possible. I thought the solid color would just coat the pearl powder so it would NOT show up in the finish. I can hardly wait to try this out. I'm curious what ratio to use to gain this metallic effect.

What about shelf life? The author of the SAE article stated that the mixture was stable for about a week before it began to gel. I've had no problem with this. I do of course only make a little amount but there is always some left. ( I've painted 1/2 doz subjects in this manner)

I would love to hear the opinion of the pro's at Scale Auto on this product. The possibilities of creating endless shades of metallic colors fascinates me!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 7, 2004 9:16 PM
Plas-

There is so much that you can do with the powders it is only limited by your imagination. I completely concur with the limited palette of PearlEx, but, what can you do?

As far as sets or individual jars, Michaels carries the sets, but when I took my daughter to college in Kansas I took my wife to the scrapbook store and there I found huge, individual jars of PearlEx powders. So, if your significant other is the artsy crafty type, follow her around, or better yet, offer to take her to her favorite craft store and then look around for yourself. See what is on the other side of the fence. In a stained glass store my wife likes I found some prismatic film that does amazing things when put on back windows. There is also this mylar stuff that has a dry-transfer backing. Get a glue pen [sold at the scrapbook store], mask off some pinstripes or flames, lay down some glue and then transfer from the Mylar onto your car. It's all acid free [a big thing for scrapbookers] so I don't think that it will mess up the finishes of the cars.

Just get out there, score some quality time points with the mrs. and explore what there is to expand the realms of modeling.

Sorry, got a bit off track. But I think you get the point.

Shane-
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 9, 2004 10:49 AM
where is this stuff found i'm interested on trying it...
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 9, 2004 4:25 PM
PEARLEX POWDERS can be found at most arts & crafts stores. You can find them on line also. A search for ' PearlEx ' on the internet will reveal a huge list of retail outlets that will sell mail order. There are so many I can't recommend any single site. Just surf around and you will see.

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