How to custom paint over existing paint. Prepping your existing paint job.
The “Scuff and Shoot” custom paint job:
This article tells you basically what you need to do if your paint is already in good condition, but you want to add a special effect pigment custom paint over existing paint.
Since prepping your existing paint is so important, we will cover it in some detail. The very first step is to remove as much of the vehicle’s hardware as you can (i.e. taillights, mirrors, side marker lights. Don’t remove something you want to paint, though. You must then mask areas that could potentially be damaged by sandpaper or scuff marks (grilles, door handles, chrome trim, rubber trim).
You must prep the entire surface of what you are painting. Use a wet-sand paper in a 600 grit or a red Scotch-Brite scrubbing pad. Remove all shine from the surface you are going to custom paint. Make the entire surface look dull. Those micro-scratches give the paint a good rough surface to adhere to.
Mask the entire project for paint. Anything that could be effected by overspray should be covered. After masking, use a cleaner to remove any wax and grease (like PPG’s dt-330) so that the project will be ready for paint. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for use of their products. It is vital that YOU DO NOT TOUCH THE PROJECT AFTER CLEANING. If you are not painting immediately, repeat the cleaning process before paint.
Pick the products that you plan on using. Which product you use will determine the rest of the paint job. Our instructions will tell you how to custom paint with the product you have chosen. The remaining directions will differ depending on the product you have chosen.
With so many years of experience in the world of paint with pearl pigments and many other pigments, this is something you should know. One may ask, “How do I use Pigments instead of Paints? Can I make my own custom paint colors?” Well, that’s easy. Just simply stir your mixture of pigments into any medium you wish to apply. It’s as simple as adding some powder to a clear coat and stirring it in. Not any specific clear, either. ANY CLEAR medium that sticks to an object. From nail polish to Elmer’s Glue to auto paint and fiberglass. We mean EVERYTHING CLEAR. So here it is: the top 5 reasons to use pigments instead of paints.
Shelf Life. Pigments can last nearly forever if kept in a cool dry storage room.
Pigments will never freeze and gum up. Just mix them into a fresh clear and color match your project years later.
In conclusion, you should never let the huge companies tell you that you cannot mix pigments yourself. It is very easy to mix your own pearl pigments into paint, and the results are that you have a product that will be as good to spray or paint in 5 years or in 5 minutes. Pearls and Pigment pigments have always been the easiest to use when you want to make DIY custom paint colors.
Candy Color Pearls and Chameleon pearls make great colorants when mixed with your favorite theatrical makeup mediums. Use in Mineral oil, beeswax, petroleum jellly, and even essential oils. Create amazing effects on bare skin or mix with liquid latex to tint it and make incredible colors. All pigments work great in airbrush. Try using in Costume Design and monster makeup as well.
When you look at the ingredients for your normal everyday cosmetics, you will find that Mica is a pretty big part of giving your makeup and cosmetics their color. Our Mica Ghost pearls give subtle tints. They are frequently used to give skin an iridescent color, like this beautiful fairy on the left. Phantom Pearls used both on her skin and in her costume design. Our pearls are great in creating biological effects like fish scales and lizard skin. Great for Monster makeup. Taxidermists use our pearls in creating realistic fish scales and reptile skin.
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Pearls and Pigment – The First to sell Thermochromic Pigments to the public. It’s the paint that changes color with the temperature!
The first videos on Youtube of thermochromic came from Pearls and Pigment. Since then we have accumulated some copy cat businesses selling similar products. We sell the highest quality at the best prices. We have more user videos than anyone else, and we now have the best available prices on the web for Thermochromic Pigments. Since 2008, we have done numerous experiments with Heat changing pigments. We also have an actual powder coater that has had success spraying thermochromic pigments in powder coatings.
People often ask us “What is that car paint that changes color when wet?” We often have to explain that it’s not the water. It’s the temperature of the water. When you see people splashing water on cars, the are making the pigments disappear with hot water by changing the temperature of the Thermochromic Pigment.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INXOTlBaeAs” title=”Using Thermochromic Pigment under Phantom Pearls and Colorshift Pearls”][vc_column_text]
We were the first to perfect the use of thermochromic pigments in paint. We have consistently show-cased the hard work of our customers with killer youtube videos and pictures of all the cool color change effects. We have also pioneered a way to add life to your thermochromic pigments by top coating them with our Phantom Pearls and Ghost Colorshift Pearls. Our Phantom Pearls and Ghost Chameleons have a lot of the same properties of Sun-Screen, and will protect your Thermochromic Pigments from harmful UV rays.
Therrmochromic is Heat Sensitive Pigment, and yes it changes color when the surface temperature changes. It changes color with different temperatures, That is why in all these videos of Thermochromic Pigment changing, it is done with hot and cold water, because that is the fastest way to make the surface temperatuer change.
Yes, it is true! You have seen magicians rub cards to make them change suit, you have seen them blow fire on walls to make writing on walls change! There are countless uses for Thermochromic in Magic tricks, and most audiences will be baffled. We should know, we have sold to magicians for years, and have seen our very own pigments being aired on national television in a special broadcast featuring one of America’s top magicians. Of course we had to agree to never disclose the identity of the magicians we have done business with, but some are household names in the world of magic.
Magicians and makers of magic tricks alike are buying our products. Whether it is disappearing blood using red themochromic pigment or simple playing cards that can change to a different card just by heating it up in your hands, we can supply the tricks that the famous magicians use.
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We at Pearls and Pigment appreciate all of our customers who take the time to send us pictures and feedback on all of our products. Our Candy Color Pearls, Metallic Paint Flake, True Chameleon pigments, Thermochromics, Glow In The Darks and all other paint pigments are truly custom paints and can be used in almost any application. There are so many options with our products! Photos, Videos and testimonials are a great way to show off the capabilities of our additives. If you find the opportunity, send us some great pics and a small testimonial about what you did with our products and we will send you a gift card for the website. We love to show off the work that our wonderful customers are doing. Contact us and send us your work!
We sometimes get questions about Thermochromic in vehicle dip and does it work? Here is a video of a test dome by Royal Dip. Their Facebook can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Royal-Dip/167421640078755 .
All of our products can be used in vehicle dip, we were the first company to supply the dip community with pigments. If you have any reservations about whether our products work in vehicle dip, you should know that we were the pioneers who introduced Plasti Dip Pearls to the world.