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Old 08-04-10, 09:49 AM
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Painting a vintage bike: Metallic white

Hi guys,

Just wondering if anyone has sucessfully painted their bike metallic white? I cannot seem to find this color. Has anyone used 2 rattlecans (for example, white (or another color) and then a metallic silver paint) to achieve this type of result?

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Old 08-04-10, 09:53 AM
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metallic white or preal white for that matter is done with a white base and the glitz is applied as part of the over clear coat.
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Do you have a example of the finish you're looking for? - a photo of a bike or something else?

I'm having a difficult time figuring out what you mean by "metallic" white. Do you just mean a high-gloss (as in 'shines like chrome') white?
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I'll bet you could find a pearl white painting system (probably 4 cans total) at an auto parts store like Advance, NAPA, etc.
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Originally Posted by Maddox View Post
Do you have a example of the finish you're looking for? - a photo of a bike or something else?

I'm having a difficult time figuring out what you mean by "metallic" white. Do you just mean a high-gloss (as in 'shines like chrome') white?
he means metallic. like with the little metal 'specs' that make it shimmer. something like you see on a chevy hotrod but usuallt blue or red. I think whites are more often refered to as "pearls" as repechage points out.

on an oversized aluminum frame that pinkish pearlwhite like Caddilac uses would look real nice
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There is no such thing as "white metallic". What you're thinking of is a Pearlescent . This is an example of a GM color called "diamond white pearlcoat:. In direct sunlight it looks a bit like fresh fallen snow -- although it also shows bluish, green, silver hues depending on the angle of the light. Be warned, Pearlescents are difficult to apply.


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and a pain to match to touch up.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metallic_paint

https://www.tcpglobal.com/autoaircolo...value=AAC+4330

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Yes, Fissile, you have identified the color!

I am going to have fun trying to get this done. Maybe I'll try it with the paints I mentioned above.

Hope the wife and kids don't yell at me too much while I'm out there.

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There is no such thing as "white metallic". What you're thinking of is a Pearlescent . This is an example of a GM color called "diamond white pearlcoat:. In direct sunlight it looks a bit like fresh fallen snow -- although it also shows bluish, green, silver hues depending on the angle of the light. Be warned, Pearlescents are difficult to apply.

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Thanks Grand Bois!

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Originally Posted by lotek View Post
and a pain to match to touch up.
+1 Pearl white must be one of the hardest paint to match for touch-ups and partial re-paint, as the orientation of the metal flakes in the paint seems to be a bigger factor in matching compared to other metallic colors.
The color is very nice and classy looking though, with the right graphics (decals), as Peugeot had done so well in the early to mid 80's on their bikes.

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I recently painted my frame pearl white (among other colors). I went to an auto parts store (San Leandro Color if you happen to be in the Bay Area), and bought a 4-step process: Primer, White, Pearl top-coat, Clearcoat. It was quite expensive to be honest--$11 each for the primer & clear, and $17 each for the white and pearl (in aerosol cans), and I needed two of each. They had about 20 different shades of pearl. (I settled on a shade which I was told matches the pearl on a Cadillac Escalade, though that's not why I chose the color.) I've since tried to touch up a couple places and it is indeed difficult to match the original. You have to add just the right amount of pearl, as the pearl color deepens with each coat, unlike traditional colors which remain basically the same color as you keep adding coats.

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I'm not a big fan of the Cadillac pearl, since it tends to have a pink hue to it. I prefer pearls with a bit of blue -- more of a glacial color. The picture I posted is an example. Mazda and Lexus also have nice pearl whites. BTW, I love that seat post.
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I recently painted my frame pearl white (among other colors). I went to an auto parts store (San Leandro Color if you happen to be in the Bay Area), and bought a 4-step process: Primer, White, Pearl top-coat, Clearcoat. It was quite expensive to be honest--$11 each for the primer & clear, and $17 each for the white and pearl (in aerosol cans), and I needed two of each. They had about 20 different shades of pearl. (I settled on a shade which I was told matches the pearl on a Cadillac Escalade, though that's not why I chose the color.) I've since tried to touch up a couple places and it is indeed difficult to match the original. You have to add just the right amount of pearl, as the pearl color deepens with each coat, unlike traditional colors which remain basically the same color as you keep adding coats.

Here's a pic:
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