What is the difference between pearl and metallic automotive paints?

Our paint colors come in three variations: solids, pearls, and metallics. Solids are just that, a solid color with no variation, sparkle, or iridescence. Pearls and metallics, however, do have various effects giving them sparkle, shine, and/or iridescence. But, what exactly is the difference between metallics and pearls?

Metallic paint is just like a regular automotive paint but with tiny flakes of Usually silver metal added to it. This gives the metallic effect of glint and shine. It also helps the finish reflect more light than a regular paint and even hides small dents and scratches better. It is also more durable than regular paint and resists discoloration. Keep in mind that metallics do not have as much variety of color as other types of paint. They also can be a bit difficult to match when it comes to repair work.

Pearl (or pearlescent) paint has very fine round particles of reflective ceramics add to it. These particles are what we call “pearls” and sometimes they are made of mica, xirallic, or other ceramic crystals. Pearls have an intense sparkle effect, adding vibrancy and dimension to the color. Pearls come in a large variety of colors and can change the color and hue to the paint they are added to. They can also be added to a clear binder to create an overlay. Just like metallic paint, pearls can be more durable and hide small imperfections better than regular automotive paint. Pearls do tend to be more expensive than most other paints. They are also difficult to match when doing repair work.

In summary, metallics have a visible flake whereas pearls are sparkly sometimes they can appear as small flakes and sometimes they look smooth and shiny. Both add an amazing wow factor to any project.