Preparation & Application of the Pearl Clear Coat
In a separate container combine one quart of Behr Matte Polyurethane #780 and one 2oz. bottle of Folkart Pearlizing Medium. The Folkart Pearlizing Medium can be found in the craft paint section of Wal-Mart or Michaels Arts & Crafts. I have found a 1 or 2 oz. syringe with a catheter tip is very helpful. You can get one of these from a veterinary office. The pearlizing medium is very thick. Squeeze as much out of the bottle as you can. Fill the bottle half way with poly using the syringe. Put the lid back on and shake. Pour out the poly and repeat until you see that all the pearl has been rinsed out of the bottle. Be sure to mix the poly well before dumping it into the container for mixing. The flattening ingredients in the poly settles to the bottom of the can. You want to be sure you mix the flattening agents into the poly before mixing it with the pearl. Mix the poly + pearl very thoroughly using a drill attachment. Be sure to stir the pearl clear coat every time you go to use it.
To apply the white or gray base coat refer to the Basic Roller Painting Instructions.
The following clip is included in the instructions.
The application of the Pearl Clear Coat is similar with a simple addition of down rolling. This final uni-direction rolling causes all the pearl flakes to be aligned the same way. This is demonstrated in these video clips: NOTE: In the video I made one minor error when down rolling. Notice the end of the roller the handle is attached to. The pressure on the handle end is actually slightly higher than the free end of the roller. I should have been rolling with the roller flipped over so the free end was the last part of the roller to down roll the screen. I was also not getting enough polyurethane on the screen and ended up redoing the base coat and top coat to fix the streaks. So remember load as much Pearl Clear coat on the roller as it will hold. Always trail with the free end of the roller when down rolling.
Well that's all I have to offer to the low lumen crowd. I hope it is of some use to those who can get these paint products. For those in other countries the basic concept is applicable to use with products you can find locally. Any pure white base paint can be tinted to near neutral with a ratio of 2:1 or 3:1 of Black tint to Yellow tint. For very highly pigmented bases I recommend the 2:1 ratio. For primers and lower pigmented bases I would go with the 3:1 ratio. Some companies have different names for these tint pigments. The black should be fairly easy to identify. The Yellow Oxide is a dirty yellow color like regular mustard.
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