Pearl white car paint colors are created by combining pigments and dyes with pearlescent pigments to achieve a wide variety of colors. There are many types of pigments, dyes and pearlescent pigments available to provide an endless array of color combinations. Pearl white car paint colors are different from metallic paint in part because their sparkle isn’t just silver. Additionally, the “medium” color or the color in which the pearl is suspending in the coating film and how the pearl pigment and the medium color interacts plays an important part in the final color and visual effect.

 

 

 

 

 

Two-Stage Pearl White Car Paint Colors

Two-stage car paint colors systems are generally referred to as a basecoat clearcoat system where you will have a colored pearl basecoat and the clearcoat. Two-stage paints are generally easier to apply than three-stage paints as they only have a basecoat and a topcoat/clearcoat to worry about. Additionally, they generally cost less than their three-stage counterparts as well.

Sunrise Orange Pearl Car Paint

Sunrise Orange

Sunset Orange Car Paint Color

Sunset Orange

Orangelo Orange Pearl Car Paint

Orangelo Orange

Inferno Orange Pearl Car Paint

Inferno Orange

Toxic Tomato Pearl Car Paint

Toxic Tomato

Rockin Red Pearl Car Paint

Rockin Red

Cherry Bomb Pearl Car Paint

Cherry Bomb

Sparkling Merlot Pearl Car Paint

Sparkling Merlot

Black Cherry Pearl Car Paint

Black Cherry

Black Gold Pearl Car Paint

Black Gold

Liquid Brass Pearl Car Paint

Liquid Brass

Geaux Gold Pearl Car Paint

Geaux Gold

Titanium Silver Pearl Car Paint

Titanium Silver

Static Grey Pearl Car Paint

Static Grey

Tahitian Black Pearl Car Paint

Tahitian Black

Phantom Black Pearl Car Paint

Phantom Black

Izit Brown Pearl Car Paint

Izit Brown

Root Beer Pearl Car Paint

Root Beer

Copper Pearl Car Paint

Copper

Molten Orange Pearl Car Paint

Molten Orange

Yella Bellied Pearl Car Paint

Yella Bellied

Holy Guacamole Green Pearl Car Paint

Holy Guacamole

LimeTime Green Pearl Car Paint

LimeTime Green

Olive Fab Green Pearl Car Paint

Olive Fab Green

Forest Green Pearl Car Paint

Forest Green

Midnight Envy Green Pearl Car Paint

Midnight Envy

Teal Mystique Pearl Car Paint

Teal Mystique

Tru Blue Pearl Car Paint

Tru Blue

Pacific Blue Pearl Car Paint

Pacific Blue

Midnight Blue Pearl Car Paint

Midnight Blue

Intruder Purple Pearl Car Paint

Intruder Purple

 

Three-Stage Pearl White Car Paint Colors

Three-stage car paint colors systems are generally referred to as a basecoat, midcoat, clearcoat system where you will have a colored basecoat, and translucent midcoat with pearl and then the clearcoat. Three-stage paints are considered more difficult to apply than their two-stage counterparts and generall cost more too. However, they have a unique look that is hard to match by any other car paint system. Their three-step process of a basecoat, midcoat and a topcoat allow for unique color variations and color flips that give you that truly breath-taking, show-stopping car paint job that everyone will want.

Starfire White 3 Stage White Pearl Car Paint

Starfire White

Galaxy Blue 3 Stage White Pearl Car Paint

Galaxy Blue

Blizzard Beach 3 Stage White Pearl Car Paint

Blizzard Beach

Amethyst Frost 3 Stage White Pearl Car Paint

Amethyst Frost

Wintergreen 3 Stage White Pearl Car Paint

Wintergreen

Snow Blush 3 Stage White Pearl Car Paint

Snow Blush

Turquoise Slope 3 Stage White Pearl Car Paint

Turquoise Frost

Gold Dust 3 Stage White Pearl Car Paint

Gold Dust

Shaved Ice 3 Stage White Pearl Car Paint

Shaved Ice

Arctic Dust 3 Stage White Pearl Car Paint

Arctic Dust

Lilac Dreams 3 Stage Purple Pearl Car Paint

Lilac Dreams

Celebrity Pink 3 Stage Pink Pearl Car Paint

Celebrity Pink

Miami Pink 3 Stage Pink Pearl Car Paint

Miami Pink

Fab Fuschia 3 Stage Pink Pearl Car Paint

Fab Fuschia

Ruby Surprise 3 Stage Red Pearl Car Paint

Ruby Surprise

Sandstorm 3 Stage Tan Beige Pearl Car Paint

Sandstorm

Dovestone 3 Stage Gray Pearl Car Paint

Dovestone

Spicy Salsa 3 Stage Red Pearl Car Paint

Spicy Salsa

Laser Red 3 Stage Red Pearl Car Paint

Laser Red

Matador Red 3 Stage Red Pearl Car Paint

Matador Red

Banana Sparks 3 Stage Yellow Pearl Car Paint

Banana Sparks

Giallo Midas 3 Stage Yellow Pearl Car Paint

Giallo Midas

Panacea Shift 3 Stage Orange Pearl Car Paint

Panacea Shift

Ecstacy Orange 3 Stage Orange Pearl Car Paint

Ecstacy Orange

Lambo Orange 3 Stage Orange Pearl Car Paint

Lambo Orange

Lambo Lime 3 Stage Green Pearl Car Paint

Lambo Lime

Paradise Green 3 Stage Green Pearl Car Paint

Paradise Green

Emerald Bay 3 Stage Green Blue Pearl Car Paint

Emerald Bay

Cosmic Turquoise 3 Stage Blue Pearl Car Paint

Cosmic Turquoise

Antarctic Blue 3 Stage Blue Pearl Car Paint

Antarctic Blue

Mirage Brown 3 Stage Brown Pearl Car Paint

Mirage Brown

Deep Water Blue 3 Stage Blue Pearl Car Paint

Deep Water

Mysterious Purple 3 Stage Purple Pearl Car Paint

Mysterious Purple

Bonsai Beach 3 Stage Blue Pearl Car Paint

Bonsai Beach

Key West Harbor 3 Stage Blue Green Pearl Car Paint

Key West Harbor

Understanding the Different Types of Pearl White Car Paint Pigments

Pearl pigments are created by a layering of specific metal oxides and complexes to very specific thicknesses on varying substrates.  By varying the thickness of the layers and the size and type of substrate used a wide range of products can be created with varying color, chroma, and sparkle effect.

Automotive grade pearl pigments typically contain a weather treatment layer to improve durability for exterior applications. Below we will discuss some of the most common types of pearl white car paint colors used in the automotive paint industry.

 

Mica Pearl White Car Paint Colors

Mica Pearl White Car Paints are the most common type of pearl and have been used in the automotive coatings industry for well over 50 years.  This class of pearl is built from a mica substrate mined from the earth and purified, refined, and classified to create a variety in sparkle effect and “chroma”.  Controlled layering of metal compounds creates a wide range of colors.  There are literally hundreds of varieties and colors of mica pearl white car paint colors.

pros:  wide range of colors and sizes, relatively low cost, ease of availability
cons:  typically not as chromatic (“clean”) and sparkling as xirallic and glass based pearls

 

Xirallic Pearl White Car Paint Colors

Xirallic pearl white car paint colors are a relatively new type of pearl to the automotive coatings market but have made quite an impact because of their clean, chromatic colors with high sparkle brilliance.  These pearls are built on a proprietary synthetic aluminum oxide base substrate and then layered and treated in in much the same way as mica based pearls.  Xirallic pearls are widely used in automotive finishes despite being substantially more expensive than mica pearls on average.

pros: beautiful sparkling pearl shimmer, cleaner, less dingy than others in light colors like white tricoats
cons: more expensive than traditional mica pearl white car paint colors, limited colored shimmers, some prefer smaller sparkle.

 

Glass Pearl White Car Paint Colors

Glass pearl white car paint colors or “ice” pearl white car paint colors (see note below) as they are commonly called in the custom paint industry are built from glass or borosilicate platelets which provides a high degree of transparency and sparkle effect.  This class of pearls sees very little use in automotive OEM (orginal factory finish) coatings as they provide more of a unique look and they are commonly larger in size which presents some challenges on assembly line operations.  These provide the highest sparkle in the pearl category and also offer some nice clear tri-coat looks, even in lighter colors.

pros: large sparkle = high brilliance; unique look
cons:  much more expensive than mica based pearl white car paint colors, often takes extra clear to bury profile

Note: Ice Pearl is a registered and protected trademark of The Valspar Corporation.  We are not affiliated with nor endorsed by The Valspar Corporation.

 

Medium Color

Two stage Pearl pigments are commonly combined with inorganic and organic color pigments in coating films to produce a wide degree of colors and effects.  THot Pink Pearl Ninjahe color a pearl pigment is suspended in can be called the “medium” color.  Generally, The medium color is determined by the color of the inorganic or organic pigments while the pearl pigment determines the sparkle or shimmer color.  For instance, if gold pearl were added to a jet black paint the medium color would be jet black while the sparkle color would be gold.  Depending on the level of pearl pigment added the effect could range from looking like a jet black with a very subtle gold sparkle (low concentration of pearl pigment) to a dark copper-ish gold color (high concentration of pearl).  In some cases the sparkle color is strongly altered bt the medium color and in some cases they interact little.  The transparency of the pigments used in the medium color and the pearl pigment plays a large role in the effect as well.  In fact, some pigments have such little transparency (opaque = low transparency) such as white that pearl pigments are typically completed obscured and no pearl effect is observed when blended together.  In order to make pearl colors from this type of pigment a “three stage” process is used where the pearl pigment mixed in a clear medium is applied over the opaque layer of color so the pearl effect can be seen. By combining pearl pigment with a transparent medium the pearl effect becomes more noticeable.  However, the downside of this is a poor hiding or covering product which means a hiding or opaque layer must be used beneath.  Often color stylist try to balance pearl effect with opacity/coverage to make colors that are more suitable for factory and aftermarket application conditions.

 

Summary

By combining pearl pigments in or over pigmented coatings, a wide range of colors with varying sparkle or colored shimmer effect can be created.  As a resulSunset Orange Pearl Truckt of the colored component of the pearl pigment, these colors are said to have more color depth and chroma than metallic colors.  However, the opacity or “coverage” of pearl colors is generally less than that of its metallic counter parts so vehicles must be painted all one color prior to panting with the pearl layer.  For two stage pearl colors this typically means just priming or sealing the entire vehicle to achieve a uniform color whereas three stage pearl colors are made uniform by the base color.

Hopefully, if you had any questions about pearl white car paints, our article has helped explain what makes pearls work, why they look so rich and vibrant and help reduce any confusion you might have had concerning them and other colors such as their metallic paint counterparts.