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Old 07-29-09, 01:19 AM   #1
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Default Difference Between "Pearls" & "Mica" Paints?

Hey guys, my 1st gen SC300 is sitting in the shop waiting to be re-painted and I am wondering what the differences are between "mica" and "pearl" paints?

My current color is Pearl Garnett and I am going to paint it in Matador Red Mica so I am just curious if one is suppose to glow more or if one is more difficult to paint. Thanks guys
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If there's a difference between them, my Glacier Frost Mica is difficult to paint.
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mine as well
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If there's a difference between them, my Glacier Frost Mica is difficult to paint.
exactly! my car is at the shop now getting painted. ugh the hurt on the pockets its putting
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Pearl vs. mica, isn't it just a name?

I had my hood repainted by dealer at their expense, it came out great. I guess SGM is a fairly easy color to match.
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i think i like pearl bettter.. even if theres no difference.. the starphire pearl is HOTTTT lol
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i think i like pearl bettter.. even if theres no difference.. the starphire pearl is HOTTTT lol
I like your Mica better
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I like metallic paints.
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Ok, so before finalizing my color choice, I consulted with one of the industry veterans on whether color is a pearl or a just a regular metallic. Just by looking at the color chips, he guessed that its just a metallic. The same thing with my body shop until the ordered the paint.

It turned out that it is a true pearlescent paint unlike some of the other "pearl" colors out there which is just pearl in name, most notably Dodge/Chrysler's "pearl" colors.

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It's just a name. The word "mica" is a latin-based word meaning "glitter." Another useless piece of information that I hope to someday use on Jeopardy.

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The paint looks really fresh!
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The paint looks really fresh!
Its a little too fresh. It needs to be wet-sanded
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So some posters have said the lighter colored micas were hard to match when they had bodywork done.
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Pearl is more expensive color, not to mention more difficult to match.
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^I guess you mean when compared with non-metallic paints? "Pearl" is not a color, here it refers to the way the flakes in the paint reflect in the finish. To illustrate the non-difference between "pearl" and "mica" paints, in Japan, Lexus Paint 074 (what's referred to in the USDM as Glacier Frost Mica) is called "Bluish Pearl Crystal Shine." It's just a name.

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