DIY: Electron Blue Pearl Paint Job

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DIY: Electron Blue Pearl Paint Job
Pearl paint jobs are usually best sprayed by professional painters. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Electron Blue Pearl is an original-equipment paint colour used on several Honda and Acura vehicles. As such, it is available from a variety of paint manufacturers for painting your project vehicle or performing touch-up paint jobs on your existing vehicle painted in Electron Blue Pearl. Painting in pearl automotive paint is slightly different than painting with traditional automotive base/clear, as the pearl must be added in the correct proportion to the blue base colour. This is best done by a professional automotive paint supplier to help prevent mismatched panels on the vehicle.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • HVLP spray gun
  • Paint reducer
  • Air compressor with air lines
  • Automotive clear coat
  • Clear coat hardener
  • Clear coat reducer

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  1. 1

    Contact a professional automotive paint store or bodyworks garage to mix the Electron Blue Pearl paint with the pearl flake mixture. This cannot be done at home as it requires extremely sensitive measuring equipment. You will be able to mix the paint reducer at home. Purchase clear topcoat at the same time.

  2. 2

    Mix the Electron Blue Pearl paint with its reducer. The mixture for reducers is a 1-to-1 ratio, meaning that you'll use as much reducer as you use Blue Pearl paint.

  3. 3

    Pour the paint mixture into your HVLP paint gun. Tighten the lid to prevent spillage while you are painting. Attach the air line from the air compressor to the fitting at the base of the spray gun.

  4. 4

    Apply three coats of the Electron Blue Pearl paint to the surface being painted. The first coat should be a light tack coat. For example, think of this coat as applying hairspray --- you don't need much to do the job. Apply the second coat slightly thicker, as if you were spraying a cooking pan with spray-on oil. Spray the final coat slightly thicker than this, but take care not to apply so much that the paint runs. Allow at least five minutes for the paint to dry between each coat.

  5. 5

    Clean out your HVLP spray gun. Mix the automotive clear topcoat. The mixing ratio is four parts clear to one part hardener and one part reducer. Pour the mixture into the HVLP spray gun's reservoir. Tighten the reservoir cap to prevent spillage.

  6. 6

    Apply the clear topcoat to the surface in three layers after waiting approximately 15 minutes for the Electron Blue Pearl base-coat paint to dry. This will help prevent the formation of "fish eyes" in the clear topcoat. Allow the clear topcoat to cure completely for 12 to 24 hours before touching the surface.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray pearl paint as you would metallic paint --- applying a dusting coat after the primary coats.
  • Always wear respiratory protection when spraying automotive paint.

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