Technical Data Sheet on Metallic Paint
Technical Data Sheet on Metallic Paint

Blue Pearl Metallic Paint - Technical Data Sheet



Blue Pearl Metallic paints are manufactured by Perfetto, Inc. They are water-based, non-toxic, non-fading, non-hazardous metallic/pearlescent paints with exterior capability. A topcoat is not needed for use in exterior capacity. Expected life of the coating is 6 or more years. They contain no lead, mercury or other toxic materials and are low VOC.


Recommended application procedures:

Blue Pearl Metallic Paint may be applied with roller, brush, or HVLP spray gun. An airless spray gun may also be used, but better results seem to be obtained with HVLP. A regular spray tip that is used for interior latex paint works for spraying metallic paint.

Surface should be free of dirt, dust, grease, loose paint and other contaminates to the extent possible. Perfetto Bondago is a good primer to use under the metallic paint. For raw metal surfaces, a good solvent or water-based primer such as XIM’s water-based primer is recommended such as their Corrosion Control Primer. The metallic paint can typically be applied over the primer after several hours in good drying conditions. If the primer is dry to the touch, the metallic paint may be applied. Often times tinting the primer to a color similar to the metallic paint, helps with perceived coverage and eliminates the need for an additional coat. Two coats are typically enough for full coverage. Do not apply in conditions below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Perfetto Wetting Agent may be applied in a concentration of 5%-20% to slow drying time and great more working time. When spraying any coating material, it is always recommend that a NIOSH approved filter style respirator be used. Even when rolling or brushing, adequate ventilation of the work area is recommended.


Application Discussion

Without question, the best way to apply any paint is for it to be sprayed by an experienced applicator and this is true of metallic paint. Start by rolling the paint on the wall and then come back while it is still wet and lightly one-directional roll up with nothing more than the weight of the roller resting on the wall. In other words, do not push down on the roller, just let it lightly rest on the wall as you one-directional roll up. This technique if properly done will eliminate potential "lap lines" which are characteristic of all metallic paints.

Lap lines are nothing more than the edge of the roller cover leaving track marks. This is caused by a sharp (not rounded or tapered) edge of the roller cover (the roller cover edge ends abruptly rather than tapering), and pushing down too hard on the roller as the applicator is rolling. It may be helpful to add approximately 10% to 15% Blue Pearl Extender or Perfetto Wetting Agent to the Metallic Paint to slow the drying time and provide more working time to implement the one-directional rolling technique, if the applicator has not had previous experience although we typically find this is not necessary. Metallic Paints typically do not "lap" any more than ordinary latex house paint, however, because they are so reflective and glossy, the lap lines are sometimes more visible. The "Polar Bear" roller by Wooster (widely available) is a good roller for eliminating "lap lines", but it does leave a little more pattern in the paint, which some people find more attractive, because, it adds a more modeled look of interest. The Polar Bear roller cover does not have sharp edges, that can produce potential problematic lap lines and therefore works well for Metallic paints.

Putting a metallic glaze over the metallic paint will cause the lap lines to not be visible if they exist. For a more metallic look, use a metallic glaze, and to soften the metallic look of the metallic paint, use Blue Pearl Wall Medium tinted with Blue Pearl Faux Colorants. Blue Pearl Metallic Paints do not require a special base coat, and, can go over most primers or latex paints.

Blue Pearl Metallic Paints have been used successfully on the roofs of two major hotels in Austin, Texas as well as Colorado Springs with great success and in neither case was the paint top coated as well as numerous other exterior applications.

Typically metallic paints are not used on interior walls by themselves. When applied to walls, they are used as a base coat for a glazing technique which tones down the metallic appearance and hides lap marks. This would be accomplished with Blue Pearl Wall Medium or Perfetto Glaze and Blue Pearl Colorants. For a super metallic look, apply a metallic glaze over a metallic paint. This may be accomplished by using the same paint and just adding a glaze or by using one of our pre-tinted metallic Glazes to add more dimension. This is not to say that you can't use metallic paint on a wall alone, but for the best most uniform finish the recommendation is to spray.

We recommend an HVLP or even an airless pump for spraying. Airless pumps will typically spray Blue Pearl Metallic Paint without thinning, however, for an HVLP, you might want to thin 5% to 15% with water. When spraying paint, you are using air to atomize small particles. As a result, we recommend and NOSHA approved respirator when spraying any type of coating material, even the very friendly Blue Pearl Metallic Paint.

Always prepare a sample prior to use on an actual wall or building or other surface to assure desired results.

Clean Up: Blue Pearl Metallic Paint my be cleaned up with soap and water.

Warning: Keep out of reach of children. To avoid excessive inhalation, use is well ventilated area. If irritation occurs, move to well ventilated area. Do not ingest. Rinse eyes with water in event of contact.