Metallics // Flakes, Pearls and Chrome
The word “metallic” is a general term used to describe paint that appears metallic or shiny in the sunlight. However, there are 3 specifics examples used to achieve this type of effect: metallic pearl paint, pearlized paint, and chrome. While they all shimmer or sparkle in the sunlight, they are all 3 very different variants. True metallic paint is pigment that is accompanied or carried with a fine metallic powder. Pearlized paint is essentially the same thing but instead of real metal, ceramic powder is typically used instead to mimic the same metallic effect. Standard Flake is a larger example of this effect, producing a much brighter and more brilliant sparkle effect.
Chrome is exactly what you think it is, real chrome. This specialized process creates what is considered to be the most premier look of today’s custom painted helmets. Chrome can also be colorized by spraying candy paints over the top of them, creating spectacular results.
Example Shown: Candy Red & Metallic Flake with un-spun 24k Gold Leaf