FAQ

What can I mix Didspade’s pearls with?

Our pearls are compatible with many types of mixing clears.

We test our pearls in Automotive Paints, and liquid wrap coatings.

Best practices: Mix pearls in intercoat clear or binder.

 

What is the application process for pearls?

    1.  Choose a base color that compliments or enhances the pearl’s final appearance. We suggest using light or bright colored pearls over a white or color-matching base. For example: use a white pearl over a white base, or brighter colors (yellows, golds, oranges) over a color-matching base. All base recommendations are listed in the product description of each pearl.

    For darker colored pearls, ColorShifts & SuperShifts we suggest using a black base.

      2.  Apply base. Mix the recommended ratio of pearls into your mixing clear. Add in small increments, to reduce clumping. Let settle and mix a few times before spraying to properly disperse powder. In some cases, additional reducers/thinners may be needed to maintain sprayability.

         

        Follow the mixing ratio chart below.

        Solid Pearls 50g per sprayable gallon
        Interference Pearls 50g per sprayable gallon
        ColorShift Pearls 75g per sprayable gallon
        White Particle ColorShifts 50g per sprayable gallon
        SuperShift Pearls® 25g per sprayable gallon
        SuperShift Flakes® 10g per sprayable gallon

         

          3.  Apply pearl coats over the base until you reach the desired amount of coverage. Most of our pearls reach full coverage in approximately 2-4 coats. Please note, if spraying a light colored pearl over a darker base color, additional coats will be required to achieve full coverage.
            For added protection, we recommend finishing with a UV protected clear coat.

               

              What can I mix Didspade’s metal flakes with?

              Flakes can be mixed into automotive clears (Intercoat clear recommended), and liquid wrap clears.

               

              What flake size should I use, and what type of spray gun do I need?

              1. Choose a flake size that best suits your needs. Smaller flake sizes (0.004 and 0.008) are commonly referred to as Micro Flakes. Micro flakes will produce a subtler sparkle effect, and larger flakes reflect more light which amplifies their sparkling effects. Smaller flake sizes will decrease knockdown and require less clear coats to smooth out.

              2. Gravity guns and siphon guns (with filters removed) work well. Dry flake guns are another option but the application process is completely different.

              3. Please be sure to use an appropriate spray gun tip size, to allow for proper passage of the flake. See chart below for reference.

              Flake Size

              Gun Tip Size

              0.025

              2.5mm or greater

              0.015

              1.7mm or greater

              0.008

              1.5mm or greater

              0.004

              1.3mm or greater

              Shredz™

              1.8mm or greater

              * For best results with Liquid Wrap Applications, we suggest using 0.004 & 0.008 (also compatible with DYC Sprayer System).

               

              How do I use flakes with automotive paint or liquid wrap coatings?

              1. Flakes can be applied over any base color. However, we suggest choosing a base color that’s complimentary to your flake. For example, choosing a base that is 4-5 shades darker than your flake can create the illusion of full coverage in 2 coats.

              2. Mix flake into clear with stirring stick. We suggest adding small increments at a time until you have reached the desired effect. While mixing, occasionally remove the stirring stick to help you gauge flake coverage. Please see below for suggested ratios.

               

              Application

              Ratios

              Automotive Clears

              1-3 tablespoons per quart of ready to spray material

              Liquid Wrap Clears

              25g per gallon

              *If using a DYC Sprayer System we suggest NOT exceeding 25g per gallon

               

              1. After mixing, pour mixture into the cup of your gun, but DO NOT use a strainer. Also, please remember your gun’s filter must be removed before pouring.

              2. Spray 1-2 coats. When spraying, try not to apply more than two coats. More coats equal more surface roughness, which can lengthen the smoothing process. Gun should not be too far from the surface, 4-5 inches is ideal. Allow for 15-30 minutes flash time between coats.

              3. THIS STEP IS FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS ONLY: After you are satisfied with flake application, allow proper flash times. You may now begin laying down or knocking off any standing flake, using a scuff pad. Apply topcoat clear to bury the flake. Various levels of sanding, and additional clear coats may be needed. Please note: sanding colored flakes will reveal flakes true color (silver).

              Remember more coats equal more drying time. After allowing for proper drying time, complete your final wet sanding and polishing.

              1. THIS STEP IS FOR LIQUID WRAP APPLICATIONS ONLY: Once you are satisfied with flake application, finish with 3 or more coats of clear. High gloss clears are recommended.

               

              What are Candy Concentrates?

              Candy concentrates are powders that get dissolved into solvents to create intensely vibrant color tinted solutions that can be added to various types of clears while maintaining transparency.

              Ratios: 5g will tint 1+ quarts, and 20g will tint 1+ gallons.

              Please note: ratios can be adjusted to darken or lighten the tint.

               

              How do I use candy concentrates with automotive paint?

              1. Mix powders into solvent based reducer, stir and allow time for powder to dissolve.

              2. Once dissolved, filter the concentrated solution into clear base/binder.

              3. For the best results, use over a silver base or a Chrome metal flake base.

              4. We recommend spraying a test to gauge tint/number of coats.

              5. Spray 3-4 coats. Please remember, additional coats will slightly darken tint.

              6. After you have achieved the desired tint, finish with a UV protected clear coat.

               

              How do I use candy concentrates with liquid wrap coatings?

              1. Mix 5g into approximately 2oz of Xylene. OR 20g into approximately 8oz of Xylene. Most liquid wrap gallons are pre-thinned, so following the suggested ratios will help you avoid over-thinning.

              2. Stir concentrates in Xylene, and allow time for powder to dissolve.

              3. Once dissolved, filter the concentrated solution into clear.

              4. For the best results, use over a silver base. We recommend Titanium Frost Pearl

              IMPORTANT: We suggest laying down extra base coats and allow for proper drying time with each coat of Candy Concentrate. This will prevent concentrates from penetrating through the base layers, which can stain factory clears. Additionally, we DO NOT recommend spraying Candy Concentrates directly over factory clear coats.

              1. We recommend spraying a test to gauge tint/number of coats.
              2. Spray 3-4 coats. Please remember, additional coats will slightly darken tint.
              3. After you have achieved the desired tint, finish with a clear topcoat.

               

              What types of safety equipment do I need?

              We always recommend using proper safety equipment, such as: protective eyewear, protective clothing and most importantly a NIOSH approved respirator during your application and while handling products.

               

              What else can I use your products for?

              Aside from the automotive industry, our products can be used for carpentry, masonry, hobbies, crafts and many other artistic applications.

               

              What types of shipping options are available?

              We offer services from USPS and FedEx. Choose a service that best fits your needs.

              Domestic Shipping

              Estimated delivery (business days)

              Economy Ground - USPS or FedEx Ground

              USPS 3-5 days, FedEx 4-5 days

              USPS Priority

              2-4 days

              FedEx Express Saver

              3 days

              FedEx 2Day

              2 days guaranteed

              FedEx Standard Overnight

              1 day guaranteed - delivery by end of day/evening

              FedEx Priority Overnight

              1 day guaranteed - delivery by noon

               

              International Shipping

              Estimated delivery (business days)

              USPS Priority International

              7-14 days

              USPS Priority Express International

              5-7 days

              FedEx Economy

              4-6 days

              FedEx Priority

              2-3 days

               Please remember delivery times can vary depending upon the destination and time of year.

              Delays are common during the holiday season.

               

              What about overnight Saturday delivery for FedEx?

              Please call 480-588-6355 for a quote that includes Saturday delivery.

               

              I have more questions, how can I contact you?

              We are happy to answer any of your questions. Please call 480-588-6355 or email us at sales@didspade.com.


              What is your address and business hours?

              2775 North Arizona Ave Suite 7

              Chandler, Arizona 85225

               

              Monday - Friday

              9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (M.S.T.)