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Hi guys, I am getting one of my cars painted and I am going for a color change. I am really liking some of the factory candy looking paint jobs like Mazda's Soul Red Crystal (46V) and Ford's Deep Impact Blue (J4/M7289).

I also really like interference pearls as well. One of my other cars is painted Toyota's Golden Umber Pearl (4U2) which is a light brown with a nice gold pearl. Looks better than it sounds. :)

As the car is a 2006 Subaru WRX/STi, Deep Impact Blue is the front runner. The thing is before I decide, I was hoping for some more suggestions. I'm not yet fully committed to the decision because I would rather wait and see what some of the painters on here like.


So which other factory pearls and candies look really good? It can be any color as long as the effects look good. Thanks guys. Let 'er rip!
 

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Look in to Cadillac colors. They have a killer Black Ice Pearl or something like that.
Yeah I've seen some Caddys that look really good. Same with some of the Infiniti paint jobs. From what I can see from a google search, that Black Ice Pearl looks pretty nice. Thanks for the suggestion.



Renault liquid Yellow Hard to see the depth of the pearl in these shots but I really like it

Yeah I think that one needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. A picture on a computer screen doesn't really do a paint job any justice. Thank you for the suggestion.



Keep 'em coming guys!
 

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You will laugh but do you want to know the absolute best place to look for colors for a new project. Go with your wife to her next nail salon appointment and check out the wall of nail polish colors. Lol. Seriously though, they have every shade of every color and can add a pearl effect to any of them and give you something to go off of. Just a thought. Good luck and try to track down a black ice pearl caddie and check it out. Badass color.
 

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You will laugh but do you want to know the absolute best place to look for colors for a new project. Go with your wife to her next nail salon appointment and check out the wall of nail polish colors. Lol. Seriously though, they have every shade of every color and can add a pearl effect to any of them and give you something to go off of. Just a thought. Good luck and try to track down a black ice pearl caddie and check it out. Badass color.
Nail salon! That's a pretty good idea. That way I can see the colors in front of my eyes. I can ask the lady at the counter if I can buy the stuff by the gallon, That would phuck with her! :p



There are tons of Caddy dealers around me so I will troll them to see if I can find a Black Ice Pearl or Black Ice Metallic.
 

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Nail salon does have a ton of colors for the eye to compare, but that's not going to help you cross something over that you like, to a factory candy that you are hoping to use. The only way to decide is to see a color you like on an actual car. Look at dealership lots, see one you like in the sunlight, then come back after dark to see it under the streetlights as well. Find one you love, and get the paint code from the window sticker, door jamb, or the salesman.
 

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I have to respectfully disagree Frank. When doing my nova I couldn't decide on a color until one night I was drinking with some buddies at a BBQ and they had some Grenadine there. It's a cherry flavored syrup for use in alcohol. I saw that and instantly knew that was the color for my car. So the next day I took the bottle to the local paint house and had them custom mix a color using the Grenadine as the guide. And they nailed it in my opinion. Basically was referring the OP to look outside the box and that he isnt limited to production colors only.
 

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I have to respectfully disagree Frank. When doing my nova I couldn't decide on a color until one night I was drinking with some buddies at a BBQ and they had some Grenadine there. It's a cherry flavored syrup for use in alcohol. I saw that and instantly knew that was the color for my car. So the next day I took the bottle to the local paint house and had them custom mix a color using the Grenadine as the guide. And they nailed it in my opinion. Basically was referring the OP to look outside the box and that he isnt limited to production colors only.
I gotcha buddy, I understand your point of view, I was just stating the obvious that, if the OP was determined on using one of the much easier to apply OEM candy 3 stage colors offered today, nail salon colors won't help him much because if it isn't offered on a car, he isn't getting an OEM nail polish paint mixed up in quantity for his car,...lol.

Having something custom mixed is a whole different animal.
 

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Ah I see where you were coming from. Hell, we were BOTH right. Lol. Or that's the story I'm sticking with anyways. Thanks for clearing it up. You know a helluva lot more than I do about paint. My last post is the extent of my knowledge. Oh and that it's expensive. Haha
 

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So I have two things may be decision makers for you in your choice of colors. Deep Impact Blue is actually a basecoat / clear coat that looks VERY close to House of Kolor Oriental blue Candy, but in a base / clear. So anytime you can use a base / clear instead of a 3 stage your way ahead.
Second, I have a Gallon of Deep Impact Blue PPG Deltron I had mixed for my personal 85 Chevy Shortbed I was doing Deep Impact Blue and silver two tone with blue interior, and now the truck is going all black with red interior. That Deep Impact Blue is a $905 color, loaded with Starfire, Blue Dry Pearl, Even Titanium White, all expensive toners. I will make you a 1/2 price DEAL on it. It is 3 months old since I had it mixed.
 

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So I have two things may be decision makers for you in your choice of colors. Deep Impact Blue is actually a basecoat / clear coat that looks VERY close to House of Kolor Oriental blue Candy, but in a base / clear. So anytime you can use a base / clear instead of a 3 stage your way ahead.
Second, I have a Gallon of Deep Impact Blue PPG Deltron I had mixed for my personal 85 Chevy Shortbed I was doing Deep Impact Blue and silver two tone with blue interior, and now the truck is going all black with red interior. That Deep Impact Blue is a $905 color, loaded with Starfire, Blue Dry Pearl, Even Titanium White, all expensive toners. I will make you a 1/2 price DEAL on it. It is 3 months old since I had it mixed.

Interesting that D.I.B. is a base/clear. It is a striking color when viewed in sunlight. I thought that it was a 3-stage similar to Mazda's 46V.



The offer of the paint is tempting. I am just wondering if the painter can/will use it as he shoots Glasurit if I am not mistaken. I will have to talk to the painter first.


Thank you for the information and the offer!
 

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So I hit a Ford dealership while out for a cruise in my 4th gen. They had a 2015 Mustang there in Deep Impact Blue. It looked pretty nice. Nice enough for to pick it for my car. Then on the way home I pulled into a BMW dealership and walked around. There was some nice colors but nothing too inspiring until I saw San Marino Blue. Holy shit guys that is a beautiful color! It was on a brand new M4 and it looked amazing. It jerked my head when I was walking by. It was in behind a row of cars, and the only San Marino Blue car in the lot.

Anyways that's the color that's going on my STi. I hope that's a base/clear job too. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.


And thanks to NuKidOnDaBlock for the paint offer. I really appreciate it. I don't suppose you have any San Marino Blue laying around do ya? :)
 

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I don't have colors mixed laying around, i just happened to have that Deep impact and changed my plan. I have been helping some forum members, I can mix you a gallon of Deltron, hook you up with clear and save you quite a bit of money, but get the OK from your Glasurit guy first. It will be way less then Glasurit and every bit as good
 
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