Is all OEM Pearl White the same?

Mark L. Chang mchang at
Tue Dec 17 13:21:03 EST 2002

I was always under the impression that pearl white was a many-step
process that involves something like spraying on white, waiting,
spraying on some 'pearl' stuff, waiting, then repeating to get the
desired pearlescent effect. That's how it was described to me by someone
at a bodyshop. This makes sense when you see someone's pearl car that
has had a few panels repainted -- frankenpearl is what I thought I heard
it called on the 20v list once. This also explains why the bodyshop
paint man always hates trying to match pearl.

On Tue, Dec 17, 2002 at 03:59:45PM -0500 or thereabouts, Kneale Brownson wrote:
> At 11:24 AM 12/17/2002 -0600, Carlo wrote:
> >I need to know if there is a difference between a 1990 CQ and 1993 90 CS in
> >pearl white?
> >
> >Thanks Carlo
> I don't know about the model 90's, but in the larger cars, the "Pearl
> White" in later models appears more yellow to me.  I've read several
> reports that the stuff used to make "Pearl White" up through 1991 includes
> something that since then has been banned as too environmentally nasty.

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