The biggest game-changer since dip products worked their way into the industry, but what exactly are pearls? Pearls are little tiny “flakes” or “pigments” that usually look like a fine powder which allow you to “tint” or “color” a clear gallon of your choice of removable rubber coating.
There are various categories of pearls such as candy pearls, ghost pearls, or even chameleon pearls. Different categories behave differently. Candy pearls are a way to get vibrant solid colors while chameleon pears offer an iridescent effect – also known as color changing pearls. They will appear different depending on lighting and the angle you are looking at them. Ghost pearls are often a white powder. Ghost pearls are mainly meant to be sprayed over a white car to achieve their primary goal. Where the light hits, they will add a subtle splash of color which explains this “ghosting” effect.
How much pearl do I need?
An important question asked is, “How much pearl do I need?” The answer to this often varies but through various testing and statements by vendors, the most popular consensus is that most candy pearls can achieve their full effect without changing the way the product lays at 50 grams per gallon. Most ghost pearls are recommended at 25 grams per gallon and most chameleon pearls at 75 grams per gallon. There has been some debate on chameleon pearls as some users prefer 50 grams per gallon – just keep in mind you will have to use more product to achieve the same result as 75 grams per gallon.
This may be a lot of information to absorb, especially getting hit with all these different names at once: raail, xytek, protek. So what exactly is all this stuff?
Let’s start off with Raail. What exactly is raail? Raail is the company that sells two different types of liquid wrap coatings – xytek and protek. Although these two coatings may be very similar, they are also very different. Raail’s protek is an entry level coating which is made to be very user friendly to the DIY consumer. It can be sprayed through a regular entry – level turbine spray system such as the Dip Your Car Dip Sprayer System or even the graco 2901.
So moving on, what is xytek?
Xytek on the other hand is for more experienced users. Xytek will lay smoother than protek but requires much more expensive equipment to spray properly. Xtyek also offers a gloss coating which can mimic OEM –like finishes. Xytek is more expensive than protek however protek was priced competitively towards the DIY market to compete with Halo EFX and Plasti Dip.
Both Xytek and Protek can be used with any pearls to achieve virtually any color you wish. Raail also sells color drop-ins which you can add for pre-mixed effortless color choices. Whether you choose to go with Protek or fork up the extra cash to go with Xytek, I’m sure you will be pleased with the results.
With the removable coatings industry growing at a lightning fast pace, the question “What is Halo EFX?”begs to be answered. I’ll start by letting you know that it is in fact a removable coating and its main selling point – like plasti dip is that it comes off.
So why the heck should I buy it?
Racking up at $58 per gallon for the clear and $65 to $70 MSRP for colored gallons, you might wonder what makes it worth buying over plasti dip (Halo EFX vs Plasti Dip). The simple answer is the feel. According to many users who have tried both products, almost all of them prefer the feel of Halo EFX over any other removable coating. Many users have used descriptions such as “it feels like vinyl” when describing the feel of Halo EFX.
So now for the all-important second question: What is Halo EFX’s reaction with pearls?
The answer to this is VERY simple. Halo EFX works with pearls the same way you would expect plasti dip to. You mix the same amount in a gallon of Halo EFX as you would in a gallon of Plasti Dip. Halo EFX will be slightly more reflective and shiny than standard matte plasti dip. If you’re looking for a satin finish, Halo EFX is probably the right coating for you. It is comparable to a mixture of half glossifier and half matte clear plasti dip.
@queenofvqnyc’s G37 Convertible in Kandy Pearls Delta Nano pearl in Halo EFX