Sunday, May 05, 2013
Reynolds Aluminum introduces a metallic flake for use in automotive finishes. By the early 1950’s, Reynolds, Alcoa and others developed improved metallic flakes for automotive paint. This, together with improved paint resins started the industry on a road to a vast array of colors and color-effect. It also offered a new challenge to automotive refinish painters in their quest to not only match the color of the paint, but also the effect that was produced by the aluminum flakes in the paint. If the paint was applied too “wet”, it would run down the side of the car. If it was applied too dry, the flakes would not lay flat enough to reflect light and the result would be a dull finish.