Pearlescent Pigments Whitepaper

Pearlescent Pigments in Coatings – A Primer

Pearlescent pigments are widely used in a variety of applications, from cosmetics to plastics and inks to automotive topcoats. The goal of pearlescent pigments is to mimic the inherent gleam and luster of natural pearls. This is achieved by utilizing the light reflection characteristics of microscopic platelets and the optimization of their diffraction and diffusion properties. There are several types of pearl pigments commercially available, including natural pearl essence, bismuth oxychloride crystals and oxide-coated micas. There are also several other types of substrates that can be oxide coated, such as glass flake and platy alumina.

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