How Much Is Pearl White Car Paint?

Randy Charles
Randy Charles
Professional Painter

Hi, I’m Randy Charles, the creator and chief editor of this site Paintcentric. I’m a businessman now by profession, but I used to work as...Read more

For many people their car is a representation of themselves. A lot of vehicle owners try to get a finish that they love, but this doesn’t come cheap. Pearl finishes on the car is becoming a lot more popular nowadays and many car owners have opted for this gorgeous finish. But how much should you expect to pay for this?

This type of finish is far more expensive than your average paint job. It could cost you up to 50% more! Obviously the price will differ depending on your motor vehicle model and the type of pearl paint finish you want. Getting someone to paint this onto your car could cost you around $3000 or more!

When getting your car painted you shouldn’t take the cheap option. It is expensive for a reason and cutting costs here and there will leave you with an untidy finish. In this article you will find out everything you need to know about pearl paint jobs so you can make an informed decision before committing to that design.

Pros of Pearlescent Paint

With any finish of a car there are always pros and cons, these are some pros you need to think about before you go ahead with the paint job.

Pros of Pearlescent Paint

  • You get a gorgeous finish on your car making it more valuable
  • When it comes to selling your car, it will be more appealing so you can sell it for more
  • It is very eye-catching and will draw attention to you
  • This type of finish shows that you care for your vehicle and represents who you are
  • It is long lasting and gives a subtle two-tone effect
  • Compared to metallic paint, the finish is classier
  • It is the finish of a luxury vehicle even if your car isn’t classed as high-end

Cons of Pearlescent Paint

There are loads of pros for getting a pearlescent paint finish on your car, but there are also plenty of cons too. Think about these carefully so you can make an informed decision.

  • Repairs and touch-ups are more expensive than other paint jobs
  • It is tricky to get a perfect finish when repairing the finish
  • Far more expensive than other paint jobs
  • When you get a scratch you have to re-do the car to get an even finish
  • It is not as resistant as other paints, such as, metallic

How Does Pearl Paint Work?

Pearl paint is used to make cars look more luxurious. It uses shiny ceramic crystals into the paint which is why it is called the pearl-like effect. The pearls inside the paint create a glow on your car and the colour even changes slightly depending on the lighting and the angle of the car. When the lights hit the crystals it is bent and reflected, creating tiny rainbow-like prisms. This is where the different colours come from. The colour will also change depending on the type of light that is hitting the car and how the car is being viewed.

How Does Pearl Paint Work?How Does Pearl Paint Work

Pearl paint is very modern and is certainly good-looking as a finish on a car. What a lot of people forget is that the colour of the car will change depending on the lighting situation so make sure you like the finish in all types of lighting before you get it on your car. You don’t want to spend so much money for something you don’t love!

How Much Is Pearl White Car Paint?

To have a pearl white finish on your car professionally then you can expect to pay around $500. It is hard to achieve such a gorgeous finish when working on a tight budget because it is a luxury finish on your car. It is more expensive than getting a metallic paint job done.

How Much Is Pearl White Car Paint

If you are wanting to do it manually then you can purchase pearly white car spray paint for under $10 for one can. Chances are you are going to need a lot of cans probably costing you around $100 depending on your vehicle.

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How to Make Pearl White Paint for Cars at Home?

Making pearl white paint for your car can be a fairly easy task. A lot of people don’t recommend doing this because it is really hard to create a nice finish on the car when you do it on your own. When it comes to actually making the paint it isn’t that difficult.

When you have primed your car you need to apply the base colour. If you are wanting pearl white then apply white as your base colour. Do this in any method that you want to but make sure to do a good job else it can affect the pearl effect.

How to Make Pearl White Paint for Cars at Home

There are 2 types of pearls you can use for painting your car. Pick whether you want to use ghost pearls or candy pearls.

Candy pearls- Mix together your pearl powder into candy paint and add this on top of your base coat. Using candy pearls means that the pain will be more translucent so you will need to use 4-6 coats of paint. The colour will become darker the more coats you apply, and the paint will intensify the base colour. You want the colour underneath to show through and then the pearl to tint it giving it a lovely glow. After every layer you create sand down the car slightly and repeat this until you achieve your perfect finish.

Ghost pearls- Mix your pearly powder into the base colour coat and then all you need to do is spray it onto the vehicle. This is the easiest way to create pearl white paint but spraying the paint on can cause some thicker parts of the car. Make sure you are moving your entire body when spraying your car so that the paint can go onto it evenly. You then need to spray the car once the layers have dried with clear coat.             This will help to protect the paint job and give you a longer-lasting finish.


Getting a pearl white paint job on your car is pretty expensive when you do it professionally. If you try to do it by yourself then you risk the outcome being awful and ruining your car. Leading to you spending unnecessary money when you could’ve just gotten it done professionally.

Doing the pearl finish yourself is manageable and a lot cheaper, costing you around $100-$200. Compared to the thousands of dollars you could spend getting it done professionally. Before you make your decision do some proper research into the paint job to see if you are happy to part with that kind of money for that finish.

Randy Charles
Randy CharlesProfessional Painter

Hi, I’m Randy Charles, the creator and chief editor of this site Paintcentric. I’m a businessman now by profession, but I used to work as a painter earlier in my professional career. There is simply nothing about painting that I didn’t do as a painter. From painting a fridge to a multi-storied building, I left nothing. I retired from my painting job in the mid of 2018 due to back arthritis problems.

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