Big flake from the Vi­brance Col­lec­tion

Low Rider - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY JOE RAY PPG us.pp­gre­fin­ish.com

When you want your lowrider cus­tom paintjob to stand out from the rest and in­ter­rupt peo­ple’s at­ten­tion at a car show, make the big move and go Big Flake by Dit­zler. Al­ways bring­ing in­no­va­tion to the sur­face, PPG’s Vi­brance Col­lec­tion flakes us out with a waterborne flake cre­ation that of­fers up to nine col­ors as well as four color-shift­ing ver­sions to cre­ate a wide range of basecoat and tri-coat cus­tom color for­mu­la­tions. Dit­zler Big Flake can be added di­rectly to basecoats or used as a ground coat, es­pe­cially on a two-toned candy and flaked '84 Fleet­wood Brougham Cadil­lac, as we have fea­tured here.

Th­ese waterborne flakes come in all of your fa­vorite lowrider col­ors: Stan­dard Big Flake • VM4401 Gold • VM4402 Sil­ver

We went down to the PPG train­ing cen­ter in On­tario, Cal­i­for­nia, with a Cadil­lac in tow to re­ceive a demon­stra­tion on how easy the waterborne flake process is to spray, and to find out why the Dit­zler Big Flake prod­uct is a bet­ter sys­tem than the old-school sol­vent flake­job as a com­par­i­son.

We all know that the most ex­treme choice in cus­tom paint is to go ei­ther full flake or add flake to a paint scheme. PPG’s ex­pert in­struc­tors, Paul Stoll and Frank Ramos, state that with the waterborne sys­tem when flake is ap­plied the ma­te­rial lays down flat and dries quicker so that when you add the sol­vent clearcoat af­ter this process will pre­vent that high-risk chance of a mas­sive run or drip from the weight of the flake that, as pain­ters all know, can­not be fixed or re­paired. The other added plus about waterborne flake is that you don’t have to shake your spray gun to get the flake to rise up be­cause with waterborne the flake floats at the top of your gun. With the Dit­zler Big Flake you can also add candy on top of the process for a deeper, more vi­brant look, if de­sired. This Vi­brance Col­lec­tion comes in color-shift­ing cre­ations as well, which are very tempt­ing to use when com­ple­ment­ing other col­ors in a paint combo of color de­signs.

The PPG fa­cil­ity’s mas­sive, state-of-the-art spray booths are big enough to han­dle any large ve­hi­cle, es­pe­cially an '84 Brougham, so fol­low along with the demon­stra­tion of waterborne flake magic as PPG in­struc­tor/pain­ter Frank Ramos cre­ates the first steps of this three-part se­ries on ex­clu­sive cus­tom paintjobs. To be­gin this spe­cial seg­ment we started off with the Dit­zler Big Flake.

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