Metal flake is a metallic substance that is added to clear coat to give any paint job depth and sparkle. Metal flake is typically used on cars and motorcycles but can also be used on wood projects, like a skateboard or a guitar. Adding this type of high gloss metal paint to a project gives you the opportunity to get really creative with your design. Metal flake should be applied with a spray gun. Use a spray gun that is dedicated to applying metal flake as it may be difficult to completely clean the sprayer afterward.
Paint your wood with a base color. Choose a base color that closely matches the color of flakes you have chosen. Combining two similar colors will add depth and result in a professional looking paint job. Use a paint sprayer to apply the color to the wood in solid even strokes. Allow the paint to dry.
Mix the metal flake with clear coat. You can use any type of clear coat that you like to work with. Mix one tablespoon of metal flakes per one quart of clear coat. Stir the metal flake and clear coat until completely mixed.
Pour the metal flake mixture into a paint sprayer. Make sure that all parts and tubing of the paint sprayer are clean to avoid residue from a previous paint job ruining your project.
Attach the metal flake nozzle to the paint sprayer. The nozzle is slightly wider to accommodate the paint flakes.
Spray one thin coat of paint to your wooden object. Spray slowly using a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping each pass of the sprayer. Allow the metallic clear coat to dry until it is slightly tacky.
Apply a second coat of paint using the same technique. Spray three to four total layers of clear coat. Allow the paint job to cure for three days before heavy use.