Main IndexAuto Repair Home Search Posts SEARCH
Who's Online WHO'S
Log in LOG

Search Auto Parts

Pearlescent white paint steps?

  Email This Post

New User

Mar 6, 2021, 3:46 AM

Post #1 of 5 (955 views)
Pearlescent white paint steps? Sign In

Hi there,

I have a rusting deep scrape on the driver's side back fender panel on my Honda Odyssey (DBA-RB1). It covers about a 2x5 inch area. I want to remove the rust, fill the damage, and repaint the area.

My car has a pearlescent white paint, and the paint code is NH-624P. I have never done much beyond a belt change, oil/filter change, but I want to give this a shot.

My question is about the paint. Will a pearlescent paint require different steps to normal paint (primer, base, clear)?

(This post was edited by sefira on Mar 6, 2021, 3:56 AM)

Tom Greenleaf
Ultimate Carjunky / Moderator
Tom Greenleaf profile image

Mar 6, 2021, 4:27 AM

Post #2 of 5 (940 views)
Re: Pearlescent white paint steps? Sign In

Let's start with what year, miles and just what this is and should be worth:
It would and is the end of vehicles where I am and most are. Rust isn't cost effective to solve. You've noticed it in one spot I want to know the whole vehicle's condition vs reality?

It ruins everything - structural metal and scary, fuel lines, brake lines (think about that) vs something ugly to see right now.
You really need a whole car/vehicle assessment on this then if this is the only spot (a repair was done there maybe?) then move on. It's doable in ways to be OK if the vehicle is OK first.
Sorry to burst your bubble but it might be the sign of the end for this or not we don't know from what you said no model year and miles add overall condition vs keeping this or what to do,


New User

Mar 6, 2021, 4:39 AM

Post #3 of 5 (935 views)
Re: Pearlescent white paint steps? Sign In

The car is in pretty good shape otherwise. It has 62,000 miles, though it was built in 2004. There are no rust issues that I can see (it lives under a sheltered parking space, and we don't live near the coast). I drive it everyday for work.

Embarrassingly, I actually caused the damage myself a couple of years ago on a wall that enclosed my driveway. I didn't have the time or money to repair it at the time, but have been wanting to get it fixed since. There's no bubbling paint or anything. I live in Japan, so when I say driver's side, it's on the right, and so the damage is not on the same side as the fuel cap.

When I say 2x5 inch area, I'm accounting for what rust may be under the paint, though I'm not sure what it looks like until I sand it down. In actuality, it's about 1x2 inches of visible damage.

(This post was edited by sefira on Mar 6, 2021, 4:45 AM)

New User

Mar 6, 2021, 4:59 AM

Post #4 of 5 (908 views)
Re: Pearlescent white paint steps? Sign In

If the car was an old rust bucket, I'd probably just get something new. I just want to know if the steps for repainting/retouching are different for pearlescent paint. Cool

I want to fix this before it does start getting serious.

Tom Greenleaf
Ultimate Carjunky / Moderator
Tom Greenleaf profile image

Mar 6, 2021, 5:05 AM

Post #5 of 5 (902 views)
Re: Pearlescent white paint steps? Sign In

OK, you can fix this then thanks for that answer:
Japan, haven't been I knew whole country was right hand drive vs US where this site is based doesn't matter for this.

Car is probably OK to move on. My opinion I wouldn't jump the hurdles for looks of your work like nothing happened if down low cut out rusted metal till you find none on back side of metal. What you see is just the tip of like an iceberg, it's worse behind that.

Still it's just that not always the whole car's issue you have the excuse and reason to move on.

It's still a 2003 so figure that despite now very low miles usually helps and sometimes hurts if all short runs and long times outdoors just sitting.

Go for it my thoughts may differ I would cut out the bad metal with snips and cutters that work then on a budget for it replace that with good metal, new or what you can get rivet or what works hold that securely in place. Finish with what I call Bondo not too thick or it will come right back.

Now depending on wishes, time allowed think about a wrinkle finish if you can put painter's tape in a perfect line if only just between wheels do wrinkled paints out of can where I am looks great and can last for a good long time. Rubberized, paintable undercoat is one, another is by Rustoleum brush or spray "Hammered" look it works! Hides flaws you made fixing it.

Down low lots of vehicles new come with another color - choose dark grey or black like tires low parts get trashed anyway from wheels and tires spraying off junk always did always will.

Forget "Pearlescent" unless you want to another here will concur and would do that is done in stages to get that effect is lots of time and money I personally wouldn't for a car like this isn't collectible or a novelty car where cost is no factor.

Hope that helps it's hard. Pics if you can show some would help us help you,


  Email This Post

Feed Button

Search for (options) Privacy Sitemap