: The "ChromaFlair" in Thunder Gray ChromaFlair



GMX322V S/C
12-29-08, 04:56 AM
Since the skies have cleared out over the last couple of days, I've really been noticing the amount of "flop" the paint has (the way its appearance varies with viewing angle). I think it's pretty remarkable, so I went looking into what this "ChromaFlair" business was all about and came across this interesting bit of trivia from Tony over in the '08 CTS forum: Thunder gray question... (http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/1482554-post19.html) (good one Tony! :cool2:)

That, in turn, led me to this: JDSU ChromaFlair (http://www.jdsu.com/products/decorative/product-line/chromaflair.html) --just thought I'd share...

OldRoadDawg
12-29-08, 08:11 AM
Will the Gray Chromaflair be as difficult match up as is the case with the White Diamond tri-coat paint in the event of collision damage?

Cadillac Tony
12-29-08, 09:38 AM
Any tri-coat or tintcoat paint is tough to match, and that includes Thunder Gray.

Razorecko
12-29-08, 11:24 AM
That chromaflair reminds me of that "chameleon" paint job on the old svt mustangs and some pt cruiser's i've seen. Thank goodness the cadillac got a nice professional subdued version of their product.

gothicaleigh
12-29-08, 11:31 AM
"Chromaflair" is the part of the paint finish designed by marketing. It's closely related to fine corinthian leather. :p




Seriously though, it's the drop of color tinting in the clearcoat that makes the paint finish nigh impossible to match when you need a touch-up. :D Chromaflair!




That chromaflair reminds me of that "chameleon" paint job on the old svt mustangs and some pt cruiser's i've seen. Thank goodness the cadillac got a nice professional subdued version of their product.

:yeah: It's the same process as those.

GMX322V S/C
12-29-08, 04:26 PM
FWIW, a carefully worded answer from the ChromaFlair FAQ (http://www.jdsu.com/product-literature/chromaflaircaq_faq_dec_ae.pdf):
Can paints incorporating ChromaFlair pigment be repaired?
Feedback from a broad range of customers, including automotive repair, indicates ease in repair comparable to existing products. It has been noted that the large degree of color travel (color shift) may actually assist the ease of spot repairs, possibly due to the degree of color accommodation by the eye.The FAQ also says that ChromaFlair is a "stir in" pigment, so by "existing products" they might mean other existing, high-flop clearcoat metallics; there was a time when they were considered "impossible" to match as well. That's where a craftman's "art" comes in I guess...