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There's more to paint selection than the number of stages in which it's applied. The composition of different paints varies dramatically. The simplest are single-stage paints, which have nothing in them but solid colors. Metallic paints, on the other hand, have aluminum shavings mixed in for that sparkly luster many people envy. They can be either single- or dual-stage paints, but most are only available in basecoat/clearcoat systems. Pearls are different paints altogether. They have mica particles mixed into them that reflect light from different angles. The result is a color-shifting effect as you walk around a car. Kandies, on the other hand, are applied by laying down a metallic base, then sealing it in with a coat of tinted clearcoat. As light penetrates the colored clearcoat, it reflects off the metal flakes, giving the appearance of depth. Applying kandy paint is a three-stage process starting with a basecoat of silver, gold, or white metallic followed by a transparent kandy tint, and then a clearcoat on top. Kandies are very laborious, require lots of experience, and are not recommended for the backwoods bodyman.