BMW April 2022

Standox, a global refinish brand of Axalta, has released a new Standovision training video showing refinishers how to achieve a perfect three-stage white pearl repair across the full side of a vehicle. 

White is still the most popular vehicle colours globally at 38%, according to Axalta’s 2020 Global Automotive Colours Popularity report. And with 11% of white vehicles having a pearl effect, the requirement for three-stage repairs is on the rise.

In the video, an Axalta expert guides refinishers through the steps required when processing complex three-stage pearl repairs across more than one panel, including how to avoid and to correct errors, for right-first-time results.

Kevin Welling, training academy manager for Axalta in the UK and Ireland said that they have listened to their professional refinishers and in direct response to their requests for advice on how to handle tricky three-stage pearl repair processes on larger surfaces, they have developed this training video. They have focused on techniques using Standoblue Basecoat to avoid issues such as mottling, as well as addressing other challenges that refinishers might face.

Planning and  prep

Before starting a three-stage repair, Welling recommends refinishers familiarise themselves with important techniques such as colours samples preparation and blending, essential for any size of repair. Another important preparation point to remember is to use the correct colours filler. White filler is recommended for white pearl effect colours. 

Adjust for ambient conditions

Product adjustment at both the ground colours and effect coat stages is even more important when working on a large repair because of the number of overlap zones. Refinishers should try to reduce the number of overlap zones to minimise the possibility of dry spray forming on the yet-to-be-painted part of the job. 

In warmer conditions, the basecoat should be adjusted accordingly to counteract faster flash-off. Slower product adjustment keeps the film open longer, allowing for better overspray absorption and mottling control. If the ground colours are hardened it will dry faster, so this needs to be considered. When hot, a larger nozzle on the spray gun will help maintain application speed and achieve a continual wet film of paint.

Best way to spray

When spraying a full vehicle side, refinisher’s can either start at the bottom of the rear wheel arch and work forward, or from the front fender working towards the back. The important thing is to ensure each section is blended in together to give a continuous film.

The video is designed to be watched in conjunction with the three-stage pearl process video that was previously released as the two can be used alongside each other for maximum effect.

To watch the above videos please go to