|Quoting SmithAir747 (Thread starter):|
Do you think metallic colours could be painted on aircraft, like on this model, in real life, to give them a real metallic sheen?
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|Quoting ORD (Reply 1):|
Also, Northwest and Spirit to an extent have metallic silver paint on their current liveries.
|Quoting Sevenforeseven (Reply 12):|
Virgin Atlantic use "metallic" paint, but its not actually paint with metal particles as you find on cars. The metallic effect is by using reflective plastic particles mixed with the paint rather than metal ones. The reason behind not using metal particles is that if the aircraft has a lightening strike (nearly all do quite regularly)major damage will result as the metal particles will allow the voltage to travel all around the ship, and the plastic insulates.
So to answer you question, yes you can have metallic paint effect, but not by using paint containing metal particles.