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The metalflake is added to the clear- or topcoat of a base/clear system. Santini prefers to use a slow-drying urethane clear so that the flakes sink into it. The more the flake sinks, the smoother the finish. He tells us that a good rule of thumb is 24 ounces of clear mixed with 2 ounces of flake, but we watched him just pour a bunch in and mix it up.