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Old 12-17-2009, 07:33 PM
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Help Painting Candy

I need the easy steps on how to mix candy colors. It doesnt matter what kind, anyway there is. I need help how to shoot it also. I have 0 experience as you guys can see....

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Old 12-17-2009, 08:46 PM
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If you have NO experience with candy, you need to get an old fender and practise. The basic steps to candy is a base coat, candy coat and then the clear coat.

The base coat is usually silver or gold, The candy coat is like a clear coat that is tinted with whatever color you want. After the candy coat is applied, the clear coat is applied. The clear coat you can color sand and buff out.

The candy coat is the hardest to apply. You must adhere to the 50% over lap rule. If you over lap too much, you will have dark stripes in the end result. Too many coats, the candy effect will be too dark, too few coats,, you will have a light candy effect. Niether will look good in the end.

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alright thanks..
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Law is soo right, spraying candy colors is not for the faint of heart it takes alot of practice. if you realy want to paint your own car or whatever and you are new to painting or have done it in the past i would recomend using the house of kolor kandy basecoats it is sooooo much easier to do and you will be much happier with the end result versus a true candy paint. good luck and take yor time and have patience and you will be fine. Fisher
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The hardest thing about painting a candy color is the fact that it is a transparent paint. The more coats you put on the darker the color gets and the less transparent it is. It is very easy to get tiger stripes if your gun isn't set up correctly and your spraying technique isn't up to par. It is also very important to paint the entire car assembled if at all possible so you can make sure each panel gets the same number of coats. The last thing you want is a fender that is lighter or darker than the rest of the car. If its lighter you can make it darker but if its darker you either have to strip it and start again or make the rest of the car darker to match.

Painting a candy is not something that is easy to do and isn't something I would recommend to anyone who is not at least familiar with automotive painting and has the proper equipment.


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For all the reasons listed above, if you've never sprayed before, candy is really not the place to learn. There are several aftermarket (House of Color, PPG, and others) that have candy-like colors that are much easier to apply.

LIke said above, it's easy to get streaks, or light and dark spots. They are also rather difficult to blend in. ALso, that parking lot "ding" you will get, will be hard to repair and spot in without showing.

You'll be better off having someone do it who knows what they're doing, or going with a simpler paint system. There are many really cool paints out there now that are more user friendly. There are even some of the late-model factory colors that have a candy 'look' to them.
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