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Old 02-28-2010, 01:34 PM
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Old school Candy flake paint job

I just got back from Autorama and this guy had a 65 corvette in Kandy Apple red. The sparkle that the paint job had was incredible and garnered the largest crowds. He had it lit so that it looked like a million tiny lights were emitting from the paint. I asked the guy what he had done and he said that it was base silver met., apple red kandy and micro and mini flakes.

My questions are, are the flakes sprayed with an incoat clear over the silver? Are the flakes mixed together sprayed and in how many coats? Would the flakes be mixed in with the first few layers of Kandy and sprayed?
What kind of flake proportion is added to the paint? Would I be assuming right that you usually use silver flake and not a colored flake?

He said he was going for an old-school Candy/flake job. He did an absolutely fabulous job.

I know you guys have not see the car, so my questions are more general in nature than specific to the Corvette.

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Old 02-28-2010, 07:42 PM
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Not being cute but ALL OF THE ABOVE, you can spray the flakes anyway you can think. Only test panels will show you what it will look like and which scheme you want for the look you're after:

mixed together
over the base
with the candy
over the candy

Don't forget that flake requires TONS of clear over it to sand smooth. If you break thru and hit the flakes they turn an ugly black and it's strip and redo time.
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