Candy paint is one of the coolest effects that can be used for a custom look on a wide variety of objects. This page is dedicated to explaining how they work and some things to consider when purchasing and using candy paint. If you have questions that are not answered here please contact us at email@example.com. If you are ready to buy Click here to go to our sales area for candy paints.
Candy paint is more of a paint system or series of products and layers rather than a single product. A true candy paint is a 3 stage paint where a light reflective (usually a metallic) base layer is applied and a transparent color layer is applied over the reflective layer, and then a clear applied over the candy layer for added gloss, depth, and protection. This process creates unique colors that are said to have greater "depth of color". In a sense the sparkle of candy paint appears to be immersed deep within the color which makes a unique effect not otherwise attainable with normal automotive colors. As a result these finishes have been highly sought after by custom car and motorcycle paint enthusiasts for more than 50 years.
How Candy Paint Works
Candy paint works by using a reflective layer and a highly transparent colored layer such that you get a reflective sparkle from reflective layer that is colored on return to your eye by the candy colored layer. This color system is said to have "color depth" because the visible color is spread throughout the thickness of the colored layer whereas the typical paint color is designed to stop light penetration (and hence visiblitiy) as soon as possible within the layer. This unique approach creates unique colors that are very difficult to emmulate in the conventional opaque (opposite of transparent) finish.
Types of Candy Paint
Candy paint is available in many forms on the market but the most common forms are 2K urethane candy midcoats, candy basecoats, and candy concentrates. Multiple types have evolved over time because various applications tend to favor one form or the other. For instance, professional custom painters that are commonly painting candy on cars and motorcycles where the candy is the predominate color feature typically prefer the 2K urethane candy to achieve maximum depth and durability. However, graphic artist using candy as part of their graphic scheme often prefer candy basecoat as it dries faster, is less sensitive to recoat, gives a cleaner tape line and does not require activator so there is no immediate concern for pot life. Painters first learning to use candy paints will sometimes use a candy basecoat as well, reporting that it is easier to apply evenly. Candy concentrates are a great tool often used by professionals in combination with urethane clear or intercoat clear to create custom candy colors and effects.
How to Apply Candy Paint
Because candy paint is a transparent paint by nature the application of candy paint is different than that of conventional car paint colors. Candy paints must be applied very evenly to avoid dark and light spots or streaking. Generally speaking, larger and straighter objects like cars hoods and car sides are more difficult to paint than smaller curved objects like bike tanks and fenders.
Common Candy Colors
There are a lot of candy colors on the market but must fall into general categories that are fairly close in color based on the active dyes of highly transparent pigment used to create them. Common colors available include:
Darker Bluer Shade Red Wine Red, Brandywine etc
Lighter Yellow Shade Red Apple Red, Fire Red
Orange Tangerine, Orange
Gold Sunset Gold, Spanish Gold
Red Shade Blue Cobalt Blue
Green Shade Blue Oriental Blue, Asiatic Blue
Green Alien Green, Organic Green
Purple Electric Purple
Violet Violette, Violet
One of the great things about candy paint is varying the base color underneath the candy radically changes the color offering a great opportunity for unique colors.
Candy Paint Costs
Candy paint costs vary widely throughout the industry. Gallons of candy range from a low of $150 a gallon set up all the way up to approximately $600 for a gallon set up. Those prices do not include your metallic base or your protective clear which can easily double to triple the cost.
Where to buy Candy Paint
Candy paint can be purchased with us online in our web store or often your local auto paint dealer can order it for you. It is rare that your local autoi paint dealer will carrty a full pallette of candy in stock. Most order it as needed since it is a specialty item.
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