Candy paint colors, sometimes called Kandy paint as well, are highly sought after by car and motorcycle enthusiasts due to their unique look. This special class of automotive colors have been used by custom painters for more than 60 years to make vehicles stand out from the typical automotive finish and are still quite popular today for this reason. This page has more detailed information on candy paints and features photo galleries of our candy colors.
If you are not famliar with the look of candy paints see the gallery below. Shown in the gallery are our most popular candy colors in both 2K Urethane and Candy Basecoat Colors. The Candy Basecoats are shown over black and white whereas the urethane candy colors are shown over stellar silver. Scroll down to learn more about candy paints.
How Candy Paint Works
Candy colors work in conjunction with reflective basecoats, usually metallic, and clearcoat to create a finish system that exhibits a deep, colored sparkle that is not attainable with typical automotive paints. As such, these colors are said to be a “three stage” or “tricoat” system.
The system works as long as the candy layer is transparent. Therefore, special proprietary coloring agents must be used to give a highly transparent finish. Part of the appeal of this type of color is the opportunity to create unique variations of the colors by using different base colors. Since the base color contributes highly to the final color, changing the base color can dramatically, or subtly change the color of the final finish. Furthermore, the number of layers or coats required to achieve the final color often results in a very deep and wet looking final finish. In fact, in many circles kandy paint is known for the “wet look” as much or more than the uniqueness of the color itself.
The kandy color look is truly unique but does come with some drawbacks. Unfortunately, the special coloring agents used to give a true candy look do not withstand attach from the sun’s U.V. rays for long periods of time. Depending on the level of outdoor exposure candy paints can last anywhere from one to 5 years and in some cases more before the candy layer begins to fade to a washed out look. It’s impossible to predict with a lot of certainly exactly how long a kandy paint job might last. One of the most critical factors influencing the longevity of these finishes is the quality of the clearcoat. Clears must have a quality blend of U.V. screeners and durable resins to help reduce the level of UV exposure on the candy layer. All our UreKem clears are fortified with a synergistic blend of UV reducing additives. The other downside of candy paints is that they are a bit more challenging to apply evenly than typical automotive finishes, however, professional custom painters typically master the techniques relatively quickly.
Types of Candy Paint
There are actually different types of candy paint, each with its own optimal area of use. The 4 types currently on the market in terms of popularity include;
- catalyzed urethane candy
- pearl modified candy base coat
- candy concentrates
- candy base coat
Catalyzed urethane candys have been available for decades and account for the largest category of candy paints. These finishes require an activator and contain urethane resins that have a great durability to environmental attack. They look glossy when applied but still require a clear for best durability. Candy base coat is a true base coat form of candy. This variety is a popular choice for graphics due to the faster dry and ease of taping as compared to the catalyzed urethane candy. Pearl modified candy base coat is candy base coat with a special pearl added to each color which gives a sparkle effect and reduces transparency to a small degree. The advantage of this type is that it is easier to spray evenly than urethane candy and the base color underneath is less critical to the final color. Pearl modified candy base has become a popular product to many custom painters and air brush artists.
Candy concentrates are concentrated forms of the special coloring agents that make candy paints possible. These are a nice tool to the professional custom painter to customize finishes for varying customer taste. Candy concentrates are best used to add depth and richness to existing basecoat colors. By combining candy concentrates with pearl and metallic base coat colors rich candy like colors can be create that are as unique as the person that created them. While some many people use candy concentrates in conjunction with 2K clears and intercoat clears to make pure candy colors, this approach does not provide optimal durability and stability. Using a properly stabilized candy formula as Pre-packaged candy colors typically are give a product that lasts longer both in the can and on your car. At this time, UreKem is the only provider of all 4 types from the factory and we have them in the store for an incredible price.
The final color and look in general is what drives vehicle owners to custom paint their vehicle or is a critical buying factor in purchasing a vehicle. Candy colors offer a unique look that helps sell a vehicle of makes a vehicle stand out according to the owner’s personal vision. When you consider the fact that the base color can be varied to provide varying candy final colors, there are literally thousands of colors possible with candy finishes. Nevertheless, if you focus on the candy layer itself, the common options include wine red, apple red, cobalt blue and other blues, tangerine, green, purple, golds, coppers/browns, pink, and teal.
In addition to varying the base coat color the amount of candy applied over the base coat can also greatly effect the final color. Applying more candy over the base will reduce the effect of the base itself. In mot cases the results in the final color being darker the more candy that is applied over it. However, in some cases such as applying a light gold candy over a dark green base, the color will lighten as more coats are applied. This is the rare exception. Most get darker as more coats are applied.
Challenges with Candy Finishes
How To Properly Apply Candy Colors
Durability Aspects of Candy Colors
Candy Color Bleeding