Candy Colors are true candy colors. Candy Colors are transparent,
brilliant colors that allow the underlying coat to interact with the
light passing through the candy color.
Use Candy Colors over 4100
Series Aluminum Bases. Candy Colors may also be used over Pearlized,
Iridescent, Metallic, Cosmic, or Hot Rod Sparkle Colors for candy
For awesome candied metal-flake finishes, mix Candy Colors
directly 4500 Series Hot Rod Sparkle Series. Candy Colors may be intermixed with one another for custom
Although the Candy Colors are used as a base coat color, they are
dye-based and special considerations need to be made when using them
as opposed to the regular base coat paints. Candy Colors will have a
tact-like feel even after they have cured. The Candy Colors are
sensitive and cannot be directly masked on. Candy Colors need
to be thoroughly cured then cleared before graphics can be taped or
masked. If a paint job
done with Candy Colors is to be left alone for a prolonged period
prior to clear coating, a coat of clear should be applied to protect
the colors from picking up dust and dirt. As the Candy Colors are
sensitive and prone to blemishes when touched, a coat of clear will
prevent any markings that could occur when attempting to clean.
Candy Colors are concentrated. Add Transparent Extender (the
base of the Candy Colors) direct to Candy Colors when spraying large
areas to prevent unwanted color build-up.
Please note: The Candy Colors will not look good until the clear is
applied. The clear’s gloss will bring to life the Candy Colors.
Candy Colors are more difficult to spray than other Auto Air Colors.
It is best to work in very light coats. Light coats will avoid
unwanted buildup and blotches of color and prevent crawling, which
may happen as the Candy Colors are very thin colors. Often, 8 or
more coats will be applied to achieve the desired color.
Bleeding is an issue if the colors are not completely cured prior to
clearing. It may be best to lock up the Candy Colors with the first
tact coat. Allow the first coat about 15 minutes or so to flash
before putting on the next coat. The clear’s catalyzing will prevent
the candy colors from bleeding into the next coat(s) of clear, which
could happen when wet coats are quickly applied onto one another on
top of a coat of candy that has not completely cured. The candy
colors’ dye crawling does not always occur, it is more likely to
happen in humid conditions when moisture rests on the candy as the
clear is applied.
It is imperative to completely cure the Candy Colors. This may
take several hours if drying in open air conditions.
For an added
effect, lightly dust on a coat of the 4300 Series Pearl White,
Metallic White or the 4500 Series Sparkle White onto the Aluminum
Base after it has been heat cured but before the Candy Colors are
applied. The light dust coat will not be built-up enough to stop the
light from reflecting off the Aluminum Base but will create a
shimmering effect that pops in the sun, adding a new dimension to
the Candy Color. This can also be achieved by lightly dusting on a
coat in between coats of the Candy Color.
Other 4300 and 4500 Series Colors can be used and keyed with the
Candy Color depending upon the color. For more pronounced,
glimmering Candy Colors, use the 4300 and 4500 Series Colors
directly as the base for the Candy Color. The 4500 Series Hot Rod
Sparkle White is a killer base for the Candy Colors. The Hot Rod
Sparkle White will shimmer and glisten through the Candy Color and
allow the natural Candy Color to be seen, as opposed to tinting the
Candy Color with, for example, Hot Rod Sparkle Purple.