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What is Candy Paint?
Candy paints are class of paints that give unique color effects due to their transparent nature. This class of colors typically stand out from normal automotive colors because of the unique process used to obtain the observed color. As sush, candy finishes have been widely used in the customization of many objects from automobiles to christmas ornaments and thousands of other items for well over 100 years. While it is not known to be fact by the authors, it is believed that candy paints derived its name due to the resemblance of transparent colored sugar "candies". Colored sugar candies them offer this same unique look only in an edible form. Despite added steps to create a true candy paint finish these paints continue to flourish due to their unique, exciting appearance. A better understanding of these finishes will help professionals and beginners alike in the proper selection and use of candy paints.
How it works
A true candy paint finish consist application of a base color, application of a transparent candy layer, and typically a protective clear coat to help extend the life of the candy finish. The base color layer and candy layer work together to create a unique color rarely seen in traditional automotive paints. Literally thousands of unique colors can be created by varying both the base layer and the candy layer which makes them well suited for custom projects.
The most common base layers used are metallic finishes like high sparkle silver metallics which provide a unique sparkling effect to the color when exposed to brighter lights. Many other base layers can be used but metallics are by far the most common. Generally speaking the lighter the color of the basecoat the lighter the finished candy color will be. However, the lightness and darkness of the final color is also effected from the number of coats of candy applied.
There are many shades of candy color available each with its own unique appeal.
The most common candy layer colors are:
- Apple Red (yellow shade red)
- Wine Red (bluer shade red)
- Cobalt Blue (redder shade blue)
- Green Shade Blue
- Orange or Tangerine Shades
- Yellow or Greener Shade of Gold
- Red Shade of Gold
- Brown or Copper shades
- Green - Yellower Shade
- Green - Bluer Shade
In some cases unique colors will be obtained by blending two or more standard shades. Another approach to obtaining different candy paint colors is by varying the concentration of the candy paint itself. This will produce a color that is lighter or darker when applied over your opaque base layer giving it a unique effect.
With candy finishes there is a great deal of versatility allowing smart custom painters to create their own unique look in order to make their jobs truly stand out!
Where to Buy
Candy paint finishes and candy paint kits can be purchased at most local auto paint dealers or purchased on line for outstanding savings.