Candy Paint: 3 Easy Ways To Mixing Your Own

Introduction to Candy Paint

All candy paint begins with a concentrated transparent dye, or candy concentrate. Whether you add that concentrate to a 2k clearcoat, intercoat clear, binder/balancer, it’s still transparent. By definition still a ‘true candy’.

oldsmobile cutlass in green candy paint

MIXING:

2k Clearcoat

Mixing your concentrate with 2k clearcoat, results in what is known as a Urethane Candy. This sprays just like your clearcoat over top of a metallic base coat. Once given a flash time, it’s topped with another 2-3 coats of a 2k clearcoat without any concentrate. This is the most difficult of the 3 options to apply properly. It is used when spraying a full car in one solid candy color. Mix up to 5 parts catalyzed clearcoat to 1 part concentrate

Intercoat

Mixing your concentrate with intercoat clear, results in a candy paint that dries fast & sprays like your base coat. It is sprayed over top of your metallic base coat, like you’d spray a pearl coat. Once given a flash time, it’s topped with 2-3 coats of a 2k clearcoat. This is much easier than the 2k option to apply properly. It is used mostly when laying out patterns on a car, like you’d see on a lowrider. Mix up to 5 parts reduced intercoat to 1 part concentrate

Binder/Balancer

Mixing your concentrate with your binder & balancer, results in a candy that dries fast & sprays like your base coat. Use straight over a metallic base coat or add a pearl and apply over a solid color base. Once given a flash time, it’s topped with 2-3 coats of a 2k clearcoat. This is the easiest option to apply properly. Especially if you’re adding the pearl, as it aides in coverage. It is used mostly when spraying a full car one solid color, but also when someone’s just learning how to spray candy. Mix up to 5 parts unreduced binder/balancer to 1 part concentrate

For those skeptical of what we’ve said:

Here is the direct page from House of Kolor on how to mix your urethane candy paint.

#1 Reason Why Neon Paint Is Bad For A Car

Neon Paint aka Fluorescent Paint

Neon paint, made of fluorescent pigments, is a high impact paint that demands attention. Unfortunately for these same reasons, it fades FAST

THIS HAPPENED WITHIN LESS THAN A YEAR!

Why does it fade?

This is due to science. Fluorescent pigments absorb UV light, changing it into color you can see. For a more scientific description you can visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorescence#Physical_principles

Won’t a good clearcoat prevent fading?

No matter how good a clearcoat is, there’s nothing to prevent fading when the paint has no UV resistance.

What is the difference between dayglow & neon?

NOTHING! Dayglow was a term used in the 60’s & 70’s to describe neon pigments. These same pigments are used in neon paint.

Airbrush Paint: YES! You Absolutely Can Use Automotive Paint?

YES! Automotive paint can be used as airbrush paint.

automotive paint used as airbrush paint

Choosing The Best Blue Candy Paint For You

With so many different shades of blue candy paint, which one is best for you?

This will always depend on you! Are you someone who likes more of a dark blue or a sky blue? Once you know how light/dark you like your blue to be, we can get started creating the right one for you.

variations of 12 different blue candy paint spray outs

How do you know which one to pick?

It begins with your decision on whether you want light, dark or in the middle. Once you have that question answered, then you know what color base you’ll want. When you use a silver base coat, it’ll brighten the color. As opposed to a gold base coat, that’ll darken the color. We have 4 different blue candy paint shades.

blueberry urethane cande

Dark Cobalt Blue

blue razz urethane cande

Bright Oriental Blue

bandanna blue urethane cande

True Blue

plum urethane cande

Burple

What’s the differences?

The differences are simply the shade. When you’re looking for a dark blue, blueberry would be best for you. When you’re looking for a light blue, blue razz would be best. Looking for something in the middle, bandanna blue would be your choice. Finally if you’re looking for something that pushes the limits of blue & purple, plum is AMAZING! No matter what you choose, candy blue paint is always going to attract attention & leave you looking back at your car every time you step away.

How do I know which type of blue candy paint to select?

This again will depend on the final result you are looking for. Remember each of these will need to have a quality clear coat with UV inhibitors in it.

Cande

Reduce & spray like a base coat over a silver/gold metallic base coat or pearl base coat

Urethane Cande

2k candy paint that you spray like clear coat over a silver/gold metallic base coat

Cande Base Coat

Reduce & spray like a base coat over a solid white/black base coat or sealer

Crazy Truth About Kandy Base Coat (KBC)

Kandy Base Coat (KBC)

When you hear the words kandy base coat, you’re thinking “Hey it’s a base coat that I can spray right over my primer/sealer.” In all actuality, it’s not. When you start to use the Formula tab of House of Kolor’s website, you see exactly what they’ve been doing. Selling you powder pearls mixed with a candy concentrate and base maker.

kbc11 apple red kandy base coat formula

House of Kolor KBC11 Apple Red Formula

Take for example KBC11 Apple Red KBC, it’s simply DP32 (dry pearl lilac), KK11 (apple red kandy koncentrate) and S2-00 (trans nebulae). Now when you look at their formula page for KBC11, you’ll see they tell you to spray it over their S2-25. That is their jet black base coat.

So why are they called kandy base coats when in reality they are just a kandy & pearl mid-coat? Well that is up to which salesman you ask. 

Make Your Own

Now that you know this information, you can create your own kandy base coat using your favorite powdered pearls, cande concentrate and intercoat clear.

The Shocking Truth About Pearl Basecoats

Pearl Basecoats

When you hear the words pearl basecoat, you’re thinking “Hey it’s a basecoat that I can spray right over my primer/sealer.” In all actuality, most of the time it’s not. When you start to use the Formula tab of House of Kolor’s website, you see exactly what they’ve been doing. Selling you powder pearls mixed with a base maker. Some others are base loaded with pearl, check the formula yourself.

pearl basecoats mix formula

Take for example PBC44 Snow White Pearl, it’s simply DP24 (dry pearl alabaster white) and S2-00 (trans nebulae). Now when you look at their formula page for PBC44, you’ll see they tell you to spray it over their S2-26. That is their bright white base coat.

So why are they called pearl basecoats when in reality they are just a pearl mid-coat?

Well that is up to which salesman you ask. Some of those PBC’s include some base coat.

Now that you know this information, you can create your own pearl basecoats using your favorite powdered pearls.

If you’d like to have one that’s ready to reduce & spray

cande shop pearl basecoat

What Happened to Outrageous Custom Finishes?

Buy Outrageous Paint by Cande Shop

6 spray outs of the outrageous paints shockwaves line

Shockwaves

2 spray outs of outrageous paint ecstasy over black base coat

Ecstasy

outrageous paint trademark details

1. Where did they go?

Outrageous Finishes was shuttered by Valspar. Some think it was the cost of the line that placed it out of the reach of many. While others believe the rising costs of materials combined with investors wanting to see bigger profits caused them to cancel production. Either way, no one is selling true Outrageous paint any longer. You can however find replicas.

2. Why did they close?

The exact truth is still a mystery. Somewhere between 2005, when the product first arrived, and 2017 (when Valspar was bought by Sherwin-Williams) Valspar shut down the line. They still own the domain name outrageousfinishes.com but it no longer works. Click & see for yourself.

6 spray outs of the outrageous paints shockwaves line

Shockwaves

2 spray outs of outrageous paint ecstasy over black base coat

Ecstasy

3. can i find them?

While you won’t be able to buy Outrageous specifically. You can still find the Shockwaves colors floating around at various custom paint stores. The Ecstasy line has been replicated as well. The other lines simply weren’t as popular, although the Designer Pearls & Flip Pearlz are easily found on any dry pearl powder website under different names.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Custom Paint FAQ

Frequently
Asked
Questions

The most commonly asked questions. If you have any question that’s not answered here. Feel free to contact us.

This depends on the temperature of the area you’re spraying in. Always use the slowest reducer/activator you can for the temperature you’re in. This will result in a much smoother finish. More information is at

This will depend on how efficient your gun is with paint as well as the effect you’re going for. We have a chart that gives you rough estimates for how much material you need.

This is entirely up to you. We will always recommend the high solids show clear, but all of our clears have ultimate UV resistance.

No! Because of the science behind fluorescent (aka neon) pigments, they are absorbing UV light in order to be that bright. Absorbing UV light = fade. This will happen within a year.

Purchase some clearcoat

high solids clear coat

High Solids

wetness 4136 medium solids clear label

Medium Solids

wetness 3140 speed clear

Speed Clear

ultimate euro 2141 euro clear coat label

Euro Clear

Clearcoat: 4 1/2 Minutes to Wet Wet Custom Paint Jobs

Who doesn’t want a custom paint job that doesn’t have to be cut & buffed?

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Too long?

  • Use the slowest reducer/activator for the temperature you’re working in.
  • Lay material on wet! Dry spray = more texture
  • Stop bragging about how many coats you sprayed, get the material thickness down & move on.

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WHICH TEMPERATURE REDUCER or ACTIVATOR SHOULD I USE?

The most common question in the paint industry is: Which temperature/speed should I use?

Reducer

The temperature/speed should correlate to the temperature of the body panel you’re painting. The temperature of your booth (or garage) will have an effect on this. If you’re spraying in high humidity, you’re going to want to go with a higher temp (slower) as it’ll allow the solvents to evaporate (flash off) better. This reduces the chance of having solvent pop. If you’re spraying smaller parts you can get away with using a lower temp (faster), but understand that it will also have an effect on the flow out (leveling) of your paint. The slower the reducer the more time the paint has to flow out, equaling a more smooth finish.

Activator

Much like reducer, the slower the activator (higher temp) the more time your clear has to flow out (self level) resulting in a much smoother (wetter) finish.