Originally Posted by SmasherBasher
If you're going to get into candy coloring, you're just as well off to powder coat.
Well, this all started when I bought a box of plastic car model stuff from a resale shop. It had several rattle cans in it, including a brand new Testors Gloss Black, and a brand new Model Master transparent candy purple. So the general idea was based around model cars, but I was thinking it would look pretty sweet on my Storm Scout to have a gloss black with a slight purple iridescence.
Originally Posted by ELEKTRIK_BLUE
candy is basically just a high gloss clear coat with a tint to it to bring out a base coat. so unless you are doing a bright metallic base coat no you will not see the candy it will basically come out to a super high gloss mirror reflective black.
btw its just called a candy coat its already translucent. and after the base coat you would lay the candy coat and then a clear coat. in order to make a candy look super good you need to do 3 light coats of each and sand them with the finest sand paper you can get a hold of. in all honesty i would let a professional painter shoot it if you really want to do this. it would take a few days of work to get it close and even then it may not be perfect. ive done them on motorcycle gas tanks myself and they never come out as good as if a pro did it.
if you want a gloss black mirror finish i would go with house of color jet black and the kosmik show klear and for a primer i would use KUSTOM DTS FOUNDATION SURFACER/SEALER - NEUTRAL GRAY (its in caps cuz thats the exact name on the order form haha couldn't remember it)
you will need a spray gun and air compressor for this.
if you decide to go the cheaper way and use rattle cans from home depot i would pick up either a rustoleum or valspaar neutral grey sandable primer (do the light coats then sand then apply 3 more light coats and sand) let it cure for 2 hrs or stick it onfront of a heater for an hr. then use a high gloss black ( 2 light coats, sand, 2 light coats sand then do 3 light light coats and sand) then you will need some sort of high quality clear coat and or sealer unless you can find one that has both and just do 2 coats and sand and keep applying coats untill you get the shine you desire.
sorry for the long drawn out post just wanted to provide the best information from my experiences with high gloss and candy paints. i hope this helps you out.
No problem about the long post, lots of valuable info in there! Thanks!
Next question would be, how could I get the look I want without having it professionally sprayed? Like I said above, I would like a gloss black, with a purple iridescence. So it shows purple when the light hits it a certain way.