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REAL black cherry.....hows it done?

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REAL black cherry.....hows it done?
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 5, 2007 6:11 PM
We all know how to do candy apple red..... candy over silver if ya want it bright.... candy over gold for a deeper red.....

What I'm after is a deep dark (almost black with a hint of candy red) black cherry finish.

Hows it honest to God truely done? Two out of three tell me DONT spray the candy over black... it'll sink in and be a waste of time.

Thanks in advance..
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 5, 2007 6:34 PM
Why not just buy Black Cherry Paint? you can get this all ready to spray.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 5, 2007 6:51 PM
Spray the cherry over black. or if you like ,, metallic black. You'll be able to see it in sunlight and regular light with the metallic.

Trick is you pretty well have to use a LOT of coats.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 5, 2007 6:55 PM
So I was right, and transparent candy red over black is the way to go, if I wanted to do it the old school way?
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Posted by egore32348 on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 1:51 AM
House of Kolor "Brandywine" Kandy over a "Black-Pearl" base should come close to what you're looking for. The pearl will add the sparkle without hazing the kandy. But check out "Paint Freak's" suggestion, if that isn't what you want, this will give you another option. Keep us posted on the results.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 2:22 PM
Yeagh paint freak is right. Black cherry is a ctual name for a color. I have abount a pint of this stuff left at my place (used to be in body shop bis) it looks really cool when applied. The kandy over black can be done but its not gonna give you the results you want if you are looking for "Black cherry"

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Posted by MikeMc on Saturday, March 10, 2007 9:37 AM
it all starts with the correct PRIMER BASE

HANG UP AND DRIVE........ Mike

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 10, 2007 11:34 AM
To gove you an idea of what I meant, here's a couple pics of my '61 Lincoln.. Paint is HOC Kandy Brandywine, which is a transparent red. it's over a dark metallic grey. The first shot is outside on a cloudy day and the second one is with the sun shining on it.

Here's the same colour over a silver base in the sun so you can see what a difference the base makes under a candy paint..
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 12, 2007 4:05 PM
In the old days we used to get black cherry by spraying pearl over black then candy red over that. That way it looks very dark/black until you get the light right then you see the red because the pearl shines thru the candy color. I like it best with a gold to copper pearl.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 8:24 PM
use a dark grey metalic and burgandy candy over that or a darker silver
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Posted by plydude55 on Thursday, January 9, 2020 9:52 PM

I believe you can still get Black Cherry from a paint supply store. It was used on Cadillacs, I believe or maybe Corvettes in the 80s or 90s. It is a cool color.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:42 AM

I see this was originally posted 13 years ago, but maybe some answers now could help some people here now.

I've seen a lot of shades and depths of "Black Cherry" paint.

It depends a lot on the manufacturer or the person mixing a custom color for you at a paint shop.

I have mixed my own paints for years, so it also depends on what you are looking for from something you may have seen before.

Good luck on your choice Thumbs Up








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Posted by 60Buick on Sunday, January 12, 2020 6:48 AM

Plydude55 and Treehugger Dave are correct in what they have noted.

The big 3 automakers all had "Black Cherry". As Dave mentioned, variations for sure. Plydude mentioned possibly Corvettes in the '80s. Their color was Dark Claret and yes, you can get these at an automotive paint store. 

I purchased a 1:1 '68 Olds convertible a few years back and had it painted Black Cherry (sold it 2 years ago).

If you want to use automotive paints for your models, on the internet This will give you the color codes to take to the paint store.

I was not on the forum when this originated. Hope it helps.


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