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Candy Apple Red Tips

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    May 2020
Candy Apple Red Tips
Posted by P3Sailor on Sunday, May 3, 2020 10:18 AM

Hello Folks,

I'm getting ready to paint a model with candy apple red. I primed the body and then put a basecoat of Spaz Stix Metallic Silver. It came out great and I plan on letting it sit for about 48 hours.

I'm going to use the Spaz Stix Candy Apple Red.  I've read that the trick to the candies is to get an even coat. I should add that I'm using an Iwats HP-CS airbrush.

Before I waste a bottle of paint......and maybe a can of Easy Off, can anybody off some advice on painting techniques?

I do appreciate any tips

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 10:37 AM

I'm not well versed in candies, but here's a couple things to consider;

- If you polish your paint, you will need to apply a clear coat and polish on that. Polishing directly on the paint may create areas of blotchy coverage.

- Any seperate panels, such as the hood, may have to be in place in order to ensure even coverage. Though I admit, that sounds like a recipe for a mess.

Hopefully someone with more experience and better information will chime in.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


  • Member since
    June 2012
Posted by jhande on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 6:12 PM

I like my Iwata HP-CS for lots of projects... sorry off track.

Candy paints are pretty much the same as translusent paint.

The best tip I can give you is to be very careful and apply a "very" thin layer. Let each layer fully dry/cure before adding another. Those types of paints doesn't take much to cause sags and runs which will puddle and cause really darker colors.

Definately spray in a dust free area such as a spray booth. A little speck of dust will result in the paint pooling around it and again cause a darker color.

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    May 2020
Posted by P3Sailor on Thursday, May 7, 2020 9:09 AM

Well, I tried to apply the paint and just made a mess of it.  I suspest I wasn't allowing enough time between coats.  On a positive note, I stripped the car with Easy Off and applied regular red and it's one of the best paint jobs I've ever done. I need to practice the cany on a donor car.


I do appreciate the comments.

  • Member since
    January 2017
Posted by 195X on Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:43 AM

Why upset yourself? Don't use a donor car. You need two things. A box of plastic spoons and a sheet of foil posterboard in gold or silver. The spoons are for practicing and checking paint hues. You can figure out right quick if you're going to like a paint by trying it out on a throw away spoon. 

Candies are the bane of many modelers, you are far from alone. Your two best allies here are confidence, and a wide spray pattern. You sprayed a regular red and it came out great, why? Because you're used to that and you aren't all up in your head about the candies reputation. 

When it comes to candies your base must be flawless. Foils and metallics do NOT like to be sanded so you have do be sure you can live with any dust or boogers in the paint. Your candy red should be thinned just like any other paint with a compatible thinner agent. Use your poster board to practice on. Distance from subject, spray pattern, speed of your pass, are all factors like any other paint job but true automotive candies have a habit of not wanting to blend, like a standard paint. Thus the age old issue of an even coat. You'll find most hobby paints much less finicky in this area although I have yet to try Spaz-Stix. 

For even coverage, yes all parts should be sprayed at once. If you have that kind of eye, painting them all at once but as separate parts can be done and get an even finish but, you have to have that "eye" for it. Most will recommend taping the hood in place from underneath and any other panels and spraying them as a unit. This is the best method for an even coat. Just be certain your masks are tight.

The main thing is, don't let a paint get in your head. It's only real drawback is being finicky when you overlap your passes. No matter what you do, it will look funky at the overlap until it starts to cure so, don't jump the gun and try to hit another coat right away. This is a mistake I made my first few times.

Drying time and re-coats, should be done to manufacturers specs. Many quick dry paints say re-coat within 2 hrs. or after 48, something like that. I have no idea how Spaz is set up. However, I typically divide that time and do any second/third coats within an hour, unless it's a paint that can be re-coated any time.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    March 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Friday, May 8, 2020 10:10 AM

Candy colors can be tricky, and while I don't use any spoons to practice on as I just "shoot from the hip" and it usually turns out well. The main thing in my opinion is to go EASY on the candy color otherwise you'll be disappointed. Use light coats and wait 20 minutes in between coats. DO NOT use too many coats or you will LOSE the "candy effect" as I've seen someone do and istead of candy red, he had a maroon paint job. You CAN do it.Pic.........................................


High octane

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    September 2011
Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Sunday, May 10, 2020 2:04 AM

Alclad produce a nice set of candies that are ready mixed to airbrush consistency and straight forward to use out of the jar.


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