Candy Paint – Custom Candy, Tri Coat, Pearl Paint Tips – Auto Paint Q&A

Candy Paint – Custom Candy, Tri Coat, Pearl Paint Tips – Auto Paint Q&A


-Hello, this is Donnie Smith. And welcome back to another DIY
auto body and paint Q&A. Today, we’re going to talk about custom
paint, tri-coats, candies, pearls, and things like that. But first, I want to mention
our sponsor, collisionblast.com. Go check out their website. You can subscribe for free. OK. We’ve got a lot of questions
about tri-coats, in particular, candies. And I want to explain
what a tri-coat is and that’ll help answer a lot of
the questions that I’m getting. A tri-coat– “tri”
meaning “three”– basically means three different
layers or three different steps. For example, a two stage–
that’s a base coat, clear coat– you have your
base coat– that’s your color, your pigment, you what
gives the car the color– and then you have
your clear coat. That’s what you put on top
for you to protect for UV, and it gives it the shine. So that’s a two stage. Now, a tri-coat or
three stage, basically just adds one step to that. In between the base coat and the
clear coat, you have a midcoat. And the midcoat,
that could be candy, which is a translucent color. It could be a tinted clear. And basically, that
is a candy, it’s just– we have a lot
of colors from OEM that are tinted clears and
OEM calls them tinted clears. Custom paint calls them candies. Basically, they’re
the same thing. It’s a tinted– it’s
a translucent color. It’s basically a base that
has no pigment– a base that has no color. And it’s tinted, with just
a little bit of red, blue, whatever candy color it is. And then you could put your
clear coat on top of that. Midcoat can also
consist of pearls. A lot of times, a
lot of colors have– you’ll have your base
coat and then your midcoat will have pearls it. That gives it that pearl look. Now there’s a lot of colors
that have pearls mixed in with the paint and
it’s not a tri-stage. It’s just mixed in with the
paint and then clear coated. That also gives
it a pearl effect. But a lot of those
real pretty colors that they come out with that
has that real, deep look, it’s probably going
to be a tri-coat. It gives it some
pretty cool effects. Just wanted to explain
that real fast. Now I want to give you a
demonstration of how this works and help you better
understand that. So we’re going to pretend like
this is our paint right here. We’ve got a panel that
we’re going to be painting. And candies or any
type of midcoat, whether it’s candy or pearl,
has to have a base coat because they’re translucent. They will never cover
without a base coat. So our first stage is
going to be our base coat. For this example,
we’re using white. And we’re going to shoot it
with a candy blue, for example. That’s what we’re
going to imagine. So we’re going to say
this is our candy blue. See it’s not fully– you
can still see through it, so this is much like a candy. Now candy’s probably–
one coat is not going to be quite that dark,
but this is just for an example. So if we put a– this is
white and this is blue and we spray it blue– now,
if it was all just this color, what color would you see? -Blue. -Blue. It looks just like
it’s a blue to us, even though, really, we can
see through and see the white. And that’s how they can do some
of the pretty cool effects. Like if this was
a metallic, you’d be able to see the
metallic under this– underneath the blue. And that’s what gives
it some of the depth. But if I take
another coat– let’s say I’m spraying another coat–
I mean, if you look here, how many colors do I have? -Two -There are just two colors. This is the tinted clear or
the candy or pearl or whatever. But if I put another coat on,
now how many shades are there? -Two. -Huh? -Two. -There’s two different
shades, plus the white, right? So you actually see three
different colors, now. Now if I take another
coat– so there’s two of these plus
this one, which would make three
different coats of candy– and we spray it
with another coat. We’d have our base
coat– we’d have one coat here, two coats,
and three coats. How many shades does that make? -Four. -Four, including the base coat. So we’ve got our
base and we’ve got one coat, two coats– two
coats and three coats. So even though it’s just
one base coat, which is white– one
color of candy– it makes a lot of different shades. So you can never hide
what’s underneath when you’re spraying candies. That’s why, if you’re spraying a
candy or a midcoat of any sort, you have to have
a base coat– it has to be applied
on some base coat. And if you’re doing this
to match an OEM when you look the coat
up, it’ll tell you what base coat it’s asking for. Or if you buy paint,
like from House of Kolor, they will have the
combinations there for what base coat would
look good with this candy and so forth. But here’s something
that you need to know. And this is if you’re
trying to match something, which is very important. You need to get you a test
panel like this one, or just a little metal panel
that you’ll be spraying. And let’s say we have a car
here that we’re trying to match. Well, how do we know many mils? I mean, is that going to match? One coat? Is that going to match? So we’re not sure. So what we want to do
is get a test panel. This is going to
be let-down panel. And we want to
spray our base coat. We want to spray our base coat,
just like we normally would, until hiding. Two, three coats– whatever the
paint manufacture recommends. So we’re going to
spray our base coat. What we’ll do is we’ll go
ahead and put some making tape, here– some
strips of masking tape– and then we’re going to
spray a coat of our candy. Then we’re going to peel
one of those masking tapes and we’re going to
spray another coat. Then we’re going to peel
another layer of your inch and a half or two
inch masking tape and we’re going to
put another coat. And you might do this
three or four times. And what you’re going to
end up with is a panel that has one coat, it has two coats,
and three coats, even four coats and five coats. And it’s all going to
be different shades. They’re all going to
be different colors. And then you take this
let-down panel– then you ahead and clear coat
it like you normally would. And it’s also
important to spray this just like you’re going
to spray the car. Don’t spray this real heavy
or real light and spray the car differently, or it’s
not going to be the same effect. So you’ve got to spray these
just with the same spraying techniques that you’re
going to spray the car with. Then you take this
let-down panel and you take it to the car and
see which one matches best. The one coat, two coats,
three coats, and so on. Which one matches best? Then whenever you’re painting
the car, that’s what you do. You put whichever one
matched the best, when you’re spraying the car. For example, white with
two coats of blue candy was what matched the
best when we did this, so we’re going to spray the car. We’re going to put
our base coat down, and then two coats of candy. So anyway, that’s
just a little tip whatever you’re trying
to match something. OK. Now we’re going to wrap this up. And I’m going to give
you a little secret that you can use
when using candies. So basically, a tri-coat,
you’ve got your base coat, you’ve got your midcoat– which
can be candy, tinted clear, pearl– and then you
have your clear coat. So that’s kind of an example
of a tri-coat right there. Base coat, is just your base
coat with a clear coat on top. OK. Here’s a little tip for
you you’re using candies. Knowing that candy
colors are translucent, you can do some
pretty cool things. For example, our
base coat– if we want to do some graphic–
like some flames or some sort of
graphics on there– and knowing that’s translucent,
and we put our candies on top of that, you’re going to be
able to see through and see that different color. And that makes some pretty
cool ghost-effect flames or a lot of different things. Air brushers do a
lot of candy work. They’ll spray something, put
candy on top of everything, and it creates a
really cool effect. So that sets up something
for you to experiment with. That pretty well
wraps up this video. If you have any other questions,
be sure and let me know. And I also would
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13 Replies to “Candy Paint – Custom Candy, Tri Coat, Pearl Paint Tips – Auto Paint Q&A”

  1. I agree, let down panels take a lot of extra time. If it is necessary to do a letdown panel, you should be paid for it. If you have to go to the ER they sure don't let anything slide….every aspirin and the smallest procedures are billed out! So I agree, if you do it you should be paid for it.

  2. Thanks 265chevy. I am working on getting the mumble working. I've been pretty busy, but plan to try to get on soon.

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