How To Spray Candy Apple Paint On Your Car
It has come to my attention that I have never written an article on how to spray candy apple paint on your car. I have don’t how to paint a car, but this just isn’t quite the same, so here we go. For this article we will assume that the body repair, and prep work is done already.
The car is also masked, and in the paint booth; the first thing that you need to do is to go over the car with a tack cloth. After you have tacked the car, you can clean it with a pre-paint prep cleaner. Make sure that you don’t leave any residue from the cleaner behind.
This is about where the similarities to a base coat clear coat paint job end. When you spray candy apple paint; your first coat is all that will resemble a regular base coat clear coat paint job. You will need to plan on spending about three times as long in the spray both, has a regular base coat clear coat paint job.
Now that you have the car clean, and ready to spray we’ll spray the base coat. With candy apple this is usually three coats of a gold, or silver base coat depending on the effect that you want. Make sure that you give it at least fifteen minutes between coats, I prefer thirty minutes with candy apple.
You should tack cloth the car between each coat of silver, or gold base coat that you lay down. It should never take more then three coats of base coat, all it need to do is to cover the car. You should always follow the mixing instructions provided by the pant manufacture.
If your interested I usually use House Of Color candy apple paint, to this point in time it seems to be the best that I have found. Ask your paint dealer for proper mixing instructions, and follow them to the letter for the best results.
The next step is the candy coat, this is where it can get a bit tricky; the darker you want the candy apple to be, the more coats you will need to spray. With out a doubt you should give this thirty minutes between each coat, and you don’t need to tack between coats of candy apple.
In a normal base coat clear coat paint job this would be your last step, but here it’s you second to last step. You need to pay close attention to the clock here, because if you let it go for to long; you will need to let it wait over night, and wet sand the entire car.
Some painters prefer this, they say it makes a smoother paint job; I am one of those painters that believes that to be true. If you wait and sand the car later, you will be able to sand all of the imperfections out of the paint.
If you waited, and sanded the car with 400, or 600 grit sand paper; the first thing that you should have done is to clean the car when you got in to the shop. After the car has been thoroughly cleaned, and re-masked, it can go back in the paint booth.
After it’s back in the paint booth, you should tack cloth it again; when your done with that you need to prep clean it again. Once that is done your ready to spray the clear coat on the car, I usually spray five, or six coats of high build clear, planning to cut and buff the car later.
Well there you go, that the short and skinny on candy apple paint, I hope that it helps you with your car. That is why I write these articles, if I help even one of the car nuts out there, I have done my job.
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