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Old 08-29-2008, 12:27 AM   #1
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Ok, so I've been going back and forth on this decision and have finally decided to go ahead and chop the 80 & make it a convertible, and naturally re-paint it in the process. What I can't make up my mind on though is what paint I want to do. I've owned 3 C3's (68/81/80) still own two (68/80), and all have been red with black interior. Since the 80 is now a 550 HP beast, it's time for something different.

I'm leaning towards candy black cherry. Candy paints are hard to see in photos, but if you've seen one up close you know the look. I haven't seen this color on a vette before, but here's a porsche done with it. Think this would look good on a C3 with fiberglass bumpers?

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Ok, so I've been going back and forth on this decision and have finally decided to go ahead and chop the 80 & make it a convertible, and naturally re-paint it in the process. What I can't make up my mind on though is what paint I want to do. I've owned 3 C3's (68/81/80) still own two (68/80), and all have been red with black interior. Since the 80 is now a 550 HP beast, it's time for something different.

I'm leaning towards candy black cherry. Candy paints are hard to see in photos, but if you've seen one up close you know the look. I haven't seen this color on a vette before, but here's a porsche done with it. Think this would look good on a C3 with fiberglass bumpers?

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Had candy apple on a car and it looked great but touchup was a bitch.
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Candy's are great especially in the dark Burgundy's. House of Kolors has some of the best Candy's available
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I agree with you that you can't beat a candy color especially in the sunlight. I went with a candy green and have had nothing but positive comments about it. It's certainly one of a kind. Keep in mind, if ever get a scratch or chip in the paint it can't be touched up. Since candy uses silver or sometimes gold bases it's almost always impossible to match. Good Luck

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Candy colors look awesome under sunlight and artificial light, they are translucent so show the base color, gold, silver platinum flake, pearl for a really wild effect, you could use one of the "chrome" paint systems available now and use that as your base, then candy over that very very cool effect, but no way of repairing it if scratched/chipped/damaged. Candy paints jobs also offer a large amount of customisation oppotunities, for example, say you want to do a Baldwin Motion stripe on the car aswell, you could paint your silver basecoat (the bigger the flake the more the sparkle, but the bigger the flake more paint required to bury it) You could then do the the stripe in a darker silver, gold, any contrasting color and then apply your candy, giving you a subtle stripe that will "come out" more in the sun.
Things to remember with candy is that expext to pay more for your materials, not only because the materials cost more, but you need more of it, it can be a 6 or 7 layer (epoxy, primer, base, flake, clear, candy, clear) HOK is probably the most famous candy color provider, but check out some others like Alsa or Xotics.
Also applying candy (especially darker ones) is somethng that takes practice, so find a paint shop that has done it before and check out some of their other work.

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Old 08-29-2008, 10:14 AM   #6
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how bout a nice wineberry candy?
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Old 08-29-2008, 12:44 PM   #7
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Very nice!
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Old 08-29-2008, 01:52 PM   #8
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Candy paint looks fantastic but as mentioned by others is virtually impossible to repair. Check out PPG's assortment. I saw a job done by a local body shop that from first glance thought it was candy. He explained to me that it was PPG 2 stage. What he did was the base and then the clear, wet sanded and then floated on another clear coat, maybe 2 don't remember for sure. Look into it, it gives a real deep effect and is repairable.
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:36 PM   #9
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I think it would look great, I love the candy color.
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:45 PM   #10
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i love house of kolor candy paints, I have some Burple over gold if anyone wants to try. I will sell for $250. Its enough to do 1/2 a car. Anyway the candy shine is the best period. IMO
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Old 08-30-2008, 10:00 AM   #11
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I saw a mid year Vert at a local show with a beautiful candy red paint job that was done by the owner. He said he used a custom mix BC/CC that was color matched off a real multi stage candy red paint job. This car looked AMAZING without needing the multiple base coat colors. His color coats were all in one with a clear coat over the top. It was REAL nice without all the hassles. I would have sweared it was the real thing.

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Old 08-30-2008, 01:58 PM   #12
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can always go pearl too ........might save you a few bucks

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any other good kandys out there?
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:47 PM   #14
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Traditional old school candy color lacquers had to be waxed weekly and kept out of sunlight as much as possible.

House of Kolor introduced enamel candies, which hold up better.

Personally I think the factory paints on Cadillac, Lexus, etc. are deep and shiny enough, and much easier to repair. That's what I'd go with.
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Candy black cherry with black accents on the car. Awsome!
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:46 AM   #16
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I like the choices of Candies, however you are all correct, repair on scratches are near impossible, and very expensive.

If you want something different, go with a darker base, like an almost black (cherry), and a silvery clear coat. Might give you the same results.

In either case, my uncle is in Ohio, and he does some of the most perfect paint jobs, ive ever seen, in hot rods. hes near cincinatti, and does this stuff (mostly for family) in his retirement. He spends months making it perfect and unique.

Whatever you choose, Im sure it will be great ! Good luck !!
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Candy paint looks fantastic but as mentioned by others is virtually impossible to repair. Check out PPG's assortment. I saw a job done by a local body shop that from first glance thought it was candy. He explained to me that it was PPG 2 stage. What he did was the base and then the clear, wet sanded and then floated on another clear coat, maybe 2 don't remember for sure. Look into it, it gives a real deep effect and is repairable.
Take a look at some of the OEM 2 stage paints on the new cars and then imagine that job color sanded and buffed to perfection
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Heres my 64 in a "True" Candy Apple Red

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Take a look at the Crystal Red Metallic on the 08/09 Corvettes. I'm toying with the idea of repainting mine in that color.
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Heres my 64 in a "True" Candy Apple Red

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ooh man yer 64 is SAweeeet! awesome paint to go w/that body, i love it
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