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  • Decorate your lid! Custom Painted Motorcycle Helmet

    Recently the trend for fully customized motorcycle helmets has picked up again and we've even begun to see custom helmet "shows" where artists, owners, and painters can show off their helmet. We decided to brew up our own custom helmet using a vintage helmet and show the process along the way. Mike L. is our resident paint tech guy and he did the work to transform this helmet.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Candy Coat Paint FAQ

    What exactly is candy paint? Candy paint, or sometimes Kandy paint, is a clear paint with translucent pigments in it. It is typically applied over a metallic base coat and allows the metal flakes to be seen through the tinted candy color layer. One of the trickiest things about candy colors is that the thicker the paint is put on the darker the color will get, so if you are all inconsistent with the application the color can appear streaked, or spotted.

    How much candy paint do I need for one car? Typically 1 gallon of candy paint and 1 gallon of metallic base coat are enough for the average size car. If you are painting the engine compartment, trunk and door jambs you may need to order more paint. A coat of non-candy tinted clear should be applied as well.

    What's the difference between candy paint and regular paints? Regular paints for the most part are opaque, meaning you can’t see through them, whereas candy paints are translucent. Regular paints get their color with solids in a solvent base. Candy colors have a clear base with just a little colored tint in it; they allow the base coat color or metalflake they are applied over to still be seen.

    What's the best ratio for mixing Candy paint colors? Eastwood Candeez should be mixed 4 part Candeez paint to 1 part 21854Z activator.

    How long does it take Candy paints to dry? Eastwood Candeez can be recoated after a 15-20 minute flash dry. If more than 18 hours have passed, paint should be sanded with 800 grit to promote adhesion before applying another coat, or the final clear is sprayed.

    What are some good custom color ideas when using Candy paint? Candy paints open the doors to all sorts of advanced custom finishes: Ghost flames, Chameleon color changing finishes, Fades, etc. Even if you aren’t looking to get tricky, candy red, green, or blue over a metallic silver base will give you the kind of mile deep look that is the difference between a street car and a show car.

    How much does it cost to Candy paint a car? Candy paint jobs are more expensive because they are more difficult to do. There are typically more coats of paint to be sprayed, and more products to buy. Candy paint cannot be applied in a single stage. There is always at least a base coat over the primer, then the candy and a clear coat over that. Typical costs are about $400 for base and candy paint and activators, plus $100-150 for your clear coat and activator, if you are doing it yourself. To have a professional do it you can pay from $2500 up to $10,000 depending on how complicated the paint job is.

    What's the best spray gun to use when applying Candy paint? To apply Eastwood Candeez use a HVLP gun with a 1.2-1.4mm tip, or a conventional gun with a 1.4-1.6mm tip. More important that what gun you use however is having it set up correctly to get a consistent spay pattern. Then it all comes down to keeping an even distance and speed as you spray so as not to end up with streaks or spots where the tint is darker.

    How many coats of Candy paint provide the best results? Once you have the base coat apply at least 5 thin coats of candy color, more if you want a darker, less translucent look. Then apply a final clear coat over that.

    Which primer should I use for Candy paints? With Eastwood Candeez the preferred primer is the 2k Urethane for best intercoat adhesion. The base coat goes between the candy and the primer so color is not much of a concern.

    What's the best way to clean and maintain candy paint? Candy paint in the past has not been stable if left under the UV rays of the sun for too long. Modern clear coats are much more UV resistant, but candy tints can still fade with time and UV exposure more than other non-candy paints. If you want the special color and look of it to last a long time, it is still best to park it indoors, or cover the car when it is in the sun. No other special steps need to be taken though, you can wash and wax it the same as you would any other modern base coat/clear coat paint job.

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  • Bay One Customs Chevy Cameo Concept Custom Truck Debuts at SEMA 2013

    It's no doubt SEMA 2013 was the biggest automotive trade show in the world to date. We look forward to the show each year, but unfortunately the task of going through all of the pictures, video, and content we capture at the event each year is time consuming. This year our most anticipated show vehicles was one we've been covering the build on for the past year. It's TC Penick and Bay One Customs' 1958 Chevy Cameo Concept Custom Truck.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Bay One Customs Cameo SEMA Truck Build : Reassembly and Shiny Things!

    TC and his team at Bay One Customs have been very busy since we last checked in with them. With only 8 weeks to go until the big debut at SEMA 2013, they really need to hustle to finish the truck. They don't plan to fake it like a lot of the cars at the show, this sucker needs to run, drive, AND look good!

    After laying down the special Eastwood Candy Red paint (coming to eastwood.com soon!) on the body panels, TC was nice enough to give us a quick tutorial on how he achieves that DEEP, WET finish on his candy paint jobs. We still can't believe how killer that color looks!

    With the panels all shiny and ready to go together, the team "married" the cab and the chassis and started hooking up the essentials to make this pile of shiny metal a running, driving truck. This includes, exhaust, wiring and electrical, HVAC system, and much more! Oh... and a LOT of shiny chrome bits (what do you expect it IS a SEMA show vehicle!). TC gives us a quick rundown below.

    Bay One has been using a LOT of Eastwood products along the way. TC is a big fan of our stuff, so much so, he likes to share tips and tricks he uses to achieve such amazing results. In the video below TC shows a trick for getting a smooth, satin, UV resistant finish on the wood for the bed of the truck. He also covers applying the candy red to the cab and bed and shows you them mated to the chassis. The vision is really starting to become a reality and everyone involved is extremely excited!

    In the most recent update from TC we're finally able to see the body fully assembled and nearly complete. The back end of this truck is also revealed. TC has an immense amount of time into the bed and tailgate alone to make it true to the original concept design. He pulled parts and cues from a number of Chevy products from this era and we think it probably came out better than if Chevy had done it themselves! Lastly he gives us a sneak peak at his custom license plate bracket modifications. This makes your "hideaway" plate look like child's play!

    Stay tuned, we'll keep feeding you updates as TC works on the truck. We hope to have a full video feature on the truck at SEMA 2013!

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