Candy Paint Colors and Kandy Paint

Candy paint colors, sometimes called Kandy paint as well, are highly sought after by car and motorcycle enthusiasts due to their unique look. This special class of automotive colors have been used by custom painters for more than 60 years to make vehicles stand out from the typical automotive finish and are still quite popular today for this reason. This page has more detailed information on candy paints and features photo galleries of our candy colors. If you are not famliar with the look of candy paints see the gallery below. Shown in the gallery are our most popular candy colors in both 2K Urethane and Candy Basecoat Colors. The Candy Basecoats are shown over black and white whereas the urethane candy colors are shown over stellar silver. Scroll down to learn more about candy paints.

Candy Graphic Series (KGC Series)

Vexing Violet Candy Graphic Color
Vexing Violet Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Vexing Violet Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Car Paint Kit

Black Candy Graphic Color
Black Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Black Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Car Paint Kit

Copper Candy Graphic Color
Copper Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Copper Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Car Paint Kit

Wine Red Candy Graphic Color
Wine Red Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Wine Red Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Auto Paint Kit

Hot Pink Candy Graphic Color
Hot Pink Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Hot Pink Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Auto Paint Kit

Fire Red Candy Graphic Color
Fire Red Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Fire Red Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Auto Paint Kit

Apple Red Candy Graphic Color
Apple Red Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Apple Red Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Car Paint Kit

Tangerine Candy Graphic Color
Tangerine Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Tangerine Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Auto Paint Kit

Electric Purple Candy Graphic Color
Electric Purple Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Electric Purple Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Auto Paint Kit

Cobalt Blue Candy Graphic Color
Cobalt Blue Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Cobalt Blue Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Auto Paint Kit

Teal Candy Graphic Color
Teal Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Teal Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Auto Paint Kit

Emerald Green Candy Graphic Color
Emerald Green Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Emerald Green Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Car Paint Kit

Sunset Gold Candy Graphic
Sunset Gold Candy Graphic

UreChem Sunset Gold Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Auto Paint Kit

Lemon Drop Candy Graphic Color
Lemon Drop Candy Graphic Color

UreChem Lemon Drop Candy Graphic Color Base Clear Auto Paint Kit

2K Urethane (EKU Series), Candy Base (EKB Series), and Candy Concentrates (EKK)

EyeKandy Black Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Black Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Black Candy Concentrate

EyeKandy Electric Purple Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Electric Purple Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Electric Purple Candy Concentrate

EyeKandy Wine Red Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Wine Red Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Wine Red Candy Concentrate

EyeKandy Apple Red Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Apple Red Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Apple Red Candy Concentrate

EyeKandy Fire Red Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Fire Red Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Fire Red Candy Concentrate

EyeKandy Copper Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Copper Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Copper Candy Concentrate

EyeKandy Tangerine Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Tangerine Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Tangerine Candy Concentrate

EyeKandy Cobalt Blue Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Cobalt Blue Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Cobalt Blue Candy Concentrate

EyeKandy Asiatic Blue Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Asiatic Blue Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Asiatic Blue Candy Concentrate

EyeKandy Emerald Green Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Emerald Green Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Emerald Green Candy Concentrate

EyeKandy Sunset Gold Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Sunset Gold Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Sunset Gold Candy Concentrate

EyeKandy Lemon Drop Candy Concentrate
EyeKandy Lemon Drop Candy Concentrate

UreChem EyeKandy Lemon Drop Candy Concentrate

How Candy Paint Works

Candy colors work in conjunction with reflective basecoats, usually metallic, and clearcoat to create a finish system that exhibits a deep, colored sparkle that is not attainable with typical automotive paints. As such, these colors are said to be a “three stage” or “tricoat” system.

The system works as long as the candy layer is transparent. Therefore, special proprietary coloring agents must be used to give a highly transparent finish. Part of the appeal of this type of color is the opportunity to create unique variations of the colors by using different base colors. Since the base color contributes highly to the final color, changing the base color can dramatically, or subtly change the color of the final finish. Furthermore, the number of layers or coats required to achieve the final color often results in a very deep and wet looking final finish. In fact, in many circles kandy paint is known for the “wet look” as much or more than the uniqueness of the color itself.

The kandy color look is truly unique but does come with some drawbacks. Unfortunately, the special coloring agents used to give a true candy look do not withstand attach from the sun’s U.V. rays for long periods of time. Depending on the level of outdoor exposure candy paints can last anywhere from one to 5 years and in some cases more before the candy layer begins to fade to a washed out look. It’s impossible to predict with a lot of certainly exactly how long a kandy paint job might last. One of the most critical factors influencing the longevity of these finishes is the quality of the clearcoat. Clears must have a quality blend of U.V. screeners and durable resins to help reduce the level of UV exposure on the candy layer. All our UreChem clears are fortified with a synergistic blend of UV reducing additives. The other downside of candy paints is that they are a bit more challenging to apply evenly than typical automotive finishes, however, professional custom painters typically master the techniques relatively quickly.

Types of Candy Paint

There are actually different types of candy paint, each with its own optimal area of use. The 4 types currently on the market in terms of popularity include;

Catalyzed Urethane Candy
Pearl Modified Candy Base Coat
Candy Concentrates
Candy Base Coat


Catalyzed Urethane Candy's have been available for decades and account for the largest category of candy paints. These finishes require an activator and contain urethane resins that have a great durability to environmental attack. They look glossy when applied but still require a clear for best durability. Candy base coat is a true base coat form of candy. This variety is a popular choice for graphics due to the faster dry and ease of taping as compared to the catalyzed urethane candy. Pearl modified candy base coat is candy base coat with a special pearl added to each color which gives a sparkle effect and reduces transparency to a small degree. The advantage of this type is that it is easier to spray evenly than urethane candy and the base color underneath is less critical to the final color. Pearl modified candy base has become a popular product to many custom painters and air brush artists.

Candy concentrates are concentrated forms of the special coloring agents that make candy paints possible. These are a nice tool to the professional custom painter to customize finishes for varying customer taste. Candy concentrates are best used to add depth and richness to existing basecoat colors. By combining candy concentrates with pearl and metallic base coat colors rich candy like colors can be create that are as unique as the person that created them. While some many people use candy concentrates in conjunction with 2K clears and intercoat clears to make pure candy colors, this approach does not provide optimal durability and stability. Using a properly stabilized candy formula as Pre-packaged candy colors typically are give a product that lasts longer both in the can and on your car. At this time, UreChem is the only provider of all 4 types from the factory and we have them in the store for an incredible price.

Colors

The final color and look in general is what drives vehicle owners to custom paint their vehicle or is a critical buying factor in purchasing a vehicle. Candy colors offer a unique look that helps sell a vehicle of makes a vehicle stand out according to the owner’s personal vision. When you consider the fact that the base color can be varied to provide varying candy final colors, there are literally thousands of colors possible with candy finishes. Nevertheless, if you focus on the candy layer itself, the common options include wine red, apple red, cobalt blue and other blues, tangerine, green, purple, golds, coppers/browns, pink, and teal.

In addition to varying the base coat color the amount of candy applied over the base coat can also greatly effect the final color. Applying more candy over the base will reduce the effect of the base itself. In mot cases the results in the final color being darker the more candy that is applied over it. However, in some cases such as applying a light gold candy over a dark green base, the color will lighten as more coats are applied. This is the rare exception. Most get darker as more coats are applied.