Candies and overlap


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Ive never sprayed a candy but im planning try a few new things after i finish this current project. Ive always sprayed all my products at 50% overlap with fluid setting at wide open. Air preasure varying some depending on product. Ive been able to acheive good finishes like this. For metallics, any blotchiess is addresses with an orientation coat.
So my question relates to overlap. I know candies generally are applied at 75% overlap. My question is how do i transition to 75% overlap without flooding on too much material. My guess is to either speed up or turn the fluid down and stay at my current speed. I dont want to have to speed up, so I assume if i turn my fluid down and overlap at 75% ill be able to cover uniformly without drowning the panel and running the base?
I hope you can understand my question. Im not the best at explaining sometimes and I can become wordy. Thank you.


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You have the right idea. Turning the material knob out 2-2.5 turns from closed would be a good starting spot. A test panel should be considered a necessity to nail down a technique before doing the real thing. Candy jobs that have stripes or blotchiness are caused from not enough overlap or uneven application, and once you get them, the only fix is to start over with the base color.


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I recently took a stab and a candy paint experiment. 2 fenders and a mailbox. Threw some flakes and graphics in there for fun. Total rookie attempt. What i learned is the kandy sprays very wet like clear but i didnt run it. Even passes with more overlap. I basically treated it like the silver basecoat before it. It turned out ok and now we have some wall art. . The urekem kit was about 90 dollars. And was able to get 2 fenders and a mailbox out of it. 3 coats each. Next project will be the shop fridge


Trying to be the best me, I can be
Some keys to a successful candy job especially on a vehicle are like Texas said, but it's worth repeating. Correct gun adjustment, discipline with your passes. Spray in straight lines. Don't follow body lines or curves. Mentally draw lines in your head and follow those lines. Walk the entire side. Never panel paint or you'll end up with darker areas at each stop and start point. You have to be disciplined walking and spraying in straight lines. And overlap. Around 75% is what you want. Getting proper overlap is easier the straighter your passes are. Keep the gun head always parallel with the panel. Don't let it tilt one way or the other especially when reaching for the middle of a panel like a roof. True Candys that have a gold or silver base are the hardest to spray because of what I outlined. You have to be perfect with your passes. The bigger the object the harder it is. There are other tips like diluting your candy to make it easier to not blotch it (spray more coats) but I won't go into that now.:)
Jim C is the Candyman:) around here, he's sprayed a lot of it. He could probably give you some additional tips as well.

Jim C

best tip i can give is to use a base color that is just a couple few shades lighter than the final candy color you want. this way you can end up with the same color but use coats that have much less candy dye in them. many times i will take silver base and mix candy concentrate into it to make my base color. candy red for instance would start with a magenta color.