Red Candy Paint Job – 2018 Harley Davidson

In this post I’m sharing the steps and process to this Red Candy Paint Job. Paint jobs like this one don’t come easy, or cheap, but they are worth the time and money!

Steps To Red Candy Paint Job

  1. Prepare and prime as needed. Wipe down with PPG SX330 wax and grease remover, then use tack rag and wipe down good.
  2. Apply 3 coats PPG silver base-coat. D772…using Med temp reducers PPG/Omni MR186.
  3. Apply 3 coats Ruby Red Candy over the silver base. Specialist Paints Candy…using PPG/Omni MR186 med reducer.
  4. Airbrush yellow flames over red candy, then apply another coat of red candy over flames. PPG Chrome Yellow.
  5. Apply another set of yellow flames over red candy and then one coat of PPG Tangerine Orange over yellow flames.
  6. Apply yellow hot spots, then add PPG Pegan Gold over hot spots and some of the orange candy, then lightly apply orange candy to push back as needed.
  7. Apply 1 coat of PPG clear coat – MC270 w/MH277 Activator over all panels.
  8. Wait 25-30 min and apply clear coat with Gold Glowable Metal Flakes mixed into clear and move fast over all panels.
  9. Wait 25-30 min and apply 1 more coat of clear over flakes.
  10. After 12-24 hours, lightly wet sand panels with 600 grit.
  11. Dry, clean and wipe down panels and add 4 more coats of clear coat after wet sanding.
  12. Allow several days to dry at 70 degrees + before doing anything with panels.
  13. If allowing base coated and airbrushed panels to sit without clear for over 6 hours, I used PPG-DBC500 with PPG med reducer and sprayed over panel after wiping it down. This reopens the paint for good adhesion, and does not disturb the metallics in base coats.
  14. If panels are clear coated and have sat for over a few hours, then to apply more clear you have to allow minimum of 12 hours dry time and wet sand to open up surface before re-coating.
  15. My paint & clear guns are Iwata W-400. My small gun for adding candy’s is LPH50 and my Airbrushes are all Iwata Eclipses.

I make my candy colors using HOK Kandy Koncentrates and blend out with PPG-DBC500 and reduced temp range for current weather conditions. (Usually Medium MR186).

See the attached pictures below…

Red Candy Paint Job

Red Candy Paint Job

Red Candy Paint Job

Red Candy Paint Job

Red Candy Paint Job

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking your time and not rushing things will always pay off in the end. This paint job took me over 30 days from start to finish, but I didn’t rush things. There was a few days that I didn’t work on it at all because I was allowing a great deal of dry time due to extreme cold weather outdoors.

Always do your best,

-Mike Pilcher

MPE LLC

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