How To #8 — How – To do a tri-stage candy type paint

Attitude Custom Painting – How-To
The steps involved in doing a 2-tone candy paint job

This was done using 2 different metallic colors and a solid color, all under the same candy color.

This should give you an excellent idea of how a tri-stage candy works. You can apply this process to any candy graphic or flame job you would like, including the step about the 'pinstriped outline'.

Be sure and do a test panel before matching or even spraying any candy colors just to make sure you will get the effect you want.

I spend a good 1/2 hour adjusting the metallic basecoat under the candy just to make sure that I got the candy shade I wanted which of course, was to match the rest of the bike's candy color. Since this was a two tone, I had to do test panels on both the metallic colors before shooting the candy.

First step of course, would be to prep the complete body. Once you have it completely prepped and ready for paint, blow off the body and mask it up


Once you have the body inside the booth, do the normal routing. Blow it off, wipe it down with cleaner, blow it off again, then tack rag it.

Spray your sealer. Once you spray the sealer, then you want to spray your metallic base coat that will go under the candy. Here you can see a color I just made up.

I did a test panel beforehand just to make sure that the combination of the base metallic and the candy would come out like the rest of the bike


2 Responses

  1. ACP says:

    If I understand you

    If I understand you correctly, you can use any color of black as the base to do your fade over.

  2. harley0763 harley0763 says:

    harley vivid black

    would any base black work ok for a base with a 5 and 3 color fade of red wine crystal pearl,gold gost over top i streached my saddle bags and fender need to color them black any help thanks