I have done many full on 1:1 Kandies (I like Hoks nomemclature for Candy) and some models when I was kid with rattles. If you go with rattles that's up to you!!! I'm sure many get good results with them but I wouldn't go down that road if you want jaw dropping results. I guess the first question I would have to you is do you own a airbrush or small touch up type spray gun?
One of the first things you need to know about Kandies is that it's formula is clear and toner (color) nothing more nothing less.
My approach on a model would be the same as 1:1
Lay down your base coat, Silver, Gold, Pearl Black, Pearl White and this is one that I rarely share Copper!!! Any color can be used as a base the most traditional are Silver and Gold.
Larry Watson and Dean Jefferies ( west coast painters) were known for their deep rich Kadie Apple Red paint work, No one could figure out how they were doing it, their secret was in the copper base coat, it gives kandies a warmth and depth like no other base coat especially red.
I know this will sound like arduous task but this is what I would do to get a show winner.
1) Lay down your base to get full and even coverage 2 to 3 coats should do it. Adhere to recommended flash times between coats. Tack between coats
2) Lay down 2 wet coats of intercoat clear, again adhere to flash times and let that dry for a few days. Tack between coats
3) Wet sand ( with Ivory dish soap classic scent in the water, this is pretty much the standard soap used by custom painters as the scent is organic and not a perfume, perfumes contain oils, oils equal fisheyes) the intercoat clear with 800-1000 grit paper. dry the surface and follow with a grey scuff pad dry to make sure the surface is dull. CAUTION is a must in this step as you don't want to sand into the base coat, you can fix it but it's a hassle, just take your time it's not a race
4) Clean the surface with a pre paint prep product.
5) Lay down 3 to 4 medium coats of Kandie paying attention to gun control and overlap, overlap should be 50 to 75 percent. Adhere to flash times
6) Now cut your mixed Kandie 50% with a reduced compatible clear and lay down one medium wet coat. Adhere to flash times.
7) Now cut your mixed Kandie 75% again with the reduced clear and lay down one medium wet coat and let that flash.
8) Lay down two wet coats of Clear over the Kandie. Adhere to flash times. I use a two part clear but that's not necessary for a model.
9) Wait a few days wet sand with 1500,2000,or finer and buff. don't forget to add the soap to the water
There are many more steps in the finishing process of 1:1 and I will share that if you are curious, but this should be good for a killer Kandie on a model
You can get different shades and tones with Kandies with various techniques however, Kandies have what's called a ceil level, meaning that once you get to a certain level there will be no change in color. I have never seen or heard of a kandie going to a solid color in my 30+ years of applying this product.
I hope this helps!!!! jwrass
Edited by jwrass, 08 July 2014 - 07:27 PM.