Candy (mid-coat or tri-coat) Application Questions

What is a 3-stage candy paint?

A candy paint finish application consists of applying a metallic base color, then the application of a transparent candy layer, and then the application of a protective clear coat to help extend the life of the candy finish and magnify the depth of the metallic finish. Each layer of candy coverage creates a darker tint. Most candies provide a deep metallic finish and a difference in the shade contrast when viewed under different lighting conditions. Candy coat or sometimes referred to as the "mid coat" or "top coat" and usually are a very translucent color or may contain be a intercoat containing pearls and/or flakes.

What type or color base coat do I use for a candy paint?

Each Candy mid coat requires a different base coat mixed specifically for that Candy coat. We will say there are typically (15) different shades of base coats in our system we use to create every color. Most base coats we use are custom mixed. 

How can I be sure the color will match the original color?

First, you must remember the paint used on early vintage bikes are no longer available. The FDA banned the use of lacquer products containing high VOC content levels. Secondly, the original application is considered to be a two-stage process. Finally, today Candy paints have undergone a serious makeover. Companies such as House of Kolor has over the year master the art of creating candies, by using only the world best pigments and pearls. Our candies are formulated to match your original bike that will provide years of protection and glisten in natural sunlight. It is recommended to have either a paint chip or OEM part available for the painter to use as comparison when applying the candy layers.

How many coats will it take to achieve the proper color?

The number of coats will vary depending on the color of the basecoat and candy color. It's always recommended to do a sprayout test first.


Is this the same original OEM paint used on the earlier model bikes?

No, the original candy paints are a lacquer base applied as a two-stage application. Today's paints are a urethane enamel base. Much easier to apply and show more contrast and depth in the metallic finish. Honda never sold any of their paints to the public or industrial market. One private business did however market a 3 oz. touch-up custom mixed paint in small touch-up amounts for re-sell. Note: the touch-up cans were custom mixed from OEM parts purchased from Honda factories and is NOT the original paint used on Honda bikes

Can I use my own primer, clearcoat or any others with VMR Paints products?

As long as it a urethane product that required a catalyst they should be compatible. We recommend to always do a sprayout prior to applying.

Where do I find the paint code for my vintage motorcycle color?

There are no paint codes used prior to 1982.

Can I take the product code number from the VMR Paint can to my local paint shop and have this paint reproduced?

No, the code number associated with each of our products are for VMR Paints reference only. This is used to identify the mixing formula that is entered into our system. These codes have no value to any outside paint distributing company.

I have seen on the Internet a list of paint codes, are these codes legit?

Not necessarily, any vintage codes related to motorcycles are most likely the product code number issued by Lubritech Corp in the early 1970's. These number have no meaning in the automotive and motorcycle paint industry. All our paint is careful custom mix to match the preserved OEM colors. We have purchased OEM parts in excellent condition to color match.

What is meant by a Sprayout Test?

Before you proceed with the applications, prep a piece of metal sheet or extra part with primer, basecoat. Count the number of candy coats you will need to apply the achieve the proper color. Use this sprayout test to adjust all your setting on the air flow, regulars and spray pattern on gun.

Can the average handyman painter apply the candy process with professional results?

Probably not, candy paints are very translucent and watery like that may cause runs and streaking. It's always best to have a experienced painter that is familiar with candy paints do the job.

Are these candy paint chemical resistant to gas and oil?

Yes, the paints are chemical resistant . These paints provide the same finish applied to automobiles. All VMR Paint require a clear coat that seals the finish and provide protection for many years.

What is Flash Time?

This is a amount of time in between coats. This prevents solvents from being trapped in the paint causing problems such as solvent pop, sand scratch swelling, and a low gloss for topcoats to mention a few.

Who distributes your candy colors?

We use only the very best House of Kolors, PPG and/or Axalta refinishing paints and products. Made from the top grade pigments and advanced acrylic urethane technology.