Edited January 1, 2021 – This tech sheet supersedes any other inconsistent information, including the label.
Dry Times for Adequate Curing are set for 70⁰F / 21⁰C and 50% Relative Humidity
candy2O are concentrated in the bottle and intended for mixing with 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear or 4030 Balancing Clear to create a sprayable color. 4050 is the better performing medium to mix candy2o with.
Aniline dyes appear dark in solution (in the bottle). candy2O dry matte after initial application, and appear transparent and vibrant after top-coating with a gloss clear such as Createx 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear.
NOT LIGHTFAST! Aniline dyes are fugitive and will lose color due to exposure to direct light.
candy2O is intended for mixing with 4030 Balancing Clear or 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear to achieve a stable candy color with resin for adhesion and coating formation.
4050 is an excellent carrier for candy2O; the mix stays uniform in suspension for even color formation during application. 4050 is especially beneficial when applying candy2O with a spray-gun.
STRAIN BEFORE USING! Always pour candy2o through a strainer before using. A fine mesh size, 125, micron works best.
Airbrush: Mix 4030 Balancing Clear or 4050 Gloss Clear
10% per volume up to equal parts with candy2o.
Spray-Gun: Mix 4050 Gloss Clear 6:1 candy2o, then
thin, if necessary, 5% - 10% per volume with 4011 Reducer. Thinning is optional, not required.
4011 Reducer is the standard thinner for Createx paints including candy2o.
Allow mix 10 minutes to acclimate before spraying for optimum performance (flow & leveling).
Use 4050 Gloss Clear as carrier/ medium for mixing.
Start with a less concentrate mix ratio of 6:1 (or 8:1), after a few coats when colors are starting to saturate (cover), then switch to a more-concentrated mix to finish, ex. 4050 4:1 candy2O.
Lessen candy2O’s concentration by mixing in greater amounts with 4050 Gloss Clear; do not exceed 10% per vol. with 4011 Reducer. Thinning with a reducer is optional and often not needed with a spray-gun.
Estimated drying and curing times are set at 70⁰F and 65% or less relative humidity (RH). Allow for extended drying times in colder or humid conditions.
candy2O’s dyes will leach (bleed) into top-coated colors & clears. 4040 Bleed Checker prevents this.
When applied as specified, candy2o may be taped on direct after 60 minutes air drying.
When applying candy2O as a mid-coat over a metallic base, applying a “cheater coat” helps achieve uniform application, especially with darker valued candy2O colors. A cheater coat is a mid-layer between metallic base and candy2O made by mixing the two together, resulting in a more gradual transition between metallic base and candy. For example, when applying 4665 Brandywine over 4102 Aluminum Medium, a cheater coat would be made by mixing Brandywine and Aluminum Medium (mixing even parts works best) and applying over the Aluminum Medium, then applying Brandywine over the candy-aluminum mix.
Mix candy2O with Auto Air Pearlescent, Cosmic Sparkle & Hot Rod Sparkle Colors to for candy-pearl colors.
Mix in equal parts candy2o, pearl-color and 4050 Gloss Clear, then thin 10% per volume 4011 Reducer.
Apply over color-keyed AutoBorne Sealer Base or, with darker candy2o colors, over 6002 Sealer Black.
candy2O together with 4104 Quicksilver makes excellent anodized candy colors. Anodized candy colors can be made 2 different ways:
candy2O is best rinsed from the airbrush or spray-gun with 4011 Reducer. Use soapy, warm water and 4008 Restorer as a rinse for final cleaning.
Use in a well-ventilated area. Avoid contact with eyes. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after use. Do not ingest. When spraying or sanding, use a properly fitted NIOSH approved respirator per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Eye contact: Rinse with clean water for 15 minutes. Seek medical attention.
Inhalation: Use in in well ventilated areas and wear a NIOSH / MSHA approved respirator when spraying.
Refer to candy2O SDS for additional information.
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