Candy colors are commonly used in Gunpla builds. In this tutorial, we’ll compare the effects of different base coats and chrome coats, so you can decide exactly what you need for your next candy build.
To recap, the three basic steps to achieving a candy finish are:
1. Apply a glossy coat
2. Apply a chrome coat
3. Apply a clear coat
Need a refresher? Check out Part 1 of this tutorial here.
Variation 1: Base coat color
In Part 1 of this tutorial, we used XL-05 Gloss Black as the base coat. What happens if you use another color base instead?
Here, both the chrome and clear coats are the same; only the base color is different. A gloss black base (left) gives a darker hue to the candy finish, while a gloss white base (right) gives a lighter hue.
Can’t quite tell the difference? Let’s try again, this time with CL-09 Clear Orange:
While either colored base may be used depending on your preference, some candy colors may benefit from using one instead of the other, e.g. gloss white for candy yellow.
Variation 2: Chrome coat quality
In Part 1 of this tutorial, we used S-09 Shine Chrome, the highest grade in our Chrome series. What happens if you use other Chrome or Metallic paints instead?
Here we can see the decreasing reflectiveness of the different paints, from S-09 Shine Chrome (top) having the most mirror-like finish thanks to its finely milled particles, to M-02 Bright Silver (bottom) having a more “grainy” metallic finish. So now you can determine exactly what finish you’d like, and how to achieve it.