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How to paint Stryker Red

I don't know, Chris, I wouldn't exactly say that candy apple is easier than a 3-stage (don't know about 4-stage, haven't done one). Certainly in terms of repairability I would chose an OE system, no matter how complicated, since there will be teams developing materials and blend procedures for them, something no one gets with candies.


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Crash to clarify when I said easier I meant something other than "exotic" type finishes. I will say after shooting both a 46V and 46G Mazdas that a traditional candy red is easier. The 4 stages use a light spectrum blocking flake that is a real challenge to apply and blend in a collision environment with borderline equipment and no real access to any knowledgeable tech support. (Me:rolleyes:) Just the TDS's. Not something that I would recommend to a Hobbyist as they are not going to see the results they want. Totally agree that an OE system is preferable just not these new light spectrum absorbing finishes that Mazda, Mercedes, and Nissan (among others) has come out with. Alternatively I suggested the traditional candy as it would be half the cost of the 4 stage's and give similar results to the Viper pictured.
I will say that I think guys with minimal experience can have good success with some of the 3 stage reds out there (Ruby Red is one) as they are relatively easy to apply and repair.
My plan is to do all the priming and blocking at my home make shift spray booth, then take the body to a local body shop where I can paint it on the weekend. I'm done with spraying base and clear at home.
These are some other nice reds.
Quartz red tincoat (GM)
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This is really nice.
House of Kolor Brandywine kandy Brandywine kandy.JPG