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Translucent Dye Metal Finishing?

May 24, 2018

Q. Just saw this gorgeous custom motorcycle. The finish is said to be 6 layers of translucent blue dye over high polish silver-plate. It has a deep, iridescent quality.

We manufacturer high-end electronics products and would love to apply this finish to some product panels. Does anyone know what this is and/or how to do it? Thanks.


Here's the link to the maker's page,

John La Grou
- Diamond Springs, California USA

May 2018

A. Hi John. I don't know the exact details of this particular object, and people can't share inside information of course. But the general idea has long been used in exotic customized car painting, and it's called a candy apple finish. Yes, you buy and use translucent paint called "candy apple paint". It's best used on top of a shiny finish in many coats so you get that depth you're seeking.

I'm sure if you search for 'candy apple paint' and follow links to auto-enthusiast sites, you'll find whatever info you need to start experimenting or having it done for you. Good luck.


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