Painting Candy Effects using Alclad II Lacquers :
I have previously touched on Candy Effects with a couple of my previous builds (such as the Tachikoma, Z'Gok, and beam sabers from a few other kits) but I used Tamiya Chrome as a base for the clears to go on. Tamiya metallics tend to have a distinct grain to the paint, which can create a distracting and rough looking finish to a kit. This finish can be fine in some applications, but when a smooth, chrome finish is wanted, Alclad II paints are the answer.
Alclad II makes a variety of Lacquer paints aimed solely at the hobby community (mainly model car builders), with one of them being Chrome Silver - the paint of choice for this tutorial.
Select the piece you are wanting to paint, prepare it for priming and then prime it.
Alclad II requires a base coat of enamel Black Gloss. This step is the most important of the whole exercise as it will determine the shine of the Chrome. Thin your enamel paint accordingly (generally 0.75:1 to 1:1 thinner to paint ratio depending on the paint) and apply with light coats from an air brush until evenly covered.
Leave it now for a day or two to allow the enamel paint to cure enough to work with.
Once the enamel has cured enough, take you Alclad II and apply to the piece with an air brush until it is evenly covered. The best thing about Alclad II, is that you never need to thin the paint - just pour it into the air brush's cup and spray away!
If the Gloss Black enamel paint has been applied correctly, the newly added Chrome layer will have a near mirror finish (you can see yourself in it but not quite as good as a mirror).
Now air brush on your Clear colour of choice! In this case I have used Tamiya Clear Red which was applied in light coats until the correct colour was achieved (it took 6 coats in this case).
As you can see, by using Alclad II, you get a much smoother and more metallic chrome look than you ever would with Tamiya Chrome Silver. If you look at the picture, you can just make out my Sony Cybershot camera I used to take the picture!
Applying Clear Colours can be tricky also. Too much, too soon can lead to runs or paint not adhering to the surface correctly. It is best to do multiple coats - do every piece you want to paint with a light coat and by the time you reach the last part, the first will be ready to paint again. I do that and just repeat it until I get the colour I am after.
Another rule of thumb with Clear Colours, is that the lesser the coats, then the lighter the overall colour will be. For example, with red the fewer the coats then the more pink it would look, where as the more coats applied the more it will look red like in the picture above.
Remember not to rush painting with the Clear Colours - taking your time will result in some fantastic colours and flawless finishes.