Hard Candy is Dandy

March 5 2012

Harley-Davidson is offering buyers an opportunity to dress up their rides with one of 12 paint colour combinations described as a “Sparkling Old-School Metal-Flake.” The new two-tone Hard Candy Flake paint option is the latest addition to the Motor Company’s accessory Colour Shop catalogue and is a part of the Core Paint Series.

Mimicking a signature design element from the ’70s, the new metal flake option comes on the heels of Harley-Davidson’s introduction of a new cruiser for 2012 called the Seventy-Two, itself a throwback to the custom choppers of 40 years ago.

The application of this special paint is a detailed multi-step process that starts with layers of silver microflake being applied over a silver base and then finished in a clear coat. Next a scallop pattern is hand-laid and masked before the candy coat colour layer is applied, which allows the flake to show through. Finally, the entire design is clear-coated, hand-striped, and then clear-coated again.

Options for the Hard Candy Flake include your choice of Red, Green, Pink, Lime Gold, Orange, Black and Silver colours accented in either Black or Silver Flake. The custom paint work is covered by a two-year warranty and is available either as a complete set using factory-fresh sheet metal, or as a “paint only” option, which is applied to your existing, undamaged sheet metal.

Complete bodywork sets finished in the Hard Candy Flake paint job are available for many Sportster, Dyna, Softail, and Touring models. Finished fuel tanks are also sold individually for certain Sportster, Dyna, and Softail models. Harley-Davidson dealers will have full info and pricing, but you can also check the colour in the accessory section of the Harley-Davidson website.

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