Harley-Davidson Sparkling Old-School Metal-Flake Paint Jobs in 12 Color Combinations

Metal flake, an iconic design element of the ’70s, is back in the 2012 Harley-Davidson Color Shop offering. Twelve sparkling two-tone Hardy Candy Flake Core Series with full paint sets ranging in price from 2,299.95 to $4,399.95.

Hardy Candy Flake is created in a multi-step process that begins by laying several passes of silver micro flake over a silver base, which is then topped with clear coat.

The scallop pattern is hand-laid and masked, and color is next applied in a candy coat that allows the flake to show through.

The design is then clear coated, hand striped, and clear coated again to give it the final smooth, deep finish.

The Core Series Hardy Candy Flake paint sets are available in Red Flake, Green Flake, Pink Flake, Lime Gold Flake, Orange Flake and Black Flake with a Silver Flake accent, and in Red Flake, Green Flake, Pink Flake, Lime Gold Flake, Orange Flake and Silver Flake with a Black Flake accent. Core Series paint is available as a complete set including factory-fresh sheet metal, or as a “paint only” option, applied to undamaged sheet metal removed from a motorcycle. Core Series Color Sets are covered by a two-year factory warranty. The Hard Candy Flake complete paint sets and are available to fit many Sportster®, Dyna®, Softail® and Touring model motorcycles. Also sold individually are Sportster, Dyna and Softail fuel tanks in the Hard Candy Flake color combinations. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for program details. More info at Harley-Davidson.

16 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Sparkling Old-School Metal-Flake Paint Jobs in 12 Color Combinations”

  1. 1 badams Feb 28th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    In response to this I just pulled my flaked fatbobs off my 63 pan and poured aircraft paint remover over them.

  2. 2 Greeko Feb 28th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Harley is opportunist and will make a lot of “flakes” selling custom paint jobs.

  3. 3 CafeSportyTC Feb 28th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    lmfao badams…..

  4. 4 Zipper Feb 28th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Say what you will about H/D. Their paint jobs are second to none in quality and durability. Colors and schemes are personal choice. ..Z

  5. 5 poppymann Feb 28th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Zipper’s right.
    It took me forever to grind off that paint.

  6. 6 Jeff Nicklus Feb 28th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I think if you were to match up this paint with one of those “Sparklie” 70’s metal flake seats Cyril displayed on this site a few weeks ago …… maybe throw in some long fringe grips ….. Dude, then you would be pimping! OMG, I think I just barfed some in my mouth!

    Over & Out,


  7. 7 burnout Feb 28th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Don’t forget the “Vintage” super-flaked matching helmet! peace

  8. 8 badams Feb 28th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    @ Zipper :: “Their paint jobs are second to none in quality and durability”……OEM QA requires durability to avoid costly recalls but as far as “quality”, might want to pull off your OEM fenders and side covers have a geez at the overspray and primer smears.

    For those in the know, a proper flake job is labor intensive, messy and requires specific application experience, not to mention materials. Oh and then there is shooting candy over it. 90% of most flake jobs look like sand, lay flat and fail; I just hope HD has some Jedi mastery where they can make it look proper, otherwise it will look like a bad execution on a passe custom trend.

    Now, back to pouring the second can of aircraft remover on my fatbobs.

  9. 9 Captain John T. Awesome Feb 28th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Flake and scallops? Just doesn’t look right to me and the flake just seems silly on a stock bike. Like so many other things, flake is awesome on a chopper but lame on a stocker. lol

  10. 10 Sportster Mike Feb 29th, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Its all groovy, baby!! or is that gravy, booby???

  11. 11 Steve Carr Feb 29th, 2012 at 7:08 am


    I like it, But then again, I find beauty in things others find strange and un-appealing……..

    how does that old saying go? …………..”Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder”

    Steve Carr

  12. 12 calif phil Feb 29th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    BADAMS You cracked me up and you speak the truth.

  13. 13 Flying Piston Feb 29th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    *Coff* 100% NOT custom paint jobs for only $2300 to $4,400 yikes! Doesn’t Harley have a Sportster on the floor that starts at $6999 and that’s for a motorcycle that comes with paint.

  14. 14 Flying Piston Feb 29th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    $2,300 to $4,400 for a factory paintjob, Yikes! Don’t they sell motorcycles starting at $6999?

  15. 15 badams Feb 29th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    @ Calf Phil :: You know what’s shaken……..

    I mean this is an insult to HD owners really. Even worse to guys who “customize” HDs and an indictment to “chopped” HDs(not many left that are real).

    Dear HD Product Dev team, here’s a cheat sheet:

    1. Call Rick Doss and apologize profusely for ripping off his 80’s scallop paint style, immediately.

    2. UNLESS you are coming out with a Digger version of the Sporty with variegated gold leaf filigree, velocity stacks and magnesium wheels in Dow 7 cease and desist on glitter paint, immediately.

    3. Stop trying to be cool, and just be Harley Davidson.

  16. 16 bean're Mar 5th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    It isn’t cheap to have a bike painted like a
    bass boat but I sure like mine.

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