Flame Orange vs Flame Blue: What’s The Difference?

flame blue vs flame orange spray paint
Written by Richard September

Two of the best budget spray paints available, but what makes them different?

Manufactured by Molotow as a budget paint for aerosol artists, FLAME paint has become one of the most popular spray paints for graffiti and street art.

Consisting of two product lines – Flame Orange and Flame Blue – each line has over 120+ vibrant colours to choose from.

But despite the different names, what exactly makes Flame Orange and Flame Blue different?

What’s the difference between Flame Orange & Flame Blue?

The biggest difference between Flame Orange and Flame Blue is that Flame Orange is a high pressure, high output spray paint whereas Flame Blue is a low pressure, low output spray paint.

Flame Orange has a high pressure valve means that more paint is output when it’s sprayed. This allows for faster coverage, although beginners may struggle to control the can.

Flame Blue, on the other hand, has a low pressure valve meaning less paint is output when sprayed. This gives artists more control over the can, although it also makes covering larger areas slower compared to Flame Orange.

flame orange high pressure sprayed on wall
An artist using Flame Orange (Image credit: Unsplash)

Differences between stock caps

Flame Orange and Flame Blue both come stocked with different spray paint caps, which has an effect on the lines each can produce.

Flame Orange comes stocked with a Pink Dot, which is a fat cap. Fat caps are commonly stocked on high pressure cans because they allow for wider coverage and bigger lines compared to skinny or medium caps.

Flame Blue instead comes stocked with a Blue Dot cap, which is a medium soft cap. Soft caps are designed to work well with low pressure spray paint as they allow for more control and softer lines.

These caps can be changed with most male valve caps, however. So if you need super skinny or skinny lines, you’ll need to pick up some additional skinny caps alongside either Flame Orange or Flame Blue.

If you want to achieve skinny lines with more control, definitely choose Flame Blue. Its low pressure system is much more forgiving, especially for beginner artists.

molotow pink dot black cap
Pink Dot Fat Cap (Flame Orange)
molotow blue dot soft cap
Blue Dot Soft Cap (Flame Blue)

What is Flame Orange best used for?

Flame Orange is designed as an action can, which makes it the best option for graffiti artists or street artists who need to paint fast. This is due to its high pressure, high output system paired with the Pink Dot cap it comes stocked with.

If your graffiti style is big and bold meaning you need to cover large areas or need to do the job quickly, Flame Orange is the best spray paint for speed.

What is Flame Blue best used for?

Flame Blue on the other hand is best used by artists who want more precision and control when painting. The low pressure, low output valve system makes Flame Blue more forgiving as you’ll have less chance of drips and overspray.

For artists painting detailed pieces which require fine lines or painting on a small surface like a canvas, Flame Blue is the best option.

For added precision, use a skinny cap with Flame Blue as the Blue Dot it comes stocked with produces a medium soft line.

Flame Orange alternatives

Flame Orange is arguably one of the best high output spray paints on the market given its low price compared to brands like Montana and Molotow.

There are a few good alternatives available though if you want to try something different:

  • Montana Black is another popular high pressure professional spray paint. It has more colours to choose from than Flame Orange and they are slightly more vivid. It is on the expensive side though, and it performs very similarly to Flame Orange.
  • Kobra High Pressure is another good alternative to Flame Orange and shares a similar price per can. It has a high output which is great for fast coverage along with a strong colour chart. Each can comes stocked with a red skinny cap too, which is one of the best stock caps in my opinion.

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Flame Blue alternatives

If you’re looking for spray paint that’s similar to Flame Blue, here are a few alternatives to choose from:

  • Montana Gold is the daddy of all low pressure spray paints and is well known for its extensive, vibrant colour chart. However, it’s also one of the most expensive professional spray paints on the market. Flame Blue has a similar feel at a cheaper cost, but the colours are flatter than Montana Gold.
  • Kobra Low is a strong alternative to Flame Blue. The price per can is similar, although Flame Blue has a wider colour chart to choose from.
  • Dope Classic spray paint is one of the cheapest alternatives. It’s a very good low pressure spray paint if you’re working on a budget. However, the colour chart isn’t as extensive and some colours aren’t as vibrant.
artist spraying kobra low pressure paint
An artist using Kobra Low (Image credit: Unsplash)

Final thoughts on Flame spray paint

Flame Orange and Flame Blue are both very good budget spray paints for graffiti and street art.

Although they’re a budget option, the FLAME range is manufactured by Molotow who is known for consistently producing high quality graffiti supplies.

To summarise, Flame Orange is a better paint for graffiti due to the high pressure, high output system allowing for faster painting.

Paired with a fat cap, artists will have no problem achieving speedy results. Just remember that it might be a bit harder to control the can compared to Flame Blue – especially for beginners.

Flame Blue is an excellent choice for all artists, but specifically those who are doing more detailed work. The low pressure system is much more forgiving for new aerosol artists especially, which makes it a great graffiti supply for beginners.

If you get the chance, it’s worth trying some of the alternatives mentioned above to get an idea of how different cans feel. That way you can find the spray paint that works best for your style.

Do you prefer Flame Orange or Flame Blue? Leave a comment below and let me know.

About the author

Richard September

Growing up in London, I've always been fascinated by the graffiti that covers the cityscape. From seeing it around where I lived to reading it on the train lines, I was hooked straight away. For over 15 years, I've been painting graffiti and immersing myself in the culture. I graduated from the University of Sussex in 2019 with a BA in Sociology and Media Studies. My final year research project, entitled "Vigilant Vandalism or Mindless Mischief: A Narrative Analysis of Graffiti Writers in London & Brighton", exposed me to the lives of graffiti writers in the field and better shaped my understanding of the culture. I created Graff Storm in 2021 with the mission to help new artists learn more about graffiti culture, find the right tools and avoid toy status.

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