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Old 12-15-2003, 12:40 AM
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Hello, I am new to this site, just browsed upon it and thought I would join up. I currently belong to a few other car forums. I am from British Columbia, Canada. I was just wondering prices of airbrushing in the United States. Just recently I have learned to airbrush and get into doing flames and other art work for cars and want to go into business but I want to learn prices first. How much do shops charge for flames on cars and bikes (such as Harley's)? Any help is much appreciated. Thank you

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It all depends on your talent. If not good enough you might actually have to end up paying the person you did the work for. As in court fines. Post some pics and lets see some of your work. BTW welcome aboard. And remember, Have Fun, and don't feed the Trolls.

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Old 12-15-2003, 07:23 AM
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As Kev said it depends on the talent!! And with my limited skills I am able to get around $300 - $500 for flaming a tank, around $600 and up if I repaint and flame the tank. On cars it depends but if I have to flame and NOT paint the car I usually start at $600- $800-$1000 and go up. It depends on how much and how detailed. Ghosting is much more, of course! I could get double this and more in a bigger city but the small-town-Midwestern-mentality means they don't want to pay too much!! Post some pics of your work and good luck!! The biggest challenge in doing work for others is you sometimes have to convince them what they want is not as good as what you can do... if you get my drift!!
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Don't listen to anything Dragon J said. I have seen his work and it is world class!!
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LOL willys! I'm glad SOMEBODY thinks so...!!! Another thought flamebabe- some of the quickest stuff I've done (for the quickest profit) has been cartoon graphics- cheesy I know, but that's what some people like- example: a guy wanted Garfield slipping on a banana peel on his tailgate, another lady wanted the Coors silver bullet logo on her silver Fiero, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are always a popular item... simple airbrushing even with stencils makes a quick project to get started. Then the work will show people you can do even more (better) work of higher intricacy...
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Hey thanks for the replies, well so far I do not have pictures of the Harley tanks we just completed, will have them next week probably. Why would ghost flames be more expensive? When less labour and paint/colors are being done? And it is easier than doing solid flames... lol Well I have just started it, the gas tank/fender were our fifth try and they turned out quite awesome. We also did a Mustang hood just for the practice and it turned out nice. I will try to get you some guys some pics. This is all I have so far to show...it is all mainly done on canvas and t-shirts
http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/airbrushing/index.html

Out of curiosity does anybody know of any webpages that are good to order the Master stencils (I believe they are the ones with the skulls, etc) and pinstriping brushes?

Thanks so much for the help! Will try to post pics later on in the week if not next week!! Thanks I must say this forum is great, I am glad I browsed upon it.
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check out Arttool World at www.arttalk.com/artool/index.htm for the skull stencils- I charge more for ghostflames because when it is done right it takes finesse- more effort=more cost! Also to do them correctly they need to be sprayed before clear, so it usually involves painting the entire vehicle. IMHO! Regular flames you can apply over a finished job. Happy spraying!

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