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Old 04-21-2004, 05:04 PM
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fading from one color to another, and still looking good!

okee, ive faded before on vehicle parts, but it was a sharp fade and not a gradual one, now im painting a hockey goalie helmet for a friend and am going to try and fade, blue to white, but i dont want a hard line fade, id like something subtle if possible, what are some techniques that you guys use.?
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anyone?
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Keep the spray gun further from the work and it will fade more gradually.
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That's just a product of good air-brush technique.
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Willy,

Is that really true? I know flames of all colors are famous for their fades from one color to the next. Sort of the flame cooling off so to speak. But I'm not under the impression that this is accomplished with air brush work.

Isn't it done by coming forward with your colors and then tipping the gun to shoot down the body along with cutting back on the amount of paint coming from the gun, then working it all carefully with color sanding?

Of course something as small as a helmet may be a candidate for airbrush work but I'm more accoustomed to larger fades.

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gmw, thats similer to how ive dont some in the past, but that was on a vehicle, not a helmet, i have an airbrush, but an not very experienced with it, any tips will help me out, ill try on a small panel first!!
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Air brush on small stuff like helmets, graphics, etc. and touch-up guns on bigger stuff like full body flames, body fading, etc. Whichever gun you use, it's all in the gun work, just bigger or smaller guns. However you manipulate the gun, tipping, changing aim, pulling back, etc. it's still in the gun technique. I can't imagine how you could do any good with color sanding on this delicate interface, but maybe it can be done.
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any insight that may help me out at all?
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Practice with your air brush.
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Here is a picture I took yesterday at the NSRA Western Nats of the paint job on the PPG trailer at their vendor's booth. Note the subtle fading of the orange-to-yellow stripe. If you look very closely you can see the use of an air brush to achieve the transition. No sanding was used.
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