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09-16-2014 12:48 AM
painted jester Come on guys post old pics of old custom jobs you did!!! I want to see them!!!!! Its been a year since anyone posted here!!!



Rex a friend of mine early in the morning standing next to the Vette, and George and I on another break in my shop LOL
09-16-2014 12:39 AM
painted jester

Polishing and its out the door
09-16-2014 12:18 AM
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09-16-2014 12:11 AM
painted jester

Taking a break with George who passed away a few years ago! I really miss him!!! In the last pick you can see that the pearl flames disappear in some angles of light!
09-16-2014 12:05 AM
painted jester

Cars dry

Carried hood out of booth to do final wet sand Wheel and hand polish and hand glaze
09-15-2014 11:57 PM
painted jester

Finished shooting!!!car almost dry! The bumper is taped because it takes a paint mix with flexative.
09-15-2014 11:42 PM
painted jester

Wet sanding between coats and laying down multi layers (as you can see the car is faceing different directions in the booth for consecutive layers after wet sanding) I never sand anything in a booth! I push them out and then back in when ready this took a few days in and out of the booth to lay all the clear, wet sanding, washing, cleaning booth , pushing car back in and laying down a few more coats of clear< coating many layers of clear> to wet sand off and wheel and hand rub and polish and hand glaze to become a finished show paint job!

09-15-2014 11:39 PM
painted jester

Laying down Clear, The wife manning my hose and taking pics LOL The car is facing different directions in the booth LOL if your wondering why I'll explain later!

09-15-2014 11:33 PM
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09-15-2014 11:30 PM
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09-15-2014 11:28 PM
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09-15-2014 11:26 PM
painted jester

Tape removed washed and wet sanded the flame edged and lightly scuffed the clear on the flames

09-15-2014 11:24 PM
painted jester I haven't done anything this summer to warent this thread but I wan't to bring it back again its a great thread! So here's some old pics of mine

Body work done painted SS black and flames layed out and taped

09-20-2013 01:29 PM
Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
Very cool, now walk us thru how you did them!


Ok, Brian, grab a seat and prepare for a long probably somewhat scattered post

To do the "bubble" effect, base coat the panel what ever color you choose and let it dry until it can be safely rubbed by hand (30 minutes at least). Once it is dry enough to rub by hand, lay it on a flat surface and use a clean spray bottle to spray water onto the panel, (you can use just about any method of putting water drops on the panel, but a spray bottle seems to give the most uniform look). After you have the water on the panel and the drop size is to your liking, spray a mist coat of a contratsing color base over the panel using very low air pressure and fluid adjustments, stay back 12-15 inches and lightly mist the panel at about a 45 degree angle, from one side only, being careful not to blow the water around. (don't spray as if you were painting the panel, using light mist coats, spray from side to side, bottom to top, keeping the paint coming from one side at an angle, this will create a shodw line beyond the water droplet) Now, wait until the water evaporates, either by air drying, heat lamp, or if you are really careful, you can stay 24" or so away and use a heat gun to dry the water. Once the water has evaporated the base that had settled on the droplets now gives you a 3D effect of bubbles or water drops. You can add a little more depth to it using candy colors and fading from top to bottom if you like or just clear it as is. Also remember to paint it backwards so to speak. You want the shadow line to be on the bottom of the bubble, so you need to paint from the top to bottom, starting at the top, this will put the shadows on the bottom of the buble and give the effet of the bubbles rising throught he panel.

As for the carbon fiber look, it is done using anti slip rug padding: Non Skid Slip Area Rug Pad 5x8 Underlay Nonskid Pads Actual 4' 11" x 7' 10" | eBay

To get started, base the panel black and let it dry to touch. Lay the anti-slip pad on top of the panel, making sure it is flat and tight to the panel (you may want to enlist a couple friends for this) then lightly spray a silver base over the anit-slip pad. Let it flash a minute or two and remove the pad. Once it is dry to touch again, lay the pad back on the panel and line it up where it was originally to paint the silver (I used tape on the panel on both sides of the pad, and then put a few small strips on each side to help alignment). Once you get the pad back where it was to paint the silver, slide it down 1/8", and to the right 1/8" this will overlap the open sqares and you should be able to see black through the holes. Now using a charcoal base (or add a few drops of black to the silver you used first), spray lightly over the panel again making sure the pad stays flat anf tight to the surface. Let the darker color flash a minute or two and remove the pad. Now you can use candy colors to enhance things, or clear it as it looks.

If you like to checker flag look, you base the panel black, let it dry to touch and tape off the squares. Lay the anti-slip pad over top of the panel, again being sure it is falt and tight to the panel, and base over it with charcoal only. (make sure you have the squares lined up with the squares you taped off, I didn't and you can see it is off a little bit). Let it flash a minute or two and remove the pad. clear coat and you're ready to make people think you spent hours painting all of those little squares

There are a few good videos by Ed Hubbs on youtube that explain it well and show how to do it.

09-20-2013 01:05 PM
Originally Posted by TucsonJay View Post
Nice. I love to see painters break new ground, instead of always copying what they have seen! Of course when you are painting for others, you may have to wait for a daring customer. :-)

Well honestly, both of those are not very new effects, just new to me But it did give me a few ideas I want to try when I get time.

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