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02-21-2017 01:34 PM
JUICEGOOSE So for you guys that have done marbling without using marbling paint from HOK and just using base. do you use a slower reducer like a ru312 or what?
Anyone outline their process?

I paint small stuff so you wouldn't think it owuld be an issue but I use my detail gun to laydown some black base on a piece of plastic and then quickly lay it out on my piece. i move it around for a couple seconds then pull it up and all i get is half stuck black to the underlying base(sg100 was used).
02-21-2017 01:24 PM
AutoGear Jay, and others:
A friend of mine paints coffee mugs and uses them to draw interest. He sells them too...prices vary wildly based on whether its done for a client, or something he was just futzing around with; or he throws it in to sweeten the pot.

As a salesman, it really grabs the customer to see it in 3 dimensions, something they can hold in their hand and look at outdoors.

I could have just dropped his name, but its pretty easy to figure out what he's doin' so I dont mind

Additionally:
Anyone familiar with those fad-of-the-moment vacuum-sealed oversized coffee mugs by Yeti?
One of their competitors has a deal on a casepack (30pcs) of the stainless ones on FB. The brand is 'R-tic'
I don't know if they have a raised logo or not if that means anything.
02-17-2017 06:23 PM
TucsonJay How about we make some hats that say...

"Make Custom Paint Great Again!"

I sure miss the candies, 'flake, murals, flames, and on and on and on!!!
02-17-2017 08:01 AM
JUICEGOOSE Although I don't paint cars and am new to painting in general I do paint fishing rods/reels and components. Obviously a lot of the techniques used go great for what I do only on a smaller scale.

one thing I would love to master is the marbling technique. I use HOK almost exclusively and have the marbling paint but a lot of times I just need to throw some black marbling over a neon base or something. I was told that I could spray the black on wet and then plastic wrap it but everytime i try it the paint is to dry. I've resorted to just spraying some crumpled up plastic wrap with black and then dabbing it on. It works but not the same look.

I recently had a guy commission me to paint a reel seat to look like a redfish and just got done with a galaxy theme. The picture of the galaxy was my first attempt. the reel seat incorporated more blues and more stars into the design.

What about that scrapped look? not so much the paint or metal peeling look but almost like you spray a color and then cover it with black and the then use a wire brush or something to scrap the black away revealing the color underneath?
04-28-2016 07:50 AM
AutoGear Saw a 54-ish chevy done in the classic "bomb" style today, but it had candy blue "fingerprinting" inside the scallops. I couldn't get a pic but DAMN it was cool
04-26-2016 05:32 PM
TucsonJay I am burned out on "boring" jobs. The last couple weeks I've been doing car events, and handing out posters of different kinds of graphics.

I was surprised that I actually have a few custom jobs developing! {:-)

Patriotic themes and flames are the two types I am courting so far.

Life feels a little more interesting suddenly! LOL!
04-26-2016 04:43 PM
st3gamefarm
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Originally Posted by TucsonJay View Post
I can understand why there are not a lot of "custom" paint pictures lately.

I've been doing this for others for about 45 years... and the last few years the trend for imaginative work has faded quickly!

Part is due to the economy... as I have heard many complain that this is the reason they embrace "patina"... flat finishes... and cheap one-color jobs.

I currently have ONE new custom graphics job on the calendar... and another that was wrecked and needs repairs.

That lack of scheduled work is something that has not happened to me since I started working for others in the early seventies!

I am actually going to start promoting graphics paint only... with restorations always on standby mode. I just can NOT get excited about putting all of my time into things that are so boring to me! I never did do this for the money... but because I love to be involved in creating something interesting and exciting. {:-)

Anyone have ideas for new up-to-date graphics ideas... or a part of the vehicle hobby that is expanding into "custom" territory???

We could talk about ideas that have not caught on before! I always thought a flame job that looked like it was assembled out of 3-D polished knives, sword, scythes, saw, daggers, razors etc. could be intense!

How about an entire vehicle that has an outer space panorama spread over it? (Maybe a Ford Galaxy?) LOL!

Metalflake lightening bolts placed to accent the body design?

A dark color with blood splatters all over it?

What comes into your mind? You can tell us.... even if it seems really bizarre. :-)~ Maybe then people will stop walk past your "toy".. and maybe even take pictures to show friends!
True "one off" custom stuff, as what once was, is not as strong as it used to be. I did unicorns on my daughters motorcycle, and various tank art on others, but as it was sort of common place back then, I didn't take any pics. (wish I did) The unicorns turned out real nice. Nowadays The closest I get to any kind of "custom" special effect stuff, is on airplanes. And most owners just want several colors of striping, over a main color of white.
04-17-2016 06:41 PM
carolinacustoms
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
How about a video link to that water drop trick? I am not kidding you, that stuff is like magic to me, like sorcery to me. I don't plan on any custom painting, I will leave that to the custom painters. But just to de-mystify it a little.

Brian

Here is a link to Ed Hubbs video about the drops, he has several other pretty cool videos about doing the carbon fiber with shelf liner material and various things that I find interesting and mostly pretty easy to do.

https://youtu.be/a1eU6pk_jWc

Kelly
04-09-2016 04:37 PM
MARTINSR How about a video link to that water drop trick? I am not kidding you, that stuff is like magic to me, like sorcery to me. I don't plan on any custom painting, I will leave that to the custom painters. But just to de-mystify it a little.

Brian
04-09-2016 04:34 PM
OneMoreTime How about doing some artwork with custom effects. people may see that and order custom effects on their car..

Sam
04-09-2016 11:51 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by carolinacustoms View Post
A few things I have done in the past that I think still fit today's scene are "smoking" with acetylene, water drops, and water sprays (light air pressure chasing out a droplet), and carbon fiber.

Here are a few quick demo panels I done to show a customer a few options:




Kelly
I look at stuff like that like a little kid, that is so damn cool!

Brian
04-09-2016 09:33 AM
idrivejunk Tried lumilor yet?
04-09-2016 09:28 AM
TucsonJay Nice! :-)
04-09-2016 08:55 AM
carolinacustoms A few things I have done in the past that I think still fit today's scene are "smoking" with acetylene, water drops, and water sprays (light air pressure chasing out a droplet), and carbon fiber.

Here are a few quick demo panels I done to show a customer a few options:




Kelly
04-08-2016 04:03 PM
TucsonJay I can understand why there are not a lot of "custom" paint pictures lately.

I've been doing this for others for about 45 years... and the last few years the trend for imaginative work has faded quickly!

Part is due to the economy... as I have heard many complain that this is the reason they embrace "patina"... flat finishes... and cheap one-color jobs.

I currently have ONE new custom graphics job on the calendar... and another that was wrecked and needs repairs.

That lack of scheduled work is something that has not happened to me since I started working for others in the early seventies!

I am actually going to start promoting graphics paint only... with restorations always on standby mode. I just can NOT get excited about putting all of my time into things that are so boring to me! I never did do this for the money... but because I love to be involved in creating something interesting and exciting. {:-)

Anyone have ideas for new up-to-date graphics ideas... or a part of the vehicle hobby that is expanding into "custom" territory???

We could talk about ideas that have not caught on before! I always thought a flame job that looked like it was assembled out of 3-D polished knives, sword, scythes, saw, daggers, razors etc. could be intense!

How about an entire vehicle that has an outer space panorama spread over it? (Maybe a Ford Galaxy?) LOL!

Metalflake lightening bolts placed to accent the body design?

A dark color with blood splatters all over it?

What comes into your mind? You can tell us.... even if it seems really bizarre. :-)~ Maybe then people will stop walk past your "toy".. and maybe even take pictures to show friends!
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