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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!
04-08-2016 03:25 PM
TucsonJay The nice thing about the saran wrap is that... you drop it on wet... can see what the pattern is... then can stretch it around to get a pattern you like before removing it!
04-08-2016 03:14 PM
idrivejunk I used Eerie-Dess with tinfoil once on a boat stripe with translucent colors over it. That stuff is pretty cool. Never tried paper or plastic wrap so I just learned something!
04-08-2016 02:05 PM
TucsonJay Yes. I've done that on a few jobs. Here are a couple examples done with pearl.

It does look quite different from the wadded up paper though.
04-08-2016 12:20 PM
Arrowhead Isn't there a similar technique of using Saharan wrap over the wet base coat to create a marbleized look?
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