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Water droplet effects

Hi guys

I have been playing with water droplet effects since I looked at a post on a website.

I was just wondering if any of you have tried this effect & if so how did it turn out for you? I have seen a blue Harley done this way & it looked great!!
Any feed back will be great!!

Steve.
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in the 60's and 70's we used soap bubbles a lot. of course we used just about anything then.
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Hi Shine

tell me more, I'm just a young spunk trying to learn more about trick custom stuff!!
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Ain't it great, we all struggle to eliminate stuff like this from our paint jobs and now people are trying to intentionally put them in. What is next, solvent pop effect . Each to their own I guess, just not my thing.

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Looks like you got it figured out Steve.
Just one crit.
LESS is MORE with the water drop effect.
You want it to look wet not like an acoustical blown ceiling.
A little too much water IMO bro.
Take the sprayer and adjust it not so fine and spray it up in the air above the panel and let it fall naturally on to it. Spraying directly on the panel kinda gives it too much and the "mist" will go away in the air instead of on the panel.
Good work though.
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we mixed dawn soap in a windex bottle. just enough in it to blow bubbles [ nearly empty] . we would apply the bubbles and dust a coat of candy or pearl over them [ low pressure ] after it dries we cleaned it off. i guess i tried just about everything. aluminum foil over pearl , cellophane. streak wood with your hand, torn paper geez it goes on for ever.
keep in mind we were working with laqure. you can dust laquer over just about anything
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Thanx for that guys.

One thing I noticed though, when the water evaporates it leaves a tiny pin hole on some of the droplets, this causes like a poppin problem. I have covered that peice in intercoat clear but I can see me havin problems when I go to shoot the top coat any ideas?
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Too much paint,
You only need to apply a dusting over the water,cause if you lay too much paint, it makes a "bridge" and when the paint dries it will collapse and leave a hole.
The idea is to have enough paint on the water so when it dries it will lay down with it.Basically, you want the edges to have color,not the whole drop.
That, or IF you disturbe the "bubble" with anything,it will cause problems.
Light coating and DON'T do ANYTHING to it after it dries.
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thanx Bee. Do I force dry it in the bake or leave it to dry naturally? I bake the last peice for 15mins.

One more thing is colour: is it better to use the ground colour then tint it darker for the drops or use a different darker colour? I used a pearl white ground colour, then light blue & pearl white again for the drops. What do you think?

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Hey Vince... There is a guy here that has an old Plymouth PU. That thing has the worst New paint job on it I have ever seen. The state of Florida is looking for the guy because there isn't enough Orange Peel left for their oranges. LOL The guy keeps getting trophies at the car shows. Figure that one out. I have been working my butt off trying to get a paint job with none in it.

I remember when we would look around for lace, like from old table cloths and such for custom paint jobs. Also remember a guy when I was in the military that painted his car. Got it real smooth, then went back with white house paint and made it look like splatter, or large overspray, all over, then sprayed clear on it. Then again, flames are real popular, and I always thought you didn't want fire near your car, or paint. LOL

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