Thursday, November 12, 2009
I started out with the flames working from dark blue to light blue to white with a little green added in.
Next I roughed out the skeleton, blending yellow and white to make a creamy color.
Once the color was done I did the outline work with a bold black paint pen.
Then I went back in with fine and extra fine black paint pens to create variations inline depth and add detail.
For the finishing touch I went in with a xtra fine white paint pen to add the highlights. With the painting complete, I strung the bike back up in the shed. I made sure to wipe everything down with a lint free rag to remove the dust. Then I sprayed the bike with a clear coat. I used Rustolium Glossy clear coat. * Be sure to test your clear coat* This was my firs time using the Rustolium Clear coat and it made a weird crackeling effect on the paint pens. It actually looks really cool, but it wasn't expected and could have been worse. After using multiple coats of clear coat and letting it dry I lightly wet sanded it all with a 600 grit sandpaper to make sure it was nice and smooth. Then I removed all the tape and rea assembled everything, using the photos I took during the disassembly as refrence.
Here's the finished bike:
Hope this was helpful for any aspiring bike painters and fun for all interested in the process.
Keep on keeping on,
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
First I traced the shape onto tracing paper so I could play with a few different designs.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
remove all stickers and clean it up
Find a good area to paint and string it up, remember to think about over spray.
Next I used acetone to clean the entire surface of the bike, wear gloves for this, and be sure not to touch the bike after you've cleaned it.
I love the smell of Acetone in the morning
Finally I was ready to spray!
Rock N Roll!
Since the bike was 2 toned I decided to go ahead and do a white primer coat to add durability and to make sure the final coat came out nice and even. I used Rustolium primer.
Multiple light coats of primer work best
primed up and ready for paint
After the paint dried off I spot checked the bike for any runs or missed areas. I did find a couple, so I sanded them down and did a little touch up. Then I waited for it to dry one more time, wiped it down with a clean rag, and got read to do the custom painting.
Now I ready to get crazy with the paint job!