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The Process, paint and possibilities

Learn about the basics, get ideas and let's make something rad.   


The Process

The process is as tedious as it is mysterious. There are many ways to skin a cat and paint is no different. It takes time and patience to learn the intricate techniques that work for you, but knowing the basics is a good place to start. Here is a quick intro.

- Prep is crucial. A detailed wash and removal of all loose dirt, grime followed by a thorough degreasing. 

- Sanding seems to be 90% of "painting." I start with 320 - 500 grit sandpaper and wet sand by hand until the entire surface is leveled and evenly covered. 

- Masking keeps paint from going where you don't want it going. Bearings, helmet vents, drop outs, along with Logos and some designs can all be accomplished with careful masking. Tape, paper and vinyl are used to cover things like bearings interfaces, helmet vents, and drop outs.

- Primer or undercoat is a coating sprayed on materials before painting. Priming ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface, increases paint durability, and provides additional protection for the material being painted. After curing, primer needs to be re-sanded to fix any imperfections and give the base coat something to stick to. Usually 600 - 1000 grit will do the trick.  

- Basecoat is the coat that contains the visual properties of colors and effects. Basecoat  is commonly divided into three categories: solid, metallic, and pearlescent pigments but also comes in crazy effects as well. Ask for more info.

- Clearcoat  is a transparent coating that is the final guard between the environment and your paint. Because of this, clearcoat must be durable enough to resist abrasion and withstand UV light. The finish can be high gloss, satin or matte.


The paint

Paints and clears can be solvent or water-based. They both have their quirks. I prefer solvent based, mostly because that's what I'm used to. 

From detailed airbrush work, disco ball-esk metal flake, to color shifting pearls, the possibilities are endless.

Want ideas? Check out the some Pintrest pages, do some exploring and see if anything sparks.   


Let's make it RAD!

Whether you know exactly what you want or need some guidance, shoot over a message and include any details of the project you have in mind. Descriptions, images and references are really helpful to best convey your idea. Once we have a rough understanding, we can provide an initial estimate of what it would take to make happen.

A deposit of $200 will reserve your spot on the project list. Expect wait times to 2 - 4 months.