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Airbrushed Motorcylce Tank

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STEP 1

Once the parts have all been primed and prepared for paint, I start by basing them with AUTO AIR Iridescent Electric blue . This process is done in light coats , drying thoroughly with a heat gun in between each coat until the parts are fully painted.

STEP 2

Next I use transfer paper to fully cover the whole tank and sketch out my design, figuring out where my “stretched paint” is going to be and where the openings will go to show the metal graphics underneath.

 

 
 

 

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STEP 3

Next I cut with a razor blade, along the edge of the stretched paint design. Then I remove the inside portion.

STEP 4

Now, on the inside portion of the design I spray silver for my metal base color.

STEP 5

Then after laying out some shapes to this area with blue fine line tape, I use a mixture of transparent blue and black to create the shadows and surface glares of my metal design.

STEP 6

Next, I unmask the fine line tape and with my white paint reduced about 50 percent, I add highlights to make the metal come to life.

STEP 7

Once the metal was completed, I gave a shadow to the stretched paint using the same blue/ black mixture.

STEP 8

I then removed the masking covering the Blue base and once again with the same mixture, I added the shadowing to begin creating the stretched look.

 

 
 

 

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STEP 9

To complete the illusion I am trying to create, I use my reduced white for the highlights and finishing touches.

STEP 10

I then gave the tank 2 protective coats of a urethane clear coat to guarantee me no problems when handling it during the next few steps. This also allows me to level out any edges on my graphics that may show.

STEP 11

The following day, when the parts were completely cured, I wet sanded them with 800 grit paper. Then with silver paint and a fine line brush, I painted in the images of metal clips which are gripping the blue paint.

STEP 12

I then outline the metal clips and create the holes the clips go into with black.

STEP 13

I finish up by reducing the black 50% and add shadows on the clips and shadows from the clips to the metal. Then the parts get another 3 or 4 more coats of final clear.


step-13.jpgRequired Materials

1. Auto Air iridescent electric blue

2. Artist masking

3. Auto Air silver

4. Side color cup

5. Transparent blue

6. transparent black

7. transparent white

8. Ultima- TG

9. Airbrush Hose

10. quick connects/ male and female

11. paint bottles