House of Kolor painting tips
I figured the best, and least boring way to demonstrate the proper use of FA01 Flattening Agent would be to put together a mini tech article. Besides learning how to use the flattening agent, I thought I would sneak a couple of other kustom paint tips in here to keep it interesting.
For this demo, we are going to paint up a Jr. Dragster body for a local competitor in California. If you have never heard of Jr. Dragsters, they are actually more than just a bunch of go-karts. These dragsters are NHRA sanctioned, and while their motor may be based on a 5 HP Briggs & Stratton, they can put out up to 71 hp, and reach up to 96 mph in the 1/8 mile. (Well over 100 in the 1/4 mile!!) Pretty fast considering these bracket racers start at the age of 8, and go all the way to 17. Many of the new names in the NHRA are former Jr. Dragster racers. So with that being said, these kids, (and their sponsors) take the paintjobs just as seriously as the big boys. If anything, the JR. Dragsters have been giving the bigger classes a run for their money when it comes to best appearing car, with the most radical paintjobs.
The paintjob in question was a perfect candidate for the flat clear. They wanted a nostalgic hot-rod scallop job, with a skull logo on the top, Von Dutch striping, and old school lettering on the sides showing it's name, "Stray Cat". This paint job was just begging for some flat clear.
- After sealing the body with House of Kolor® Ko-Seal primer, Dion lays on a coat of BC25 House of Kolor® basecoat black with his trusty LPH-400 spray gun. If we were going to be immediately clearing the job, we would have just gone with the Black Ko-Seal, but in this case the graphics will take a day or so. A little longer than the Ko-Seal window will allow. With the BC25 black, we will be lightly scuffing the surface before applying the first graphics in order to keep that re-application window open.
- After lying out, and masking the scallops, Dion sprays the graphic a BC26 basecoat white as a base for the color. This makes the following coats of SG105 Blue Blood (red) even brighter. For ease of application, and to eliminate multiple coats for coverage, we will sometimes mix a bit of the Blue Blood into the white, giving ourselves a pink sealing coat. This will then require less coats of red for coverage. This trick can keep the edges down when pin striping is to follow.
- With the graphics unmasked, the rest of the artwork can then follow. I used transfer tape to help mask off the skull, then some freehand airbrushing to finish off the features. With the skull unmasked, I can then come in and airbrush halos, and add the necessary outline pinstripes. The black is double reduced down, with just a little SG100, and a combination of KK04 Oriental Blue Kandy, and KK17 Violet Kandy added to it. This gives me a nice transparent black that is great for blending, and shadowing. The blue/violet addition keeps the sepia in the black from taking over, and giving everything a brown tone. This can be cool if that is the effect you are going for. I just add the complimentary colors until I get the shade of black that I want.
- With the Von Dutch striping done, I tackle the outlining of the scallops. To make the Blue Blood (red) really pop, I felt that white House of Kolor® Striping Urethane would do the trick. The rest of the striping on the car has already been done with U03 Roman Red, and U01 Black. Even though it is not necessary to catalyze the House of Kolor striping urethane, I like to add a few drops of KU150 to my Striping reducer. This helps the paint to flow better, and when dry, the striping will resist any pulls, or bleeds, even if you have a nasty clear run to deal with.
- Dion polishes off the dragster with a nice session of UFC35 Kosmic Urethane Flo-Klear. He uses the same LPH-400 gun, but with his 1.5 nozzle set. This atomizes the clear the best, and works killer on small...
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