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Just’n Time for Bug O Rama

A gas cap I painted (the hand laid red / not the green) from earlier this week for a 1955 oval window Volkswagen.

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Distressed quickie

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The guys and gals at Drew Brothers Customs besides doing collision work have been into trucks, early trucks, patinaed trucks and just plain cool trucks and they’ve been putting together these classic pickups with a Hotrod flare. This one in particular is a 1959 Chevy step side done up with a faux patina paint job and of course they needed some hand brushed logos to finish it up. This was a stencil process considering that Franklin Law needed to keep their logo consistent and unchanged so we opted to do the quick route by using the companies vectored logo, making a stencil, still brushing in the paint by hand with classic sign paint, letting it dry overnight and doing a rub through to give it that vintage look.

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Changing colors

This 1959 Chevy pickup show up and the customer says he needs to get rid of the blue lettering, “it needs to be a different color”. He hates the blue and wants all the colors to be on the warm side. Oh ya and make sure to match the “aged” lettering technique that the other sign painter used. This truck is from Colorado and that’s were the lettering was done originally, Not by me. But now it’s my responsibility for fixing the issue with the wrong color choice. So I says “sure thing!” Here’s a set of photos to show the steps I took. I was able to removed the blue lettering completely before re-lettering the “custom machining” in brown. Fun job! And quick!

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Boat Registration Numbers

If you’re registering your new or used boat and need to have new registration numbers put on the bow along with the new registration stickers you now have an alternative to vinyl! Get paint! I can hand letter your new numbers and it’ll look a hell of a lot better than some cheap vinyl stickers that lacks character and any thought for placement, color and spacing. I use an oil based pinstripe/lettering enamel used in the sign painting industry for ages which holds up well to heat,cold,sun,water and will age with your boat and can also be touched up if need be without complete removal unlike vinyl lettering. Here’s a couple of pictures from a recent job featuring a script I enjoy using.

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The art of show cards

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I really enjoy doing these (this one’s a hand painted show sign that I painted on acrylic) and hope more people start to see the craft that it takes to make one of these. Looks a million times better than that printed vinyl crap you see to much of these days. The Grand National Roadster Show is coming up at the end of this month and if you get a chance to go to this wonderful event take the time and check out all the signs. Most are hand painted and lettered with the exception of the background color which is usually sprayed. You can bet you’re at a quality event when you don’t see many new sign shop tricks with print media and cut vinyl letters. Help keep the art alive and commission one for your Classic or Hotrod. All I need are pictures of the vehicle, specs, and who you want to commend on the build. I also ship worldwide so there’s no reason you can’t have one of these done by me. 3-4 week turnarounds.

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What Kinda Paint Do You Use?

Well that depends. What kind of paint job or artwork are you looking for? Everybody has there own way of doing things and in the art world there’s no lack of multiplicity when it comes to the processes and applications of the craft. In custom painting, when applying artwork that’s going to get a clear-coat applied over it for protection, I like to use HOK (House Of Kolor) pinstripe enamels for lettering and pinstripes. For airbrushing under the same circumstances I use a variety of urethane basecoats but mostly Spies Hecker toners. I know of other artists using the brand 1Shot for ALL pinstriping and lettering needs, under and over clear coats. That’s to dangerous for my taste. Using an oil based enamel and spraying a urethane clear over it is NOT ideal. I’m not saying it can’t be done just that it isn’t in the best interest of the parties involved. There are no hard set of rules but there has been a lot of trial and error research that should be listened to and applied in custom painting. It’s good to experiment, I do it all the time, mostly with my own projects because who wants to find out “that it doesn’t work” while working on a customers project. Not me!

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Cafe Style

blue Hondster

painted to match farring

I’m perging my facebook site and using the pictures I’ve posted there for some blogging here on ArizonaPinstriper.com. First in line is this picture of Brian’s original 78′ Honda KZ200. Well except for the front farring. He wanted a more streamline cafe look to this little go getter so we painted one up for him. The rest of the metal still had original paint work on it and was in great shape for being fourty some years old. So when Brian said let’s do a checkerboard pattern I started imagining the finished product matching the finish of the rest of the bike, as if it came direct from Honda. So with the help of Matt Howard who mixed and sprayed the pearl blue base and finished the clear coat with the exact orange peal as Honda was spraying in the 1970′s, I was able to layout the white checkers and fade them into the blue giving this little motorbike some cool!

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Frenchy’s “Hot Rod Lincoln”

I never get tired of seeing Frenchy’s 1932 ford. Mostly cause it boasts a Lincoln V 12 and has some great detail work. I also had the pleasure of painting a couple pin-ups on it last year and a whole bunch of pinstriping before that. It even has a little bit of hand lettering. I was going through my pictures the other day and ran across this one i shot of So-Cal Speed Shop’s founder, Alex Xydias sitting in the drivers seat and decided I should share it with you. This was taken last year in front of So Cal Speed Shop of Arizona here in Phoenix.

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Airbrushing skulls

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Testing out my updated wordpress app and decided to show you what I’ve been up to today. This is in the second stage of about five layers that I’ll do to achieve a more painterly look with a lot of depth. If you would like to see more of this behind the scenes stuff, just friend me on Facebook. I’m posting step by step photos of this job on there and more projects and happenings that never make it onto this site.

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WWII’s influence on Hot Rodding

I’ve been a big admirer of the generation my grandparents were a part of, those who went to war in World War II. Ever since I was a kid growing up watching actors like John Wayne, all the black and white films about the war, instilled an admiration for those old guys who fought for our freedom. When watching those films you knew who the good guy was and cheered him on because he stood six foot tall and had a weathered, honest, tough look about him. My grandfather was no Robert Mitchum but I admired him just the same because he was there. He did his part like so many who gave a part of their youth to participate in something greater.

So needless to say, bomber and fighter planes have always had an apeal to me and lately while investigating more about the early days of hot rodding and dry lakes raises a question. Which influenced the other in terms of graphics. Those simple numbers, hand painted on the sides of all those modifieds look a lot like the markings and identifying digits of those war birds now don’t they.

Thanks to those who have served, then and now.

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