Originally Posted by revo523
Well fellas i finished my body and this is my first try at airbrushing i need some more practice with the xacto knife but after all i had a good time doing this cant wait to paint my next body. I want to thank Serpentd for helping me out, tell me what you think dude.
Well this was the pattern that i picked but for some reason when i started to pill off the liquid mask it came off with the paint that i sprayed so i said f@$#$#cked it and i change my pattern with something a little easier for me
Let me know what yall think!
DUDE....VERY NICE!!! I see your fading and stuff, and looks nice and consistant. Great gob and nice colors. You did great for your first time bro! Like SacWolf said, it's al about practice from here on out my friend.
By the way, I am still looking for a good air compressor for you for cheap. Looks like $100 is the cheapest I am finding, but they are not air brush compressors. Just small air compressors that actual look like they are putting out more PSI then the cheap airbrush ones. You want something to go to at least 75 PSI for that Faskolor. 50 and 60 will work, but just as well look for something that will handle it all you know. Plus some of the ones I am finding also have a air tank rather then a pump that never shuts off. The ones with a tank are much quieter then the others without a tank.
As far as the paint peeling off...hmmm. Well it could be a few things. First, make sure you clean out the body VERY well with a degreaser type soap and use a sponge or whatever to clean it out well. Then dry it with a towel. I usually swing the body up and down fast to sort of air dry it first to get the majority or water off, then wipe it with a paper towel or something that won't leave little fuzzys.
Next, after I cut out my design and peel that part away, I'm ready for my first amount of paint. The very first coat or two you want VERY thin. Sometimes it's so thin that you can barely even see the color of the paint. You want to build it up very slow at first. The first coat will determine how well the paint sticks to the body.After two thin coats that dry almost immediately, I start to put on a little bit thicker medium coats.
Now here is the trick. If you have TOO MANY coats on, it almost becomes one with the masking and can lift off. This is why we use different colors to back it to make it opaque. Otherwise it could take 15-20 coats for certain colors to make it dark enough. You want just enough coats on to the point when you apply your backer coat (white, silver...etc) this backer coat will highlight the first color. It just takes a bit of experience to learn when to put on your backer coat for each color. I will sometimes put a whit towel behind the paint and see how it looks and wheather or not I need more coats. But a good rule of thumb is to have around 5 coats and then 2 backer coats. Make sure that the first 2 of the 5 are your VERY thin coats. Colors like flourescents, I do more like 7 or 8 thin coats, maybe more, never medium coats. But I need to keep them thin and build up the color slow, so it doesn't peel away when you need to peel you next section of of masking.
Also, make sure it dries FULLY before every coat. I put my bodies in front of one of those little personal heaters for a few minutes. If you don't have one of those, a hair dryer will work just as well.
Last thing, If you keep coming across your paint lifting some, go ahead and scuff the inside of the body with some fine steel wool, blow it off and then put on your masking. Now this will make the body look dull, but the only color that is affected by scuffs or scratches is Chrome. You won't notice the scuffing with ANY other color. This will give the paint something more to bite to. And it works VERY well!
Dude, I hope this helps you out for your next body, because that design you had going at first was sic looking! I don't want you to waste all that time on cool shit and not have it work out. Its hard at times, but the more patients you have with a pain job, the better it will turn out and also stick to the body when you hit shit. Also, it takes practice, but with that first design you had going, I would use one of those "swivle" type X-Acto knives. They flow very smooth for intrecate detail work like what you had originally. But they suck bad for any straight lines. If you have longer wavy type lines then use your regular X-Acto knife and sort of twist or spin it slowly in your hand to make it change directions. Try not to stop and reposition the blade. Like on bigger flames, plus if you go outside of your original lines, don't trip, just let it flow rather then trying to stay on your markings perfect.
I will keep you updated when I find that right aircompressor that I think will be good for you in the $100 dollar range.
Good luck my friend and I hope this helps out somewhat. Talk soon bro, and let me know if you have any questions along the way. I'll be here for you and everyone else! Later.
Sorry so long winded, but you all know me by now.
I just hope it made some sence!