Synopses & Reviews
Whatever the vehicle--from classic hot rod to pick-up to chopper--a custom paint job sets it apart. But not all paint jobs are created equal, so how can you tell which style, technique, or scheme will suit the unique demands of your vehicle and budget? Before making a big investment--whether you’re hiring a painter or doing the job yourself--turn to this book for a clear idea of what works and what doesn’t.
Drawing on years of experience running her own custom painting shop, JoAnn Bortles reviews the full array of options for paints, graphics, and effects. In an easygoing and engaging manner, and with photographs to illustrate her points, she explains the tools and techniques that apply in various paint schemes and shows what might work especially well in certain situations and for particular vehicles.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, considering color combinations or graphics, or simply wondering what to look for in a local paint shop, this book will answer your questions--and help you get the custom paint job that’s perfect for you.
Custom painting offers endless possibilities and choices. From intense candy colors to subtle graphics that barely call attention to themselves, the tools and paints available today can make anyone’s custom ride stand out. But where do you start? A custom paint job is one of the most expensive and time-consuming steps of any build. You’ll either spend hours and hours of your own time, or you’ll pay a paint shop thousands, even tens of thousands, of dollars. Your paint job is the first thing people will notice. How can you be sure you’ll be happy with it?
Award-winning painter and author JoAnn Bortles helps you make your decision with The Custom Painting Idea Book. Compiling over 750 photos of dazzling custom paint jobs, and drawing on first-hand experience, JoAnn explains the nature of color, graphic patterns, what’s pleasing to the eye and what isn’t, and how to make the right choice in custom paint. If you’re planning a custom build or a new paint job for on your favorite ride, this is the place to start.
An illustrated guide to the paints, graphics, effects, tools, and techniques of custom painting for all sorts of vehicles.
Before investing in a custom paint job--whether you’re hiring a painter or doing the job yourself--turn to this book for a clear idea of what works and what doesn’t. Drawing on years of experience running her own custom painting shop, JoAnn Bortles reviews the full array of options for paints, graphics, and effects. In an easygoing manner, and with photographs to illustrate her points, she explains the tools and techniques that apply in various paint schemes and shows what might work especially well in certain situations and for particular vehicles.
About the Author
JoAnn Bortles is a nationally recognized and award winning custom painter. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines and she has written four books on custom painting techniques for Motorbooks, including the bestselling How to Master Airbrush Painting Techniques. She lives and works in Waxhaw, North Carolina, running her own custom painting shop, Crazy Horse Painting.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What Makes a Paint Job Good?
Chapter 2: How to Chose Your Paint and Painter
Chapter 3: Finding the Right Color
Chapter 4: Finding the Most Effective Design
Chapter 5: Color and Design
Chapter 6: Solid Color as an Art Form—Motorcycles
Chapter 7: Solid Color as an Art Form—Cars and Trucks
Chapter 8: Flames and Motorcycles
Chapter 9: Flames on Cars, Trucks, and Streetrods
Chapter 10: Graphics on Motorcycles
Chapter 11: Four-Wheeled Works of Graphic Art
Chapter 12: Murals on Motorcycles
Chapter 13: Murals on Four Wheels
Chapter 14: Old Paint?
Chapter 15: The Very Best