Synopses & Reviews
Bortles covers everything from basic prep work to advanced finishing techniques. The techniques and processes can be used on any type of motorcycle from a production road bike to a custom chopper with extravagant bodywork. Among the topics covered are bodywork preparation, paint selection and preparation, a variety of painting techniques, and post-application follow-up techniques to put the best finish on a great paint job.
Thunder Press, May 2006
“With How to Paint Your Motorcycle, she [Bortles] actually does a thorough and comprehensible job of showing you how to … gasp … paint your own motorcycle. And paint it really, really good. She should know how, too. As the celebrated proprietress and maitre d’art of Crazy Horse Painting, JoAnn has produced scores of world-class custom paint jobs and garnered a reputation for excellence in a tough industry.
“She does all this in a very human and conversational tone, offering encouragement and perspective along with her expertise, and coming across as equal parts master painter and life coach. She’s liberal with anecdotes of her own past screw-ups, disillusionments and inverted learning curves on some techniques, which go a long way toward dispelling any illusions that the task of painting a custom scooter requires any special gift beyond patience, persistence, practice and knowledge of the materials involved.”
American Iron Magazine, September 2006
“An informative guide … Unlike many other purported how-to guides, which focus primarily on the end result, this book addresses the beginning, middle, and end steps of a given project.
“The text is clearly written and accompanied by numerous photos … [It’s] the best alternative to actually being in a classroom with JoAnn.”
This book covers topics including bodywork preparation, paint selection and preparation, a variety of painting techniques, and post-application follow-up techniques to put the best finish on a great paint job.
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 five 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.