December '18

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DECEMBER 2018 THE SHOP 55 of the overspray area. Use the airbrush to make the transition. For pearl or metallic colors, it gets a little trickier. Some of these colors blend better than others. If working over a candy base, then you really have to pay close attention to the overspray during the fire application. When airbrushing, make sure to aim the airbrush toward the fire and use less air pres- sure. After applying each layer, take extra time to wipe down the area with pre-cleaner, then use a 3,000-grit foam pad to wet-sand back the edge of the overspray. JOANN BORTLES is an award- winning custom painter, air- brush artist, welder/fabricator, tech writer and photojournalist with over 30 years of experi- e n c e i n t h e a u t o m o t i v e industry. She is the author of seven books on automotive, motorcycle and custom painting. Her work has been featured in numerous automotive and motorcycle publications, NBC News, The Today Show, MuscleCar TV and Motor City Masters. JoAnn owns Crazy Horse Custom Paint. Traditional rallye stripes get a non-tradi- tional style by morphing into real fire. Real fire combined with traditional flames separates this two-tone. Don't forget about the embers! The little embers are what really give the fire its spark and realism. SHOP_Dec18_emissions.indd 1 10/19/18 11:22 AM

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