How to Paint Flames

Learning how to paint flames may not be as difficult as you might think. First, using 600 grit sandpaper, wet-sand the area where you will be applying your paint.

After you are finished sanding your vehicle, it is time to format the flames. You have four choices on how to start your flames. You can buy stencils, make your own stencils, draw your flames onto your vehicle using a pencil or freeform using tape. Stencils, whether you buy them or make them yourself, will help you keep your design more symmetrical on both sides of the car. If you want, you can buy a kit that includes stencils as well as most, if not all, of the supplies that you will need to complete your paint job.

Get some 1/8" tape and outline your flames, using your fingers to guide the tape along. Next, fill in the areas where you don't want new paint with wider masking tape, taking care that the tape is overlapping and pressed firmly to the surface of your vehicle. The spray paint should not be able to leak through any gaps in the tape.

For your best bet, spray the exposed surface with an adhesion promoter, following the manufacturer's instructions. Then, it is time to spray your flames.

Make sure that you don't over-paint when spray painting. Instead of blasting the surface with color, do a couple of even, thin layers. When your base color, perhaps orange or red, dries, add your accents.

When you remove the masking tape, pull the tape away from the paint. Then clean off the tape "leftovers" with pre-cleaner on a clean rag, making sure that you don't accidentally hit your new paint job.

The next step is to spray clear per the manufacturer's instructions. You'll probably need several coatings before the job is done. You should not be able to feel the any of the edges of the flames' paint through the clear when you finish.

Wet-sand again with 600 grit sand paper. Switch to 500 grit sand paper when there aren't any ridges left in the clear.

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