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Metal flake flames & Candy pearls

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by EXK, May 14, 2011.

  1. Here is a sneek peek of the paint work on Tim's 51 Merc. He orginally wanted us to paint it boring black :( but the kustom bug has bitten him and he has changed his mind :D:D. We based it all in gun metal black then coated that with a mix of blue, green and purpel pearls that will be top off with a few coats of blue candy but before we do the candy we needed to do the flame lay out. We painted the flames in metal flake with a mix of colors gun metal, blue and purpel & sizes sm and med. The flames will be a mild gost but they will just out at you in the sun light.

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  2. 1950-mercury
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
    Posts: 534


    That going to be a good looking mercury. Love the paint job. Keep us updated!!
  3. 71buickfreak
    Joined: Sep 26, 2006
    Posts: 609

    from Oklahoma

    I am doing something similar with my 62 Comet wagon.
  4. maniacounty
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 10


    nice paint job !!!!!

  5. enfieldjoe
    Joined: Jun 5, 2009
    Posts: 839

    from Eustis, FL

    I had the same idea: paint my 51 Merc Black. After seeing this Blue, I have to consider some other color. Have always been a fan of the color Blue. Nice work!
  6. NOTCH
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
    Posts: 663


    Man! looks good! I just had a flash back!
    I did the flame job on steves 50 coupe back in the day and I remember counting 177 flame tips. Ha! my eyes were all crossed up!
    but the tape job you did just reminded me how we did it!
    Awesome work!
  7. Got a few coats of inner candy and one coat of shinney candy to check for color evenness (dark or light spots. It came out great so we can now due a few more shinney candy top coats to add a little more depth to the candy affect.

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  8. Ghost flames suck! Streetrod crap! Ruins a nice looking car,IMO. Hope that wasn't your idea.
  9. John Denich
    Joined: Nov 20, 2005
    Posts: 2,718

    John Denich

    Looks great.....I like it!
  10. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,303

    hombres ruin

    I agree with bob it's such a street rod move . The blue itself looks great.
  11. 76formulafiend
    Joined: Feb 26, 2011
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  12. PhatCaddy
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,453


    Got to see it in person cause I'm sure pictures can't do it justice. Great job.
  13. Master of None
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,279

    Master of None

    What paint system are you using?
  14. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,877

    from omaha ne.

    Pictures in the bright sun and shadows pleeeease!:DOr at night:)
  15. Not sure what you are asking. It's all solvent base no water
  16. HRod 50
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 760

    HRod 50

    Great Job Rick, it looks great..

    IMO, I think ghost flames are cool, the reason being, personally I think the only thing that should have flames are Hot rods from the 20's and 30's, everything else looks tacky, but if you have to have them, subtly works. It shows, your old school cause anyone with flames is old school, but you dont want to over power the lines of the car with distracting flames. I think flames only work on the squarish cars from the 20's and 30's. Thos cars look similar to the front of the old fighter planes of that era. The flames were to emulate an airplane engine on fire, from what Ive been told. Just my 2 cents, but what do I know I'm new school.. hahaha...
  17. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,943

    from shelton ct

    i think he's asking what brand of paint.
  18. Thats a hard one to answer but i will try. The base black is hoc the blue/purple pearl base is a blend of sem. The candy consetrate is also an blend mostly sem but also has some hoc. The metal flake is also a blend of the real stuff metal flake brand mixed with the new old school flake.
  19. Tim64
    Joined: Mar 4, 2010
    Posts: 37


    Thanks, HRod 50! Its my car. By the way this Tim. Flames can over power the lines of the
    merc. I don't consider these ghost flames. How many hod rods do you see with metal flake flames in a candy paint job. I want to see the lines of the car and when the sun hits the metal flake it will pop! Ghost flames don't pop! I also agree with phatcaddy because the pics are not color true nor the look. No offense bad bob but your flames are not my style. Too plain too ordinary! This merc is a KUSTOM, 1 off only. It will be driven, and be at local shows. If you don't like it's ok but I do!!!! When the paint gets screwed up maybe I'll change it who knows. It's a merc its all good!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  20. robleticia
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 2,497


    "its a street rod", blah, blah, blah! Get over it! That is one sweet looking ride, I cant wait to see more pics of it when its outside in the sun. And the color is way cool! Its a fucking Merc, you almost CAN'T make it look bad if you wanted too! Now hurry up and post some more pics!
  21. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,040

    Member Emeritus

    Ghost flames, tricky one.Flake flames, abso-frickin-lutely affirmative :cool:

    looks like it's going to be one hell of a Kustom Merc.
  22. Don't get me wrong.....I like the car,I like the color. I just don't care for ghost flames. When my Merc was all black,it blended in with the other 5-6 black Mercs at shows. That's why I wanted it to stand out. If your flames were any other color,it would ruin the look of the car. I went with all one color,so it wouldn't look like a 60's or 70's build.
    I'm looking forward to seeing it in person.
  23. davidbistolas
    Joined: May 21, 2010
    Posts: 962


    I did this to a set of harley tins a few years back. it was a negative mask, so there were NO flakes where the flames were. At dusk, it looked black. In bright sunlight, it popped out.

    I intend to do the same with my '51, in blue. I don't think it's "Street Rod" ish. (What the hell does that mean anyway?)

    Actual flames are a little to 'over the top' for my taste. I think they look AWESOME on other peoples cars. Just not on mine.
  24. lan240
    Joined: Aug 9, 2010
    Posts: 133

    1. 37-38 Chevys

    That looks great.
  25. Great work, well thought out. should give you the "pop" you are after. For years I have explored the reinvention of the flames and this thought just washed across my mind.Here goes..... Small 3D water droplets painted within the tapeout of the flames on a black or dark car? Hmm... :cool::eek::)
  26. Heres a little up date. Just layed down 2 coats of the outter shinney blue candy and one coat of clear. As you can see the flames are not a true ghost. You can definitly see them even in low light but i bet you will see them big time in direct sunlight

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  27. olds vroom
    Joined: Jan 29, 2010
    Posts: 984

    olds vroom

    Love the color and the flames awsome job
  28. Tim64
    Joined: Mar 4, 2010
    Posts: 37


    Mr. Bad Bob, Fair enough. Look forward to meeting you at a show. I just can't wait to finally get this merc on the road. My mind is already rollin into the next project (50 merc) Hopefully.
  29. Just did the dash in metal flake with the flames in candy. Sorry the pics are not so good as its hard to get good pic's of flake especialy in the booth

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