I mentioned doing this step by step thread awhile ago on my build thread, but as usual got side tracked with day to day life, so without further ado, or slacking, I present you, the best I can do, a step by step custom paint thread for a chance to win some new goodies from some of the HAMB's best vendors! if your reading this, I can only assume you are interested in custom paint. candies, patterns, flake, endless lines, fans, shells, quilts, etc etc. im heavily influenced by the late 60's-late 70's low-rider, hippy van, psychedelic days. lets assume your project is painted and already cleared, if it is a new project, you'll at least want to intercoat clear it for these next steps. next step, get you lots of tape, a tape measure, both regular metal and a flexible one for rounded panels, pencil, some making paper, masking tape, inter coat clear, flakes, candy paint, regular clear coat, 320 da paper, lace, low tack spray glue 3m #77 or cheaper, wax and grease remover, oh ya lots of tape! start off with getting your panels all sanded down with 320 grit dry paper on a da machine, or 400 wet. clean your panels really good. tape up your panels you want flaked. be sure to cover and mask up anything you do not want flake on, it gets everywhere and you don't have a lot of control when it starts flying. I used inter coat clear on the truck, but regular clear will work if you are only doing a flake job and are not concerned about material build up thickness. you can over reduce clear also to get it to thin out. depending on the flake size and how thick you mix your flakes,you'll want to adjust you tip size accordingly. once all your panels are cleaned, start your tape outs. do your outlines in the 3 m blue tape, that seems to offer the cleanest lines with the least amount of bleed threw. you can use green or yellow tape after the first line is layied down. all iwata guns where used on this. 1.4, 1.8, 2.2, and a 3.0 tipped hvlp guns. there is 3 different sized flakes on this, all from denotnator here on the hamb, and on layitlow forum. good dude, great products.