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DIY Metal Flake Paint - Custom Metalflake Paint

Don't Let The Custom Guys Have All The Fun- Get Attention With

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Red Camaro, orange Camaro, blue Mustang-is this you? We look at 5,000 cars during the Car Craft Summer Nats alone, so we've seen every type of paint job imaginable. The musclecar hobby is making a huge comeback since the import scene ebbed a bit, so that means more competition at car shows for that glittering trophy (if you are into that sort of thing) and more guys vying for that crowd of dudes offering street cred.

Last summer the things that got the most attention, aside from ludicrous power from surging big-blocks, were interesting and different applications of hot rodding mainstays, most notably custom paint. Now let's not get crazy here; we're not talking full candy glitter and murals of nekkid Aztec warriors enjoying the lamentations of the women. We are suggesting you use techniques from other motor-vehicle cultures in small doses to sweeten up your ride. Just don't overdo it.

Since we've only heard of such techniques and never really tried them, we called Pete Santini of Santini Paint and Body Werkes in Westminster, California, to get a lesson on something that isn't just a coat of base and a coat of clear. Please use sparingly.

What about metallics?
The difference between metallic paint and metalflake, as Santini puts it, is "the difference between fine sugar and the chunky healthy stuff." If you want to see stuff in the paint, use metalflake; if you want a little more shine, use metallic. "If you want chocolate milk, put chocolate in the milk," says Santini.

Pressures
We asked if there are special air-pressure considerations when shooting flake. Santini says that he likes to run 25-30 psi at the trigger, which translates to 6-8 at the fluid tip. You can regulate the pressure using the trigger. Using less air keeps the flake from bouncing and tumbling on the surface.

PRODUCTS
DESCRIPTION PRICE
House of Kolor MF-2 Silver Mini Flake, 3 oz. $50.00*
Little Daddy Roth Surflite Silver Flake 12.95**
Little Daddy Roth Lil Surflite Silver Flake 12.95**
House of Kolor Shimrin Orion Silver base, qt. 41.99*
House of Kolor UFC-35 Flo-Klear, 1 gal. 191.99*
SATAjet 3000 paint gun 450.00 local paint store
*prices quoted from Eastwood
**prices quoted from Vintage Ford
SOURCES
Sacramento Vintage Ford
916-853-2244
www.vintageford.com
Santini Paint & Body Werkes
Westminster
CA
Eastwood
263 Shoemaker Road
Pottstown
PA  19464
1-800-345-1178
www.eastwoodco.com
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