This is a the hood of a Chevy Lumina MiniVan I hand painted w/ enamel automotive paints. In order to do this, I developed a hand brushing technique for use with Dupont Centari Enamel Automotive Paints, otherwise known as 'Applied Insanity.' The process is like “pin striping” an entire vehicle, and has been called "impossible," "foolish," and "insane" by the experts I queried during my research. (The head of the Automotive Refinishing Department at Dunwoody Technical College thought it couldn’t be done.) They were correct about one thing – the process is insane, but the result is worth it. To the best of my knowledge, I am the only person doing this type of painting. The look certainly cannot be achieved with spraying.
Success with this technique requires precision, improvisation, and most importantly – endurance! The paint dries so fast you can see it drying behind your brush. If you don’t move quickly enough, your brush will glue itself to the vehicle. It requires the painter to literally run around the vehicle with little dabs of paint for 16-hour shifts in a respirator and full protective gear. It is exhausting work. The experience is like going from a thin ink-like consistency to a thickened dry brush acrylic feel, within minutes. Once a stroke is laid down, there is no changing it. The result is an ensemble of millions of strokes interplaying to create a singular impression.
I’ve survived two of these “art car” jobs. A 1966 VW Beetle painted like a giant turtle, dubbed the “Turtle Bug,” for composer Brent Michael Davids (name similarity is just a bizarre coinsidence), and a 1997 Chevy Lumina Mini-Van painted as a giant fish tank for Liz Fish & Fish Cleaning Co.
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