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    Contributed by: Matt Frederick | Published: April 2004 | Views: 92320 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    How To Paint a Ghost Shadow

    by: Matt Frederick

    “Ghost Shadow ”

    Hello everybody. After seeing a few bodies with "Ghost Flames" and a few posts on them in the forums here I decided to put together a step-by-step how-to. Enjoy, please feel free to shoot me questions.

    I started out with a fully prepped body, a Chrysler 300M. I scrubed the body with a green kitchen scrubber, then wiped it all down with alcohol.
    I laid out a flames pattern and cut it with my vinyl cutter. You could cut out the flames out of a quality masking tape, or use liquid mask and then cut out the flames yourself.
    Here it is with the first mask applied. Note that I was pretty clumsy with the solid areas of mask. As long as the painted edge of the mask is down good, it should work OK. However, if you were going to cut more designs out of the mask once its on the car, you would want to make sure that all of your mask was applied properly.
    I sprayed a thin layer of Fascolor Faschange Purple. In retrospect I would have applied an even thinner layer.
    Here it is, as seen from the outside. At this point I know that I'm backing it with white. If I was using a darker backing color, a very thin coat would be all that's needed.
    Here's the second mask applied.

    Here's the inside of the car with the second layer of Faschange Purple.You'll note that this layer is thinner.

    And here's the third flames mask applied.
    Again, sprayed with a light coat of Faschange Purple. This is the view from the outside. It'll change a lot once its backed with white.
    With all of the Faschange Purple dry and flame masks removed I sprayed a light coat of Faskolor Fasflip Jade. This color has some nice gold and green flakes in it. I'm still experimenting on different colors, and it does create some nice effects.
    And here's the first "sticking" layer of white. Note that I used Fascolor White instead of Faspearl White. I've found the pearlescent colors to be a bit too transparent sometimes. Any of you that read through my "Zebra" car will remember that.
    Well, here it is with a number of coats of white. I apply this kind of layer full-strength, and enough coats to be entirely opaque. I judge paint opacity by holding it up to the light. Any areas that appear too light get another shot of paint.
    Here's a close up shot of some of the flames in the Faschange Purple and the Fasflip Jade. I really like the Faschange Purple, and I've had better luck with it than with any of the other Faschange colors I've tried, some just seem to be a bit too opaque. For the Faschange purple, a light color like white in this example works extremely well. I'll note that Faschange Blue also looks great when backed by Fascolor Yellow.
    Now I carefully cut the window trim on the inside of the window mask. I'm going to spray this with silver window frames to add another layer of detail.
    After the silver, I pulled the back window masking and the rear passenger windows and sprayed everything with a couple coats of black.
    Here's another detail shot with the window frames and the flames. I'm pretty pleased with how this is looking.
    One of my favorite parts, cutting decals. Really. The little Dynamite curved scissors work great, but I think I'm going to try and track down some Teflon coated ones.

    Well, here it is. I decided to keep the stickers VERY simple. I've got a fair amount of them stocked up, but since this body was all about the flames, I kept them to a minimum. A fluorescent orange wing adds a final splash. I cut the front wheel wells pretty tight, and since I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the body at this point, I haven't mounted it, or cut rear wheel wells.

    What do you guys think? Would love to see your examples as well.

    Visit the RCU Painting, Detailing & Bodies Forum for more info. or to post
    your ideas or paint schemes.

    © 2004 Matt Frederick

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