Flaming Lawnmower Paint Job

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Over a summer or two, matteo and I repaired an old lawnmower that we found on the side of the road. We decided to give it a sweet flame paint job. It was good practice for painting something bigger like a car, and also let us try out some airbrushing techniques. Before any of the painting could be done, we had to grind away much of the rust and old paint, which is not pictured here. We also had to rivet plates where the wheels attach, as the holes had become worn and broken where the wheels attach- probably why it was thrown out.

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    JamesM480

    3 years ago

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    kodiwoedee

    3 years ago

    That is a SWEET grasschopper!

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    ebergh

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, great flame job! Your slide show does an excellent job of showing the steps involved in creating the multi-colored flames. Still takes a lot of artistic talent to do such a nice job! My step son, Yoshi, did a flame job on our old Wheelhorse garden tractor back in Vermont several summers ago... thought you might enjoy seeing a picture of it... -eb

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    Scumm7ebergh

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    That tractor is truly awesome. Thanks for sharing the picture!

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    eberghScumm7

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! That was his first "flame job" too. We were back at the family camp, so all he had to work with was masking tape, an x-acto knife and rattle cans - came our really nice! It sure makes it fun to go out an mow or roto-till!

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    mpikas

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Looks good... one old school rodding trick that will really make the flames pop is to pick a contrasting color (usually something that you would think of as unnatural) and pinstripe the edges of the flames.  It smooths out any rough lines and gives you a little leeway to add weight to where you need it and take away where you don't, and from a distance you don't really notice it, you just notice that the flames are more noticeable.  In your case I would try lime or grass green...

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    sampmac93

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hey! That turned out really well. Is there anything you changed in the way you did it from the way I did it in the slideshow? I often wonder if people actually make the things I've posted- well now I know!

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    pmac93sam

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I planned on following your directions and did the same taping technique, but I used spray paint to yellow the tips......and my drawing style is different so it turned out having smaller flames than yours.

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    Yerboogieman

    11 years ago on Introduction

    this is a serious question, id that really a lawn mower or a kids lawn mower toy? (im not talking about the paint job)

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    pmac93

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I just sprayed the base coat.....I'll post a pic when l'm done

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    GorillazMiko

    11 years ago on Introduction

    burn the grass! haha just kidding. your lawnmower looks cool with those flames :)

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    canida

    11 years ago on Introduction

    That's awesome! Looks like a perfect test-project for painting flames. I'd always wondered how that was properly done- now I want to paint some flames on my old Volvo wagon. ;)