Tip: Flames & Paint

GraphicsCar crafters have been dabbling with paint and graphics since the beginning. Rather than repainting your entire car, which for most of us takes a lot more than a weekend, consider complementing the existing paint with graphics of some sort. Flames have been popular forever and are currently enjoying a renaissance of sorts. Licks can be laid down freehand with a grease pencil or chalk (some guys like to do one side and then make a stencil of it to flip to the other side for symmetry) and then outlined with tape and paper before painting. Precut flame stencils are also available if you don’t trust your artistic ability. Paint can be applied from rattle cans or a proper spray gun. The design, coloring, and shading are all up to you.

Alternatives to flame jobs include airbrushed detail stripes, stenciled rally stripes, or a simple blacked-out hood or taillight panel. If you’ve got some creative talent, try something a little more intricate. Just remember-the overall idea is to enhance the car’s appearance, not destroy it. Sketch your ideas on paper first. Better yet, use your computer and alter photos of your car onscreen using Photoshop or similar image-manipulation software like we did for the illustrations that accompany this article.

An even simpler way to accent a car’s finish is to utilize factory stripes. Most of the cool muscle-era stripe packages are available today as reproductions. Some of the more basic stripe schemes were painted on, while the more intricate stuff was usually done with decals. These days, repro stencils and decals are offered for even the most obscure musclecars. Some outfits also offer computer-designed replicas of factory stripes with custom lettering to suit phantom models, e.g., an SS502- or 451-powered Road Runner.

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