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Photo 3/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames paint Prep | Arriving at Westcoast Racecraft, in Phoenix, Scott Bevan began the paint prep process by first disassembling the truck, wet-sanding the body, wiping down the body with a tack rag, and then taping off the areas that were not to be painted.
Photo 4/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames westcoast Racecraft Rendering | Then it was time for "Bigg" Mike Royall, of Airbrushzone, to step in and start working his magic based off of the supplied rendering.
Photo 5/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames fine 3M Green Tape | Using fine 3M green tape, Mike began laying out...
Photo 6/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames flame Pattern | ...the flame pattern on the hood and sides.
Photo 7/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames paper Sheet Transfer | Typically, Mike would then use large sheets of paper and chalk to leave an impression of the flame pattern (from the taped-off edges) and then place the paper on cardboard and go back and use a pounce wheel on the paper to leave small holes for the flame pattern outline. The paper is then transferred onto the truck and powder is applied to the paper and it seeps through the pounce wheel punctures. This in turn creates an identical flame pattern on the other side of the truck to be taped off. For this Yukon however, he opted to go freehand on each side.
Photo 8/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames secondary Hood Flames | With the flame pattern recreated on the hood and sides...
Photo 9/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames secondary Side Flames | ...Mike began laying the secondary flames that will be painted silver and will appear to be behind the candy red primary flames.
Photo 10/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames scratch Basecoat | One of Mike's tricks of the trade is to slightly scratch the primary flame pattern into the basecoat with an X-Acto knife.
Photo 11/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames x Acto Knife | This allows a sharp edge to be present in the basecoat after the first color is applied and makes differentiating the silver areas and areas that need to be taped off for the red flames much easier.
Photo 12/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames large Sheet Tape | Once he had scratched the primary edges into the basecoat, Mike applied large sheets of tape and then proceeded to squeegee it flat onto the body, eliminating bubbles.
Photo 13/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames masked Areas | He could then start weeding out the flame pattern to be sprayed silver. The areas masked off are the areas that will remain the original basecoat silver. It may look tricky, but all the areas not covered in tape will receive the House of Kolor Orion Silver.
Photo 14/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames house Of Kolor Products | Mike was now ready to move onto the actual painting process. For best results, he used paint products exclusively from House of Kolor, with the primary colors being Orion Silver, Apple Red Kandy, and ample amounts of Mini Silver Flake.
Photo 15/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames HOK Mini Silver Flake | House of Kolor MF02 Mini Silver Flake was added to the BC02 Orion Silver basecoat to give the silver flames instant appeal in the sunshine.
Photo 16/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames tack Cloth | Before a drop of paint was sprayed, the entire surface was wiped down using a tack cloth.
Photo 17/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames HOK Orion Silver Basecoat | Then Mike sprayed several coats of Orion Silver (with the Mini Metal Flake) onto the Yukon. To clear up any confusion, the Orion Silver will serve two purposes: one is for the secondary flame color and the other is for the primary Apple Red Kandy's basecoat.
Photo 18/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames taped Scratched Areas | With the paint dried, Mike went back and located the areas where he had scratched the original basecoat with the X-Acto knife and taped off those lines with green tape. This will mask off the newly-painted Orion Silver flames and leave the surface area to be painted Apple Red Kandy.
Photo 19/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames mixed Paints | Mike then mixed up the House of Kolor KK11-C02 Apple Kandy Red and he even added some of the MF02 Mini Silver Flake for added shimmer in the sun. Mike prefers to go heavy with KK11 Kandy for a really trick effect.
Photo 20/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames HOK Apple Kandy Red | Paint pot filled, Mike began spraying the Yukon with the Apple Kandy Red mixture.
Photo 21/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames silver Masked Off | Even with the silver areas still masked off, you still get a good idea of what the red flames will look like.
Photo 22/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames removed Tape | Next up, the arduous task of removing the yards and yards of tape.
Photo 23/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames paint Scheme | This part was one of the most exciting as the colors began to come to life and the flame scheme realized.
Photo 24/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames clear Coats | Almost ready for its close-up, the flames were cleared with four coats of House of Kolor UFC35 Kosmic Klear urethane clear coat.
Photo 25/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames block Sanding | After Scott Bevan finished up block-sanding the entire Yukon, Ron Hernandez stepped in and applied his steady hand to the project by way of pinstriping each lick with House of Kolor Striping and Lettering Enamel U12 Silver and U03 Red.
Photo 26/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames airbrush Drop Shadow | Mike then once again took over and applied the airbrushed drop-shadow to each appropriate flame.
Photo 27/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames flame Depth | This gave the flames depth and made them really pop off of the basecoat and also helped separate them from the overlapping licks.
Photo 28/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames HOK Kosmic Klear | Satisfied with every last drop of paint, the entire Yukon was again cleared with UFC35 Kosmic Klear.
Photo 29/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames buff And Polish | Scott Bevan applied the finishing touch by wet-sanding each surface and then buffing and polishing the Yukon to an incredible shine.
Photo 30/30 | 2007 GMC Yukon Custom Painted Flames left Side Angle | Out in the Arizona sunshine, the House of Kolor's paint glistens, and the long flames add some real hot-rod appeal to the newer Yukon.