|I've been drawing since I was a kid, have worked in various media from soapstone to pastels, and have now been painting vehicles for 13 years. Wanting to paint my own motorcycle years ago was my inspiration to learn how to airbrush. After a solid year of practice, the usual trial and error and some very good guidance from other airbrush professionals I painted my bike. Satisfied with the results I then started doing work for other people. I wanted to be confident in my work before I painted for anyone else. Since then I've painted everything from running shoes to dump trucks.|
|On the bodywork side of things I was fortunate to work at Hammersteel Rustorations and learn from one of the best in the business, Bob Forrester. Many of our cars were shown at various car shows like "Motion" in Toronto. Only perfect was good enough.|
|Mobile service is available, I can come out and work at your shop or paint a wall in your home or business.|
CraZeePaint offers custom design ideas so I can offer every client something unique. I really like working with people to arrive at the design they want, whether they have a good idea of what they want or a rough concept that needs fine tuning. In addition I also offer glass etching, although there is no color in this work it can be as detailed as airbrush art, I will be adding some of that to the gallery soon.
All my work is proudly guaranteed and of the highest quality.
|The custom painting process (done properly) is a lot more involved than just grabbing a tank and painting a cool picture on it. Many factors determine the time, and thus cost, involved in a job. I hope this section will give you a bit of knowledge on what is actually involved in a quality custom paint job.|
|What is involved in prepping? Depending on the surface to be painted preperation can be as simple as wetsanding the existing paint or as involved as taking a tank down to bare metal and repairing dents before priming, wetsanding and spraying a basecoat to work on. If your existing paint is in good shape and you like the color there is no reason why it cannot be used as the base surface. If it is chipped or bodywork needs to be done the process gets more involved (and would then be more costly).|
|After prep and base paint the piece is ready for artwork. The time involved depends on the complexity of the design|
|Once the art is finished the piece must be clearcoated with a good automotive grade clearcoat. Spray can clearcoat will not last, nor will it provide the depth of finish or shine that marks a great paint job. Using the proper clearcoat and applying 4-6 coats also ensures the paint will be resistant to fading and chipping. After the piece is clearcoated it will be wetsanded and buffed to increase shine even further and remove any small imperfections.
Your paint job is then ready to show off!
|How much does a paint job cost?||There is no one answer! Basically the cost depends on the time involved. A simple flame job takes less time and is less expensive than a whole bike covered in tiny skulls, for example. If you have a budget in mind let me know and I can design something to fit that budget. Once we have a design and I know the surface I will be working on then I can give you a firm price.|
|How long does a custom paint job take?||This varies wildly depending on the complexity of the design, from a few days to a few weeks!|
|Can I get my own bodywork or base/clear done then bring the parts to you for the art?||Sure! Most bodyshops will do a good job, I can recommend a couple in the area. I will not work on spray can painted parts due to durability issues.|
|Can you skip sanding or other prep to save time or money?||Yes I actually DO get asked this, and the answer is NO! Poor prep=poor paint. Period.|
|Do I have to remove the parts to be painted from my bike?||Yes, to ensure the entire part is clearcoated, this prevents peeling. Also avoids any accidental overspray on chrome or any dust from sanding and prep work finding it's way into your carbuerator etc, etc.|
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