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    KeeleDesign

    Number of posts : 47
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    Registration date : 2009-04-04

    Airbrushed Valve Cover Art

    Post by KeeleDesign on Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:54 am

    I am unsure how many of you care about your engine bay... but i enjoy experimenting with airbrush art on valve covers.. I am about to post a ton of pictures of a few i have done, i do not have photos of all of them.

    I would like to dedicate this thread for you to show yours off as well.

    to start off this is a thread dedicated to valve covers and their appearence.. the ones i post are ones i have done for some of you and for others.
    Please post your setup with yours. :tu:
    show them off!!!

    Their are many ways to prep your cover, and in time i will post up my step by step process... goodluck on your covers

    step 1. obtain preffered cover.

    step 2. clean the heck out of the cover top and bottom with degreasers such as, oven cleaner, laquere thinner, mineral spirits, gasoline, paint stripper, etc.. their shouldn't be any grease residue on it at all when you have finished.

    step 3. shave any leatters or holesdown flush, and use an angle grinder with either 36 grit or 50 grit to do this, also be sure to go around all the edges and clean them up to a smoothfinish, before either sandblasting or orbital sanding, or heck sanding by hand. *make sure all oem paint is off.*
    here are some photos of some of the stripping process i use... alot of times i shave the back lip on the h22 cover, but this time i will be intensifying the line instead.


    every edge gets smoothed..








    step 4. obtain ppg self etching primer, *it helps eat into the alluminum*
    put 2 coats of etch primer and then 4 coats of ppg high build primer.


    step 5. I sand down all the pieces with 180 grit paper and normally reprime 3 coats.



    step 6. i use a 3m soft block and block the cover with 320 grit and then. Making sure all imperfections that bother me are gone.

    step 7. I now by hand wetsand the cover with 3m 500 grit sand paper, the finish should not have any orange peal whatso ever. that includes no runs, no dry spots or rough texture at all.

    ok like i said prep work is what makes the slick sweet cover so slick and sweet. i will add photos in the how 2 asap.

    more steps will be added.

    I use the same area and tools that i work on cars to also do these valve covers.
    a few pics of ym work area when i have had a verry long work week. I'll have it clean monday and some clean photos.


    few of my guns, from left to right, my satajet nr2000 with 1.4 head, i use it for sealer and basecoat, it's awsome at laying all solids and metalic and pearls.
    next is my digital satajet 3000, with 1.3 tip, i use this only for candy and clearcoat.
    next is my sata i use for priming 1.4 tip.
    next is a cheapo gun with a 1.5 tip i use for spray mask, and the one on top is my devilibis plus, with a 1.4 tip, great for basecoat as well.



    we use 3m pps cups,, what a mess. this will be clean monday. we keep our left over paint till the vehicle has left, just in case.



    my scale and computer for the paint system, we also run our shop radio off the internet from here.


    we swapped to spies heck paint this year.... not to big a fan, but it's great to be able to use tso many products and meet so many new people in the paint world.


    my visual tint chart for matalics and pearls.



    our Garmat downdraft climate controlled booth.

    can't leave out the cb7 valve cover being primed in the booth..












    my work area in our shop.







    up close of the guns i use the most.










    my son the future painter. when he doesn't try to eat the gun.



    here are a few. motorcycles in the work, i don't normally post them, but they aren't customers yet, i will be selling them.























    you'll notice i use high flow air fittings for all my satajets, the devilibiss does not need it.


















































    Last edited by KeeleDesign on Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:55 pm; edited 1 time in total
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    KeeleDesign

    Number of posts : 47
    Points : 67
    Registration date : 2009-04-04

    Re: Airbrushed Valve Cover Art

    Post by KeeleDesign on Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:55 am

    [QUOTE=stewie]damn man, i love your work, how much do you charge? i wouldnt mind having my intake, valve cover, and heat shield all done... :tu: ill be giving you a PM soon, once i get my finacial problems straightend out!![/QUOTE]
    yup just pm me.






















    new add.










    nicoles h22 valve cover.




    figured i would add these because it shows some of the flakes around the cover.
































    you gotta love how the different lights make it look so different.

    so here is another focus valve cover..












    looky looky these are so ugly but they have to start somewhere...

    ohh i know you are all jealous you don't own these beuts but hey sometimes ppl like me get lucky.... Very Happy




    i just did this for beracuda, a member on here.. for his f22b swap. I took what he had tried to dowith spray paint and enhanced it to match his style of music the best i could with the little information i was given.














    Ok a buddy of mine is doing a b18/b20 vtec swap into his sons integra this weekend.. well they gave me his cover and said have at it,, whatever i wanted to do....

    LOL he did the same thing with his b20 turbo civic, and loved his...

    well this time i decided this would be appropriate lol... the funny thing is everyone loves it in person ..

    again their are many photos to try and capture different lights to show the true detail.. if any of you have any of the valve covers i have done, you know what i am talking about.









    see....what i mean Smile


    Last edited by KeeleDesign on Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:04 pm; edited 1 time in total
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    KeeleDesign

    Number of posts : 47
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    Re: Airbrushed Valve Cover Art

    Post by KeeleDesign on Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:57 am

    see....what i mean Smile




    b18




    and this one is unfinished, instead of a superman logo, a member on here has decided they want it, so i will be putting their logo on te front.









    this is STL92Accords new valve cover..i hope you like it mike..

    these first 2 photos are 1 with and without the flash,, I'll let you discerne the rest.









    I just had to add a scull,, i have no idea why,, but i just felt i needed tooo... Very Happy




    I had to give you a cat/valve cover photo.. Very Happy


    here is the how slick i am photo.. Very Happy


    i know it was alot of photos.. but you all know why ...









    the slick shot.. in the bathroom.. Very Happy
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    RandyC

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    Registration date : 2009-03-16
    Location : West Co, Cali

    Re: Airbrushed Valve Cover Art

    Post by RandyC on Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:51 pm

    Wow bro .. .that's some sick artwork bro!!! im telling, im guna have to send my valve cover out to TN i guess lol ...
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    Adam!

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    Registration date : 2009-04-03
    Location : Diamond Bar

    Re: Airbrushed Valve Cover Art

    Post by Adam! on Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:50 am

    Dang! That truly is art! You turned something simple and plain into something beautiful.
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    KeeleDesign

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    Re: Airbrushed Valve Cover Art

    Post by KeeleDesign on Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:23 am

    thanx man.
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    KeeleDesign

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    Re: Airbrushed Valve Cover Art

    Post by KeeleDesign on Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:26 pm

    here ya go man,, i made it more like your car, without looking ricy, as your car is becoming elegant and i figured i'd try to match that.
    I didn't personalize it just in case you need to sell your build because of random things that happen in life..

    well needless to say the first 2 photos are just almost the same yet look out how much the marble changes... I'ts nearly impossible for me to get good photos of this,, in person is the only way to see it in all honesty,, taking photos of it really did suck.














    UCCRacing

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    Re: Airbrushed Valve Cover Art

    Post by UCCRacing on Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:36 am

    Hey man,

    I am very interested in your work! Looks INSANE!! Could you email me at Uccracing@comcast.net? I don't use this site but found it and WOW your amazing!

    Hit me up!

    Thanks,
    Eric
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    KeeleDesign

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    Re: Airbrushed Valve Cover Art

    Post by KeeleDesign on Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:44 pm

    took the idea from typeG i think, just to add a lil charactor. I used a new product by 3M though and so far i am unsure if i will ever use it again as the dry time is much slower than what i am use to. Doey if you like this you'll have to let me know how this new product reacts, because i am unsure. but here she is.












    no matter how hard i try i can't get my camera to pick up the blue and green pearl that is so vivid in person?

    I am not finished with it and plan on reclearing it and doing something elsee, just not sure yet.

























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    KeeleDesign

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    Re: Airbrushed Valve Cover Art

    Post by KeeleDesign on Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:06 pm

    added a ton of photos on the first posts.

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