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So I finally have some time to do a little faux-tina, which is one of my favorite paint methods. You'd think that with my background of painting $750k-1.5 million offshore racing powerboats, I'd like to keep things shiny and pristine
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Nope.😐
Shiny paint is cool and all, but it's such a pain in the ... to keep up on. Which is where my love of Rat Rods comes from.
So, first things first, you need to match the major rust colors you're replicating
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I decided to keep the tank on the bike for easier color and texture reference, so I ran tape around the tank
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Next, I base painted the majority of where I want the rust to be, which was the top 2/3 of the tank. There's very little actual paint left on my frame, but I wanted some color to tie this repop Columbia tank into the fenders. The bottom half seemed like the best option. After getting a solid color, I went back and stipple painted some texture and a few other rust colors to give more depth and variety
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Then I added in the main colors of the bike, red and green.
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I made the colors much bolder and more obvious than intended, because I plan on going back over them and muting them out with more rust color to tie everything together
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And here you can see the contrast between the original blue paint and the Faux-tina paint. After the new paint dries for a few hours, I'll rub some linseed oil on it to bring the shine up to match the frame.
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Oh, I forgot to mention. All of this faux-tina paint, and the brushes used, only cost me $3.50. It's cheap craft acrylic paint I got from Walmart, the same stuff kids use to paint Christmas decorations
 

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RaTina?! OhhHHHhh YeaaaahhHHhh!!

Nice work. Can't remember if I saw it in the photos, did you rust-ify that righteous rear swing arm too? Earlier photos showed it still as just bare metal.
 
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RaTina?! OhhHHHhh YeaaaahhHHhh!!

Nice work. Can't remember if I saw it in the photos, did you rust-ify that righteous rear swing arm too? Earlier photos showed it still as just bare metal.
I'm working on it right now, as well as a few other final details
 
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You know I just had to try it. Even with that righteous rear fender and tire, it still felt like something was missing. So I quickly fabbed a rear cargo rack to hug the fender
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I lined the upright support legs up with the seat stay notches of the fender
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And to top it off, a 1924 Michigan license plate
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Got the rear fender mounted. It was a pretty simple ordeal, as I just mounted the adapter tab to the axle nuts.
View attachment 204792 View attachment 204793 View attachment 204794 View attachment 204795 That heavyweight Schwinn fender is just a dream to work with, compared to most of the other Chineseium paper thin fenders I have.
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Started accelerating the patina, and trying to remove that Leprechaun green covering the darker green. I don't have any beer to pour on the bare metal tonight, so that will have to wait for the weekend
Then I somehow managed to snap the gooseneck quill on the original handlebars, so in a fit of rage I threw them. Then I robbed the apes that were on the Monark and slapped them on this pile. Now I just have to paint the tank green to match and I'll call this one doneView attachment 204796 View attachment 204797 View attachment 204798
How is it to pedal? Very cool stance!
 

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