How To: Image Transfers on Custom Paint

Don’t want to watch the video? No problem we got you covered with this quick set of step by step instructions of image transfers on custom paint.

  • Prep your painted surface (if it’s already been clear coated, sand with 500 grit)
  • Grab your waterslide decal paper for your printer
    • Use ink jet for ink jet printers, use laser for laser printers
    • Be careful, there are 2 types of paper as well, white & clear.
      • Clear = for light & white colored backgrounds
      • White = for dark colored backgrounds
  • Print your image onto the paper and cut out to fit the area of your project.
  • Soak the image in a bowl/pan of water. This will release the paper backing from the printed image.
  • Place the image down on the painted surface. Use wet towel to help to remove air bubbles & excess water.
  • Once all water has evaporated, mist 2-3 coats of intercoat clear on top to lock it down. You want mist coats so that the solvents don’t wrinkle the image.
  • Once that intercoat clear has flashed off for 20 minutes, spray 2-4 coats of 2k clear on top.
  • After allowing the 2k clear to fully dry, sand with 500 grit to continue your paint work. You have now completed image transfers on custom paint.
image transfers on custom paint
Work done by: IG @customindustriesllc

Pebble Effect

There’s something about a paint job that is as smooth as glass, but has the 3D textures that jump out at you. This is how Chris Potter does it.

pebble effect custom paint

Step 1

  • Grab primer/sealer under reduce it so that it is a bit thicker
  • Dial the air pressure back so that it’s just spitting the under-reduced primer out
  • Spray your texture

Step 2

  • After you get the desired texture, shoot your white basecoat (or basecoat color of your choice) over top to coverage

Step 3

  • Spray 2-3 coats of pearl over top

Step 4

  • Spray clear over top to lock it all down
  • Be sure to spray a couple coats extra in order to bury the high spots

Step 5

  • Wet sand with varying grits
  • Buff out to a glassy finish
Sprayed by: Chris Potter

How To Spray Metal Flake

Metal flake paint jobs are a common option for cars and other equipment, like skateboards, tumblers or guitars. To create this type of paint, mix metal flake into a carrier (intercoat clear or 2k clear coat). Once you’ve poured this paint mixture into your paint gun, apply the mixture to your desired surface. Apply at least 2 coats of paint until you achieve your desired color!

spraying metal flake paint

How much metal flake do I use?

This is entirely up to you or the person you’re painting for. A good rule of thumb for 100% coverage is 1 8th per quart of carrier. If you’re not after full coverage, 1 8th is enough to do a full car. Note this will result in much less sparkle and a subtle color on top of your basecoat.

How do I spray it?

Once you’ve reduced your intercoat (or activated your 2k clear), dump in the amount of flake you want. Be sure to stir this mixture well as flake is heavy, so it will settle to the bottom.

  1. Spray your first coat over your dry basecoat. Using 50% overlap to ensure you get even coverage.
    • If not using a disposable cup system, empty your spray gun into the cup you mixed the flake in. Keep your spray gun upside down. This prevents the flake from settling to the bottom of your gun, resulting in a huge burst of flake coming on your next spray.
  2. Once you’ve given your carrier the time to flash off, stir the flake mixture again to evenly disperse the flake. Pour back into your spray gun.
  3. Spray your 2nd coat.
  4. Continue these steps until you get the desired coverage (should be no more than 4 coats).
  5. Allow your carrier to flash off before top coating with 2k clear to bury the flake.
  6. Once your top coat clear dries to sand, you sand the surface to remove all orange peel (texture) before laying out tape for graphics or simply re-clearing.
metal flake paint
Sprayed by: IG @gooch_customs