"Ghost " checkers on my GT200
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Molto Verboso
SYM HD200, Vespa GT200
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Location: San Jose, CA
Sun Feb 18, 2007 4:39 pm quote
After not getting too far with my pinstriping skills, I decided to try something else to personalise my scoot. I wanted to do something subtle and elegant to add to rather than detract from the scooter's already clean and refined look, so I decided to airbrush a "ghost" pattern using colors that blend in with the Vintage green of the scoot. I used One Shot Enamel which I had bought for my pinstiping practise, a green, just slightly darker than the bike's color and silver. I added clear enamel to these in order to fade the colors out towards the rear of each checkered ribbon. Finally, I added a GT logo at the rear of each cowl. As always with all my projects, I'm not entirely happy with the result, but the general effect I was hoping for is there. In fact, the result is so subtle that it was difficult to photograph!

finished result.JPG

front mudguard done.JPG

job done!.JPG
Finished result with downtown San Jose in the background

Molto Verboso
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 4:42 pm quote
I think it looks pretty cool, good work. Did you use tape to define all the edges and just slowly progress... or some other process?
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 5:39 pm quote
Nice work Bob. I like it!

hey I was thinking of you when I got this from Scoot Magazine....
Quote:
From: Scoot!

Date: Feb 11, 2007 8:06 PM
Subject Scoot! Upcoming Features Need You
Body: Scoot! is looking for contributions for it's next issue. Our two main features are:

All-Girl Scooter Clubs: we'll publish mini-profiles & photos

Scooter Art: whether you use scooters as a motif in your art, or you use them as your canvas, we want to showcase your work.

To contribute to either of these features, contact AprilATscootquarterlyDOTcom or
http://www.myspace.com/scooterapril

Deadline is March 12.

happy scooting!From: Scoot!
You should submit your painting ... and your scoot!
Molto Verboso
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:46 pm quote
Andrew wrote:
I think it looks pretty cool, good work. Did you use tape to define all the edges and just slowly progress... or some other process?
Andrew, 90% of the time was spent masking out with tape and newspaper, 10% painting!


Tikki,

Thanks for the Scoot link. I used to subscribe to that mag, but let my subscription lapse. I might just send them my scoot painting!

Cheers,

Bob
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:40 pm quote
I kind of dig that. There fade away is cool.
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:43 pm quote
That looks absolutely awesome! I like the subtle checkers so much more than the black & white ones. Great work!
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:58 pm quote
Very nice. We'd love to see a tutorial on the subject!
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:18 pm quote
ya good work that looks really good... VERY nicely done!
Molto Verboso
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:19 pm quote
I always wish I would have picked up an airbrush when I see work like that. Great job on the checkers and more importantly how you incorporated the GT logo into the design. Very clean.
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:05 am quote
Great job on that Bob! The colors you chose look very nice on the Vintage Green. It is not an easy color to work with, IMO. I would never have the courage to tackle that, Beale.
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:53 am quote
Wow, those checkers look incredible, excellent job. I wish I knew how to do such things.

Now tell me about your flyscreen, you added a part at the top of the screen, why, how, and what is the improvement from adding it?
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:18 am quote
I Love It. Great Idea!!!
Molto Verboso
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:07 am quote
Wow, thanks for the kind comments, folks!

Benny, the "lip" on my flyscreen is actually the cut off top portion from a Burgman 650 I used to own. It improves the airflow in the cooler weather, but is easily removed when the weather warms up. This is not a new idea. BMW used it on their early sport bikes and of course there's the Laminer Lip, a commercially available option. Jess also fabricated one.

While I'm not qualified to give a full blown tutorial on the airbrushing techniques used on a project like this, I did take a few pics along the way to give some idea of the process I used:

masking out panel.JPG
First I masked out a 2" panel with Fineline tape, masking tape and newspaper.

spraying silver panel.JPG
I then sprayed the area with silver enamel, fading out towards the rear.

applying transfer tape.JPG
After the paint dried, I applied transfer tape over the panel

cutting out checkers.JPG
The checkers were marked out in pencil, then alternate ones cut out with exaco knife. The area was then sprayed green, also fading out towards the rear

masking GT.JPG
When everything was dry, the lettering was applied in much the same way as previous.

Petty Tyrant
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:17 am quote
That was actually very educational. Thanks!

Did you do anything to the existing topcoat before you started, other than clean it?
Molto Verboso
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:39 pm quote
Good question, Jess. Yes, the surface has to be cleaned of all old wax, grease and road grime with a good degreaser, then lightly rubbed with fine steel wool, or as in my case, a scotchbrite pad to give the surface some "tooth" for the new paint to adhere to. There is also a "liquid sandpaper" available at hardware stores, but I didn't have any. I gave the surface a final wipe down with alcohol and then a tack rag before proceeding to spray.

Cheers,

Bob
Molto Verboso
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:45 pm quote
Even though you used an enamel did you have to seal it with something once you were all done?
Molto Verboso
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:26 pm quote
Andrew, no, there was no need for a clear coat, which was partly the reason I chose to use regular oil based enamel rather than auto paint, which should be rubbed down then clear coated. This produces a better result, but I wasn't prepared to go that route - more work and expense!

Cheers,

Bob
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:52 pm quote
Bob thanks for the info on the laminar lip, I am going to consider one of those for future upgrades. The tutorial was really good to see, I've never done anything like that before and that was quite educational for the uninitiated like me.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:50 am quote
I am really amazed at the creativity people use when trying to stylize their scooters! It's great to see!
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:39 pm quote
looks awesome.. what did it run you?
Molto Verboso
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Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:54 am quote
Since I had all the materials and equipment, all it cost me was time!

Cheers,

Bob
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Wed Feb 21, 2007 5:09 pm quote
TorontoTL wrote:
Bob thanks for the info on the laminar lip, I am going to consider one of those for future upgrades. The tutorial was really good to see, I've never done anything like that before and that was quite educational for the uninitiated like me.
so what does the lip actually do?
Molto Verboso
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Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:15 pm quote
suit scoot wrote:
TorontoTL wrote:
Bob thanks for the info on the laminar lip, I am going to consider one of those for future upgrades. The tutorial was really good to see, I've never done anything like that before and that was quite educational for the uninitiated like me.
so what does the lip actually do?
Firstly, it extends the height of the original windscreen, without having to buy a complete taller 'screen and can easily be removed and stowed in warmer weather. Secondly, the airflow that hits the windscreen is deflected higher than it would be without the "lip". There is a technical explanation for this, but I'll leave that to someone else to explain, all I know is that it works!

Cheers,

Bob
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Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:24 pm quote
[quote="Burgerbob"]
suit scoot wrote:
TorontoTL wrote:
Bob thanks for the info on the laminar lip, I am going to consider one of those for future upgrades. The tutorial was really good to see, I've never done anything like that before and that was quite educational for the uninitiated like me.
so what does the lip actually do?
Thanks for the lip lead...

www.laminarlip.com

Anyone heard if they will produce one for the GTS?
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Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:57 pm quote
cool. ive just bought some earplugs because of the flyscreen. i do alot of 70mph riding so i get deafened by wind noise. i think if a gt/s one came out idd buy it.
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Sat Feb 24, 2007 8:39 am quote
Bob, that's really elegant; I like it a lot. And thanks for the very informative pix. Now would you like to come over and try a version on a cobalt blue ET4?

--Deborah
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Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:00 am quote
Outstanding job Bob!

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Sat Mar 17, 2007 1:56 pm quote
wow, once you think about it, it must have been very hard to get it just right, good job though, it looks awesome!
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Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:46 am quote
looks great!!
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Wouaw! I didn't remember this post (and this amazing work)
Nice job
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