Arctic Cat 700 Flaming ATV

Step 1: Pull all the decals, and get ready for quite a bit of sanding...

The Plan

To preserve the original orange of the plastic parts I decided to sand, clearcoat, then sand again before laying down color.

The problem with plastics is getting paint to stick. A lot of sanding and cleaning to prep for Bulldog Adhesion Promoter, then 2 coats of clearcoat. Then sand again to get ready for color!

Step 2: I decided I wanted to come up with a different kind of flame technique that would work with the original deep orange plastics. So, here goes a color test.

 

The completed color test and the ready to sand plastic parts. I decided to pull the reflectors instead of trying to mask them out.

Step 3: Sand both parts. Lots of little nooks and crannies and hard to get into spots!! Most of the sanding was done with 600 grit wet/dry. Wash part, dry part in the sun and start sanding where I missed.... All the gloss gone!

Bulldog Adhesion promoter, clearcoat, 24 hour dry, and more sanding...

 

Step 4: After all the prep work, start laying down the basic flame shaps and licks. HOK Chrome yellow. HOK Tangerine Kandy, more chrome yellow...

More flame layers, and start on the more molten lava look. I defined the lava with a couple of passes of chrome yellow and white mix. A little HOK Pagan Gold to knock the white toward gold and almost done...

I added another sparse layer of chrome yellow and white hot flame licks to tie the lava and the flame colors together and that about wraps it up...

Ready to clearcoat!!

Re-assembled and ready for mud?!