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 How-To Paint Woodgrain 
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Post How-To Paint Woodgrain
NC's first paint how-to is for a woodgrain effect for the bed of your truck or whatever else you can think of to put it on.

this how-to will take you from the supplies needed to the finished product.
*this can be done without an airbrush.
*each step is laid out in a quote box.

this how-to is assuming your truck of choice wasn't molded for a woodgrain bed as seen below.
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some shells do come molded for woodgrain.
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first up is your supplies.
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you will need:

TAPE:
1/8" fineline for the "ribs".
1" or 1/2" tape for the "planks"

PAINT:
silver
black
either kandy brown or kandy orange,kandy yellow and Kandy blue to make brown.

Sharp knife

Cutting board

PAINT BRUSHES:
1/2" artists brush
"00" fine tip brush

Ruler
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Step #1
i'm using 1" tape so i have to rip it down to 1/2" because 1/2" is the closest fraction to 6" at 1:10 scale and most woodgrain beds are 6" planks.
using the full 1" would be like a 1' wide plank.

the 1/8" fineline tape would be close to 2 1/12" for the runners or "ribs".

start by laying out a few strips of the 1" tape.
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mark the center with your ruler and trace the line out.
lay your ruler on the line and cut down the middle("rip") to get your 1/2" pieces.
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you can also do this to get your 1/8" tape if you can't find fineline tape.(cut a couple extra 1/2" strips)


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STEP #2
lay out your 1/2" and 1/8" tape in alternating patterns making sure to keep avrything as straight as possible.
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pull the 1/8" tape and plan to do your "ribs" first.
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STEP#3
now take the extra 1/2" strips and start laying them out horizontally with about 1/8" between them.
this will give you a nice little checkerboard to start laying in rivets on the "ribs".
for the rivets you want to mix a bit of your silver with a dab of black to make a gunmetal or carbon shade and then you want to dab in the checks for the rivets.
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completed rivets.
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STEP #4
start laying in your silver.
you can do this with an AB or a rattlecan.
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back it with black.
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the "ribs" are done.


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STEP #5
peel your 1/2" tape.
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load or mix your kandy brown.(brush test over white for hue/saturation.)
wood stain comes in alot of different colors and tones so mixing your own color is the way to go.
brown is a variation of orange,yellow and green or blue so the actual color depends on how you mix these colors.
once you find your "hue" you can add black or clear to darken/lighten the shade.
using a 1/2" brush loaded with kandy brown,brush out some random "grain" pattern.(this may take multiple coats depending on how dark you want it.)
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STEP #6
clean your 1/2" brush and repeat the random "grain" pattern in silver.
one coat.
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2 coats.
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STEP #7
follow it all up with a black backer and you're done.
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put a little more time and care into this(then i did) and you can make it unbelievably realistic.
it took me 15 minutes to paint that CD cover and a half an hour to type it all up.
if you spend more time on it your outcome will look a helluvalot better then my end result for this how-to.

cheers and have fun,

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July 29th, 2011, 7:04 pm
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Post Re: How-To Paint Woodgrain
Absolutely first class write up Rusty. 8-)


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very nice write up dude.. looks very good to me, makes me wish i could paint..


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Moving Shadow wrote:
Absolutely first class write up Rusty. 8-)

thanks man, there should be more coming soon.;)

mtlblade wrote:
very nice write up dude.. looks very good to me, makes me wish i could paint..

thanks.
anyone can paint.
give a monkey a couple thumbs and a can of paint and he can paint.
the hard part is taking the time to learn and practice.

give me an hour and you'll be painting some of the sickest shit seen! ;)

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Damn Joe - that's awesome. I'll definitely need to try this on my next lid. If I'd known how "easy" it was, I might have tried to work some in on the jeep. Thanks for the write-up!

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good shit man, glad to see your putting some of this to "paper" now. id still be interested in being a guinea pig for more tuts if you need one.

trust me guys, anyone can paint with the right instruction.

these were put together with some basic techniques that he taught me.

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Awesome tut brother...makes me wanna put a bed in that BF of mine and hook it up.

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Excellant write up and really cool how it turned out !!!

I like how it was done without an airbrush. I've wondered just what all COULD be done without using an airbrush ...

I've never professed to being an artist and since all my trucks are bashers, I see no reason to buy an AB and spend countless hours doing a fancy paint job. But something like this that can be done so easily (at least, you make it look that way !!!) and quickly might take my basher paint jobs to the next level ...

Thanks and keep the tips coming !!!

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A+ on the Quality of this thread! Great Job..

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7kings wrote:
Damn Joe - that's awesome. I'll definitely need to try this on my next lid. If I'd known how "easy" it was, I might have tried to work some in on the jeep. Thanks for the write-up!


thanks man.
i've got another option coming that you might be able to do on the jeep.;)
how do you feel about rhino lining?

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good shit man, glad to see your putting some of this to "paper" now. id still be interested in being a guinea pig for more tuts if you need one.

trust me guys, anyone can paint with the right instruction.

these were put together with some basic techniques that he taught me.



hell yeah man.
i took a small break from airbrushing but i'm about to get back into it a bit more if this damn heat would break.
a box fan don't cut it when it's 120* in your garage... :oops: :(

cryogenic-death wrote:
Awesome tut brother...makes me wanna put a bed in that BF of mine and hook it up.


do it up man!
just remember that you have to reverse the steps.;)

86Cutlass383SR wrote:
Excellant write up and really cool how it turned out !!!

I like how it was done without an airbrush. I've wondered just what all COULD be done without using an airbrush ...

I've never professed to being an artist and since all my trucks are bashers, I see no reason to buy an AB and spend countless hours doing a fancy paint job. But something like this that can be done so easily (at least, you make it look that way !!!) and quickly might take my basher paint jobs to the next level ...

Thanks and keep the tips coming !!!


ALOT of cool shit can be done without an airbrush but an airbrush does offer a few advantages over rattlecans.
being able to put the paint EXACTLY where you want it and mix your own shades are a big plus.
hobby shop doesn't carry the color you're looking for?....make it.

don't be afraid to make a beater look good.
there's no reason not to look nice while you're beating the fuck outa it.
i don't mind bashing my shells because they usually take less than 2 hours from fasmask to peeling the easy peel.
i painted my elcamino from mask to peel in 20 minutes using a hair dryer;)

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A+ on the Quality of this thread! Great Job..


thanks boss.
how'sabout a sticky?

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rustynutz wrote:
7kings wrote:
Damn Joe - that's awesome. I'll definitely need to try this on my next lid. If I'd known how "easy" it was, I might have tried to work some in on the jeep. Thanks for the write-up!


thanks man.
i've got another option coming that you might be able to do on the jeep.;)
how do you feel about rhino lining?



Can't wait to see this...

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7kings wrote:
rustynutz wrote:
7kings wrote:
Damn Joe - that's awesome. I'll definitely need to try this on my next lid. If I'd known how "easy" it was, I might have tried to work some in on the jeep. Thanks for the write-up!


thanks man.
i've got another option coming that you might be able to do on the jeep.;)
how do you feel about rhino lining?



Can't wait to see this...


'bout to post it up now.
you can't get much easier then this.;)

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Again I salute you Ruisty. You only forgot one thing to tell the guy`s , paitence,paitence. Bravo !


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A+++ on that Write up....good stuff!!!

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Again badass! :shock:


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