How to Paint Your Motorcycle

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Bortles covers everything from basic prep work to advanced finishing techniques. The techniques and processes can be used on any type of motorcycle from a production road bike to a custom chopper with extravagant bodywork. Among the topics covered are bodywork preparation, paint selection and preparation, a variety of painting techniques, and post-application follow-up techniques to put the best finish on a great paint job.

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Overview

Bortles covers everything from basic prep work to advanced finishing techniques. The techniques and processes can be used on any type of motorcycle from a production road bike to a custom chopper with extravagant bodywork. Among the topics covered are bodywork preparation, paint selection and preparation, a variety of painting techniques, and post-application follow-up techniques to put the best finish on a great paint job.

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American Iron Magazine, September 2006

“An informative guide … Unlike many other purported how-to guides, which focus primarily on the end result, this book addresses the beginning, middle, and end steps of a given project.

“The text is clearly written and accompanied by numerous photos … [It’s] the best alternative to actually being in a classroom with JoAnn.”

IronWorks, July 2006

“’It’s a real nuts-and-bolts book.’ And we agree. The real world, trial-and-error approach she experienced herself has armed her with frank, practical advice to pass on to the others. If you want surefire, functional shortcuts, you’ll find them here, along with cautions on when these tips are completely inappropriate to apply.”

Thunder Press, May 2006

“With How to Paint Your Motorcycle, she [Bortles] actually does a thorough and comprehensible job of showing you how to … gasp … paint your own motorcycle. And paint it really, really good. She should know how, too. As the celebrated proprietress and maitre d’art of Crazy Horse Painting, JoAnn has produced scores of world-class custom paint jobs and garnered a reputation for excellence in a tough industry.

“She does all this in a very human and conversational tone, offering encouragement and perspective along with her expertise, and coming across as equal parts master painter and life coach. She’s liberal with anecdotes of her own past screw-ups, disillusionments and inverted learning curves on some techniques, which go a long way toward dispelling any illusions that the task of painting a custom scooter requires any special gift beyond patience, persistence, practice and knowledge of the materials involved.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760320785
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 10/29/2005
  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.69 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

JoAnn Bortles is a nationally recognized and award-winning custom painter. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines, and she has written six books on custom painting techniques for Motorbooks, including the bestselling How to Master Airbrush Painting Techniques. She has won Best Paint of the Year four times since 2004, and has been featured on The Today Show and PowerBlock’s MuscleCar TV show. She lives and works in Waxhaw, North Carolina, where she her own custom painting shop, Crazy Horse Painting. On Facebook: http://on.fb.me/Z6KFf9On Twitter: @CrazyHorseFlame
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