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Old 02-05-2008, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default Kimono paint?

I spotted this paint work in the Zero booth at Cincinnati this weekend and couldn't help going back to it several times (like the bikes aren't cool enough). The detail is insane, way smaller than any brushwork I could imagine. I said something retarded like "It looks like a damn kimono under clear!" The swell fellow named Hiro said that was exactly what it is. Wow. I couldn't see an edge to it anywhere, and these crappy pics don't do it justice, it was really rich. I've had surfboards glassed with fabric under the top coat to get weird shit on the deck before, but never seen fabric under paint on complex-curved surfaces like a tank. Is this an old trick that's been done forever and I just never noticed? Not sure I want my bike to look like a tea pot, but I HAD to admire the quality of the execution.











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Old 02-05-2008, 10:22 PM   #2
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I saw their bikes at Sturgis this year. Really cool bikes (if not a bit over-priced.) They didn't have anything like this there, I wonder if they just started doing it. That pearl white tank with the Koi is the dog's balls!! I'd roll that on my bike anyday!
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:56 PM   #3
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i think this might be a screen print. like how they do the new harley stickers. a buddy of mine had it done to one of his tanks and it came out real nice, no raised edge, super smooth. he said it was like a transfere on some sort of rice paper thingy, that when cleared over, dissapeared to leave only the image.. the guy who does it is not far from my house, ill pick his brains a bit and let you know.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:09 AM   #4
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I'm leaning towards that its an actual fabric underneath...

Silk is very very thin, and the japanese aren't known to do things the easy way...
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:19 AM   #5
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i dont think id run it, but its still pretty darn cool lookin! i think im gonna do that with a 4Q tshirt.
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:25 AM   #6
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Wow. Me likey
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:03 AM   #7
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they've figured out a way or pattern/template to wrap the fabric around the surface without having it bunch up - no easy task. the cut outs in the design definitely help everything lie flat. there is a method to the madness, otherwise it would be like wrapping a basketball with a piece of paper - the cuts in the fabric would have to be strategic. as for the lack of seams - maybe after they've adhered the fabric to the metal they run a thin coat of glass over the whole thing? just throwing things at the wall here... looks fucking killer any which way.
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i think this might be a screen print. like how they do the new harley stickers. a buddy of mine had it done to one of his tanks and it came out real nice, no raised edge, super smooth. he said it was like a transfere on some sort of rice paper thingy, that when cleared over, dissapeared to leave only the image.. the guy who does it is not far from my house, ill pick his brains a bit and let you know.
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tanks look great, I dig the pretty/tough contrast
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