So I'm new around here and also new to owning a TJ. Loving it so far. Iíve never been much of a car guy, but Iím looking forward to learning from all of you. So I decided that one thing I can do is paint (Iím an artist by profession) so why not customize the spare tire cover. So I thought Iíd give a quick lowdown on my process in case anyone else was wondering and wanted to save some cash for a custom cover.
-Step one was to order a new cover (the original was trashed and the wrong color). Btw I think I ordered one too large, any way to tighten it?
-Step two was to work some photoshop magic and get the graphic ready (big Indiana Jones fan here)
-Next I got a board and stretched the cover tight for a flat working surface.
-Then I used an overhead projector and a Copic brand marker to trace off the graphic. Nothing else I had in my studio even remotely showed up on the fabric, and the marker barely did.
-Then I used plain old Liquitex acrylic paint and a flat brush and started painting.
-Next I used more acrylic paint in an airbrush for the lighter hat color.
-Last I used some clear glaze I had laying around to seal it (I probably should have gone out and bought some rustoleum because mine is still a bit sticky. Time will tell how well it holds)
I think it turned out Ok. I plan on trying again in the future but for the price of the blank cover, 16 bucks, Iím happy. Hope this helps!
ps I attached one of my "Indy" paintings so you can see what my usual stuff looks like.