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Old 11-22-2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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Check out my handpainted spare tire cover.

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.
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:29 PM   #2
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That's super creative I bet a lot of people on here would employ you for your services! I'd like a big misfits skull on mine. I don't have a projector or the supplies give me a price quote! Very nice job!

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Old 11-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #3
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thanks LukeEC! I'd never thought about doing it for others, good idea! Show me which Misfits logo your talking about.
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That one might be too detailed and I would find the 33" tire cover for you. I will look into it when I get home posting from work and I could find an easier picture. But I'm serious if you like do to this it's fun for you I can see this becoming really popular
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:34 PM   #6
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This one?
Haha yep gotta keep the NJ punk going. I had one of their stickers cover up a nice dent in my XJ tailgate can't say the white Mercedes that hit me was so fortunate!
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Yeah I think that's totally do able. The only caution I may throw is that it would look slightly painted instead on "printed" like you would find on a mass produced cover. But I think it could look even cooler because of it. I dunno, if you sent me the cover with a shipping label to get it back to you, 40 bucks?
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