In the preceding steps the bodywork (removing of factory imperfections) is done to change the casting from a mass made car full of blemishes, flash and mold scars, to something more suitable for a nice paintjob and graphics.
The SnowWhite Pearl is the key to how the flamed Decals will look.
In all 4 cars the Clear InkJet Decals go down over the SnowWhite Pearl.
The Purple and Green Passions have the same exact Decals.
The Yellow Passion of course has Green Decals, and the Black Passion has a set of newly designed White Decals.
Okay, Clear InkJet Decals are Decals printed on Clear InkJet Decal Paper, a clear film on paper.
Neither InkJet nor LaserJet Printers have White Ink so any image printed with them showing a white portion is actually left blank for that area.
The White background of paper is left showing that clear area of the Decal as White.
The transparent inks (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow,) of InkJet Printers are like stained glass windows allowing whatever color is behind them to partially shine through.
Black ink is nearly opaque and remains Black.
The SnowWhite Pearl behind these Decals shines through almost as if they were backlit.
The Red flames become brighter, the Green flames become brighter and the White (Clear) flames allow the SnowWhite Pearl to shine right through the clear Decal film.
So, The Decals all go down over the SnowWhite Pearl.
Each Decal is drawn on a Black background leaving a thin 1/16" border all the way around the Decal.
Here's an example,
You can see that my Decals are all drawn right on top of a scanned image of the casting.
This assures a perfect fit.
Once the Decals are all applied I brush Liquid Latex (Rubber Mold Building Latex) over just the flames part of the Decal. Then I go in and AirBrush everything Black.
No longer do we have a SnowWhite Pearl body because now it is all Black.
The Rubber liquid mask is removed leaving me with a Black car with flames.
Now comes the magic.
In the case of the Purple and Green cars, the color you see is all Pearl Powder, no Purple or Green paint at all.
I mix 5cc of InterCoat Clear with a small match head's worth of Pearl Powder and with my AirBrush turned down low I direct the majority of it over just the Black areas.
The Black quickly turns to the color of the Pearl applied. It doesn't take much to make the color change.
Just before I use up all 5cc's of the Pearl InterCoat mix I open up the AirBrush and spray the whole casting so everything blends in nicely.
Now I have a Purple Pearl casting and remarkably the text and image of the Decals is barely affected.
Rhinestone Headlights are inlaid at this point and lastly I ClearCoat with another small dose of Pearl Powder.
In this case here of the Purple and Green Passions both having the same Red Decal flames,
You can see the Purple Pearl changed the Red flames to a Pinkish Red and on the Green they moved slightly to an Orange Red. The Flames didn't change color nearly as much as the Black body did.
The Black Passion with White flames is done the same but with Carbon Black Pearl Powder.
The light layer of Black Pearl on top of the colorcoat Black combined with the Black Pearl in the ClearCoat make for a great dazzling shine.
I call this one Ebony and Ivory.
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