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Product Details

  • Series: Idea Book
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760331693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760331699
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Before investing in a custom paint job--whether you’re hiring a painter or doing the job yourself--turn to this book for a clear idea of what works and what doesn’t. Drawing on years of experience running her own custom painting shop, JoAnn Bortles reviews the full array of options for paints, graphics, and effects. In an easygoing manner, and with photographs to illustrate her points, she explains the tools and techniques that apply in various paint schemes and shows what might work especially well in certain situations and for particular vehicles.

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From the Author

People always ask, where do custom painter get their ideas? Well most painters have a very extensive reference library of photos and ideas that are are constantly collecting. This book is the very best of my reference library. I started out with over 30,000 photos that Ihave been collecting for over 35 years. It took me months but I narrowed it down to about 774 photos of the very best custom painting pictures there are.
There are some very rare photos in the this book. Photos of unreal incredible paint you will not see anywhere else. If you are painting your car, truck or motorcycle, you will get so amny idea from this book. You'll see what colors and designs will work best for your hot rod or bike.
And if you aren't working on a custom project, you will still enjoy this book as you can sit back and take a journey through the very best in custom painting. Of my six books, this is without a doubt my favorite! I hope you enjoy it, in fact, I know you will.

More About the Author

I starting painting custom cars and motorcycles in 1979. I had no previous experience and learned everything by trial and error. There were lots of errors. In fact there were times I wanted to quit and did, vowing never to paint another car or motorcycle. But somehow, I always came back to it.
After so many years of learning very hard lessons in the custom industry, it is very gratifiying to be able to pass those lessons onto others. In 2003 I had the opportunity to do so and accomplish one of my dreams. I was given the chance to work with Motorbooks Publishing and write my first book, "How to Custom Paint Your Motorcycle." I had always dreamed of being a writer. Since then I have had 6 books published, the latest being, "Advanced Airbrush techniques," and two of my books have been translated into Japanese.
In 2007 I was very proud to have myself and my work featured in Southern Living magazine. It was first time in the history of this lifestyle and design magazine, that they featured an individual who worked in the custom automotive and motorcycle industry. And also in 2007 NBC News came to my shop and filmed. This piece was shown on NBC's Today Show in July 2007 and can still be seen on MSNBC's Video website.
Another proud goal was having a car my company painted win one of PPG's 2006 Top 5 Most Outstanding Paint awards, appearing in their Vibrance product advertising in 2006. Our work has won a number of awards over the years including winning several championships.
I also work as a photo-journalist for some of the leading motorcycle magazines such as American Iron, which is the number one selling motorcycle magazine in the world. I am currently testing riding gear for Harley Davidson Motor Company, which will be a series of articles for Cycle Source magazine. And I enjoy interviewing other people in the industry and recently interviewed Kris Krome, winner of the AMD Metric Motorcycle World Championship, for Cycle Source.
Another lifelong goal was accomplished in 2004 when my own personal custom motorcycle was featured on the cover of Easyriders magazine, making me the first woman whose own motorcycle was on the cover in the history of this 38 yr old magazine.
The goal of my books, is to keep others from making the same mistakes I did. the way I see if, if I can do do. Then you can do it. I can teach almost anyone to custom paint.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SweePee on July 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Joann Bortles is a great painter if you've seen her stuff in the magazines. This book has a ton of great info about painting, how to get your concept just right, what to ask your painter. But the best part is that it's filled with photos of custom bikes, cars, and trucks. If you're stuck on where to go with your project, start here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J Barney on May 12, 2014
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IT IS A HIGH PRICED PICTURE BOOK. VERY LITTLE HOW TO IN IT. IT DOES TELL YOU HOW TO CHOOSE A PAINTER, BUT NOT HOW TO PAINT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BOH on March 31, 2011
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This book is great for looking at custom paint jobs side by side. It is easy to see which styles you favor when looking at ten different flame jobs on the same page. I am a newby to airbrushing and I like how straight forward the author is. Great eye candy.
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this book is awesome! its full of soooo many beautiful pictures from so many venues. It truly got my brain rolling as someone who is fairly new to this myself i would tell anyone to get this book and let your imagination run.
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