Juana Golden Harbor Freight January 04th, 2020 - 01:17:43
I have managed to get fairly smooth finishes by polishing the surface prior to my first coat and building up the paint in light layers. I also sometimes use flat paints and a final gloss coat that usually results in a smooth finish. There really is not a science to good paint finish; it is more of an art that each person develops on their own.
Like many artists these days I find myself trying to make the most of my small studio space. While I lived in North Texas I was kind of spoiled. I had a 400 square foot studio next door to my home complete with a kitchenette and a bathroom. I had plenty of counter and floor space to utilize for my paints and pastels. After moving back to Southeast Texas I find myself living and working in a small efficiency sized apartment. At the same time I'm trying to get back to making larger paintings again so I really needed to have space for a good sized palette and paints, brushes, solvents, and mediums.
Take it step by step and focus on one thing at a time. After all, you are doing this for fun! There is no need to rush; explore the techniques and information at your leisure. Watch their free video on how to mix your paints. Order a quick change brush and begin to think about your compressor. While you do this, you can watch some of the videos on that site to see what's possible with these tools! Soon you will know what area you are most interested in focusing on.
Many years ago Sterling had a wooden kit of the USS Missouri in a fairly large scale. Unfortunately Estes bought the assets of Sterling and the Missouri is not currently available. I hate to think what one might run on EBay. About the only option today would be a plastic model and about the biggest is 1/350th. Tamiya has a good kit, but if you want wood you will pretty much be out of luck.
I find it useful to buy many basic tools for use around the house at Harbor Freight. For this use, they fill the need perfectly. Hammers, screwdrivers, gloves, and blades are great buys here. If I am in the market for a more expensive tool, I may pick it up at Harbor Freight with the intention of picking up a higher quaility version in the future when my budget permits.
Let's start with what I think is about the most important thing "protect that attitude". I know that isn't where most people start however without it cleaning that scoot will always be a headache. How do I protect it? First, get a motorcycle lift. They're not all that expensive these days. I got mine at Harbor Freight for about $300.00 and I can't tell you how much easier it is to clean any bike. You can get them much cheaper even as little as $60.00 or so. But my point is to get that baby up in the air so you don't have to hurt your knees, back or anything else. Nobody looks forward to kneeling or bending over for hours at a time. Do you think that might be a reason your friend's bikes may not be so clean?