Wood-Graining a Vehicle
From the original questioner:
I looked at the article, and should have mentioned that I know how to grain, but I am not sure what materials to use with automotive finishes.
From contributor A:
Check to see if he is using an acrylic or polyurethane, and the type of colorant he adds to his clear coats.
From contributor B:
A true Woody uses real wood trim and real wood veneer. This is clearcoated with acrylic urethane and that's that. It sounds like you're talking about faux woodgrain. If that's the case, use HULS/Degussa 844 acrylic colorants to make your glazes and avoid linseed or tung oil. Don't use 824's or 866 colorants. These don't work well with acrylic urethane clearcoats. Xylene based pigmented stains work on veneer pretty well.
From contributor C:
There is a gentleman by the name of CD Hall in Long Beach, CA, who has been woodgraining hot rods and Woodies for years. He gave me a tour of his shop years ago let me watch him grain a Woody. He had a plastic dish with a couple globs of color from artist tube oils, and on the same dish some naptha. All he was using was a rag and a Q-tip and a lot of technique. He produced awesome grains then sent the project to get the clearcoat. The process was all done on a basecoat clearcoat system.
From contributor D:
Wood graining the Woody is basically just like doing automotive graphics and House of Kolor makes everything you need to get the job done. I would do all of the color work using their acrylic lacquer bases and SG100 intercoat clear. When finished, topcoat with their high build urethane.
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