Marble Effect Paint
Marble effect paint is a cool way to add some detail to your car or motorcycle’s paint job. Rather than a solid color, the marble effect adds a look of texture and interest that take the paint job to the next level.
Custom motorcycle paint: Marble Effect Paint
TD Customs is a custom motorcycle paint shop, serving Asheville and all surrounding areas for many years. We specialize in cool custom paint application.
The paint scheme you decide on for your bike has got to be something you are going to love. Your motorcycle says a lot about you, especially if it’s getting a custom paint job. Marble effect isn’t something that jumps out at you right away, but adds a lot of depth to the paint. Depending on what you are going for, we can either paint marble effect over the entire surface area, or use it just within certain accent areas, like within stripes or flames, for example.
When choosing a color scheme for the marble design, we need to decide on both the top and bottom coats because you will see each color. This is where we can get creative with different colors and decide which color we want to showcase the most.
If you want the top color to show up most, we can paint the base a white, silver or black, and keep the marble effect thick to hide most of the base color. An example of this can be seen with the orange and blue marble effect paint on the tank shown above. It has a blue paint on top of white, which was made to showcase the blue more than the white.
In other cases, we may want to see both the top and bottom colors, and apply a thin top coat with the marble effect so that both show clearly.
The Marble Effect Technique
Marble effect painting is a technique that became popular a few decades ago, maybe in the 70’s, but that is still seen as a cool custom look today. So, how do we get the marble look?
To get an awesome marble finish, we use… plastic wrap!
First, we paint a base coat layer and let it dry. Then, we paint a different color on top. While it’s still fresh, we place a piece of plastic wrap on top and quickly pull it up, revealing the base coat color underneath. This is repeated until the desired look is achieved.
After lightly placing the plastic wrap on the fresh top coat of paint, we peel it off and place it in areas all around the motorcycle tank. While watching the way it’s laying, we can put it in certain areas to fill it in where needed.
The finished product shows off a combination of the two paint colors!
Tim drives an El Camino now, but anyone remember his old truck with the cool marble green paint on a black base? The marble effect gives it a little something extra that makes you take a second look. If you compare this black and green marble paint job to the one on the motorcycle shown above, you can see how different kinds of marble effect can be achieved. It all depends on what look you choose.
Of course, we now also have electroluminescent paint that will take any paint job to the very highest level of cool. Lumilor is a patented electroluminescent coating system that allows us to make any object emit light through the paint alone.
Lumilor can be painted underneath the marble effect, so the light will shine from under the marble paint. That’d be an impressive look!
TD Customs is a custom motorcycle paint shop that specializes in transforming your ride into a thing of beauty. We offer several other cool paint techniques, such as lace paint, ghost designs, glitter, and the light up paint, Lumilor. We love taking our customers’ ideas and making them come to life.
See our Motorcycle Photo Gallery for more pics of our work!
Contact us to discuss your custom bike paint job with us today! We are located in Mills River, just down the road from the Asheville Airport, and proudly serve all surrounding areas, including Hendersonville, Arden and Charlotte.