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

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Blue on white marble effect

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.

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Dark purple marble on silver base

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.


Marble effect showcasing both blue and black equally

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.

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Placing the plastic wrap on a fresh top coat

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.

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Carefully customizing the effect

The finished product shows off a combination of the two paint colors!

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Ta-Da! Black and green marble effect!


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.

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TD Customs shop truck with marble effect paint

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Tim spraying Lumilor

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.

12 Replies to "Marble Effect Paint"

  • Robert
    December 12, 2020 (5:20 pm)

    I have a 2020 can am Ryker three wheel bike. I’ll like to paint it bowling bowl black with diver flakes is this possible & what would it cost me

  • Shawn M Leet
    July 23, 2020 (1:01 pm)

    Was wondering if you could tell me more about the orange and blue paint scheme?

  • Matthew Raney
    November 4, 2019 (6:55 pm)

    Matching a factory cvo stripe on a trike conversion, an ideas on what I can use for the effect? It’s not a marble look, i used a glove an paper towel on a sprayout card still didnt look right.

  • JR Bennett
    October 27, 2018 (2:37 pm)

    can not find how many coats of the top coat going on, gray primer sand black, next silver, next marble look next blue pearl, question, how many coats of blue

  • James
    June 4, 2018 (7:19 pm)

    Curious to know if you have ever done this and ended up with “ridges” or an uneven surface after removing the top base coat. If so is it ok to sand before spraying the candy coat?

    • TD Customs
      June 6, 2018 (3:50 pm)

      Any texture or roughness will add depth to the marbling. Go ahead and spray your candy, then clear, then wet sand to remove roughness and re-clear for a glasslike finish.

  • TD Customs
    July 19, 2017 (3:37 pm)

    Check out our most recent marble paint job!

  • ed
    July 16, 2017 (6:50 am)

    How do u keep the paint wet long enough to do the marble effect and wat kinda plastic are u using

    • TD Customs
      July 17, 2017 (12:39 pm)

      You can use any ceran/plastic wrap! We do move quick when doing this paint technique but we’ve always had time to create the look before the paint dries.

      • Gergo
        September 20, 2018 (11:10 pm)

        Do you use water based base for the top wet coat to keep it longer wet?

  • ed
    July 2, 2017 (8:38 am)

    Are u spraying a lite coat of silver over blk base and then candy over that or silver over any color base

    • TD Customs
      July 19, 2017 (3:32 pm)

      It all depends on the style/colors you’re going for. A silver or black base is usually a great place to start. You can also manipulate the top coat color by using the plastic wrap technique more or less, making it lighter or darker.

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