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12-11-2012, 10:37 AM
Thinking about getting my tank painted on my Sporty... I got sick of the factory clear-coated decals so I just wrapped the sides in gloss black vinyl. Now that I have some downtime with winter I was planning on getting it shot solid black.

I've always dug the "seaweed style" flames... anyone got any pics for reference???

I'd probably just keep it simple, gloss black with a silver or white outlined flame, black center.

Here's my bike for reference:

Stock Graphics:

Black Vinyl:

Flames for reference:

Compliments ChemicalCandyCustoms for WreckedMetals:

Member Balowski:


Crappy Paint Chop:


Good Idea? Bad Idea? Any thoughts appreciated as always!

12-11-2012, 10:40 AM
I like the first photo-chop pic. The flames look more natural on that tank shape.

12-11-2012, 10:49 AM
I think they are cool. Was actually thinking of doing this myself over the winter. Just pick up some of the 1/8 3m striping tape and go nuts.

12-11-2012, 11:40 AM
I like the flames on the blue-ish-gray tank the most. If you need them done for you, just let me know and I can paint it for ya.


12-11-2012, 4:23 PM
I bought some skinny tape and broke out the spray paint for this. I used the old airbrush for the first time as well. In fact, I bought the airbrush just for this little project.

12-11-2012, 4:41 PM

holy fucking hell. Bone-fucking-rific!!!!

12-11-2012, 5:04 PM
Do it exactly like the first photo-chop. Exactly like it! People would be so confused. haha

I plan on doing the same on some new tins. My real nice paint set draws too much attention sometimes. Black with white outline flames would be undercover enough but still some rad style.

12-11-2012, 6:07 PM
When done right, flames are KILLER!

12-11-2012, 10:26 PM
Those really aren't sea weed flames. Sea weed flames are early, thinner, hot rod flames. Those look cool, but those are more modern, FYI.

12-11-2012, 10:48 PM
Those really aren't sea weed flames. Sea weed flames are early, thinner, hot rod flames. Those look cool, but those are more modern, FYI.

True. These are seaweed flames


12-12-2012, 9:17 AM
Yes, very nice example. And again, I like the examples everyone pit up, just wanted to clarify terms.

12-12-2012, 12:33 PM
most of those tanks look more like "crab claw" flames....definitely different than "seaweed" flames.....that being said,if the execution is good and they're on the right bike/rod flames can look righteous...if not pulled off right,then they can be just terrible...

12-12-2012, 10:53 PM
any one know who makes the window bars on the sportys up top?

12-12-2012, 11:24 PM
Just when I felt flames were over done; the simplicity of these examples warms back up that small place in my heart for them gain. They were starting to take on that chromed tribal feel...which is a sad sad thing in my book.

12-12-2012, 11:41 PM
any one know who makes the window bars on the sportys up top?

I don't know who made those exact ones but steffan at zombieperformance makes some just like them if he's back in shop. If not there are plenty of others on here who could make them too.

12-13-2012, 4:45 AM
Not "crab claw" flames. Crab claws have one curve per lick, 2 or 3 curves as more traditional style. Trad flames taper from the base to the tips, while seaweed licks have various thickness'.

12-13-2012, 10:22 AM
Painting great traditional hot rod flames is an art and requires attention to detail and strict adherence to a small set of unbreakable rules. Several years ago, I painted hot rod flames like they were going outta style... they must have gone outta style because I've only done one flame job in the past year (lol).

They are lots of fun to lay out and to paint. If done right, they look great... if done incorrectly, they look like total ass.