Custom chopper paint ideas

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Custom chopper paint ideas
Determining a chopper's colour scheme is the hardest part of the build. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

The hardest part of building a custom chopper isn't in determining what parts to use for the build, but rather trying to decide what colour paint to use, and the possible graphics to be included in the paint. Unfortunately, these decisions must be made before the construction of the chopper due to the necessity of painting parts such as the forks, frame and swing arm.

Solid Paint

Choosing a solid paint colour for your custom chopper doesn't necessarily mean a boring, drab paint colour. There are an infinite range of colours available, some of which you can be sure have never been painted onto a motorcycle before. You can also opt for metal flake paint, candy colour paint or even paint created to resemble gold or chrome plating. In many cases, custom bike builders opt for solid colours on the frame of the motorcycle while choosing a graphic scheme for the motorcycle's body parts, such as the fenders and gas tank.

Multiple-Paint Schemes

Multiple-paint schemes simply means that more than one colour is being used to paint the motorcycle. For this, you might choose one colour for the frame of the motorcycle, while painting the gas tank and fenders another colour. This works particularly well when utilising two different shades of the same colour, but also works well with colours that contrast one another. A good example might be painting the frame of the motorcycle orange and painting the fenders and gas tank pearl white. While the colours aren't specifically matching, they do not clash with one another either.

Graphics Paint

Graphics paint schemes were very popular in the 1980s and early 1990s and are exceedingly difficult to paint but are well worth the effort when well executed. A graphics paint scheme generally involves the inclusion of numerous different shapes and colours into the paint job on the motorcycle. While early graphics schemes utilised multiple colours to achieve a wild-looking effect, this look can be updated by utilising seven or eight shades of the same or matching primary colours. For instance, you might choose a range of blue to blue-green shades, or even such combinations as flat and gloss colours.

Airbrushing Graphics

Airbrushed graphics take a careful hand to properly apply but when properly executed, can be visually stunning as a way to set off the design and paint of a custom chopper. Airbrushed graphics come in any and all shapes and sizes, and are really best thought of as the "tattoos" you can paint on your motorcycle. Club affiliations, important names, dates, or places, quotes and even pictures of loved ones can be airbrushed onto your motorcycle by talented airbrush artists. Simpler airbrushing patterns utilise stencils to create shapes, shading and lines, and are the best option for this highly specialised paint format if you are determined to perform the paint work yourself.

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