If you are looking for a way to add some custom touches to your car that you can easily do yourself, then you should think about painting some pieces yourself. You can use a swirl painting method that's done in a basin with the use of water and oil-based paint. The result will be unique parts with swirl shaped designs that look similar to the patterns often seen created on clothing using the tie dye method. Follow the instructions here to paint your car arts using this method.
Get your supplies together
The supplies you will need to do this type of painting include:
- A tub or bucket large enough to fully fit the pieces you plan on painting, filled with water
- A stir stick
- Oil-based paint in different colors of your choosing
Prepare the items you will be painting
Remove any removable parts, bolts or other attachments from any pieces that you plan on painting. Clean the piece so it is completely free of all dust and grease. Set it somewhere to dry all the way before the next step. Once it is dry, prime it and allow it to dry again. If the pieces have grease, dirt or rust on them that you can't get to come off all the way, then you should consider buying new parts at an auto part store like 195 Auto Parts to use instead.
Prepare the paint
You want the water in the tub you are using to be room temperature before you add the paints in. When you add the paints, you want to do it one at a time, holding the bottles right above the water and slowly allowing the paint to come out so it settles on top of the water without sinking. Put in one color after the other. The paint will spread and you want it to cover the entire surface of the water. You can use a toothpick to pull some of the paint slowly around to get a design and color combination you are pleased with.
Paint your car parts
Take the car parts, one by one, and dip them into the paint-covered water in a slow and steady manner. You should be holding them at a slightly tilted angle so the entire surface of the part gets completely covered with the paint. Once the part is all the way under the water, you want to hold it in that position and grab your stir stick. Use it to swirl around the paint that's still on the surface to move it out of the way.
Pull the part quickly from the water and set it somewhere to dry without being disturbed. Once the parts are all dry, you can put any attachments back on them and put them back on your car to proudly display them.