Metallic Painting Techniques - Robot Finishes

Learn metallic painting secrets from master FX artist Rob Ramsdell (Avatar, Jurassic Park, Terminator 3).

Description

Master Creature FX artist Rob Ramsdell (AVATAR, JURASSIC PARK, TERMINATOR 3) shares the techniques he's used to paint countless metallic movie icons, from the army of cyborg assassins in the TERMINATOR films to Tony Stark's arsenal of Iron Suits in the IRON MAN series.

WEBCOURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Creating a chrome metallic finish
  • Painting flexible armor to look metallic
  • Chipped paint effects with latex masking
  • Aging the metallic finish with oil washes and Bondo
  • Metallic painting techniques on a budget

 

Approximate Runtime is: 02:26:34

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. Prepping the Workspace - 00:02:03
  3. Making A Paint Stand - 00:02:48
  4. Materials - 00:04:02
  5. Prepping Surfaces For Painting - 00:06:16
  6. Finish #1: Cast Iron - Building and Layering Textures - 00:07:08
  7. Prepping the Workspace - 00:08:39
  8. Real-Life Reference - 00:13:56
  9. Get Creative with Textures 1 - 00:16:29
  10. Getting Creative with Texture 2 - 00:20:39
  11. Finish #1: Cast Iron - Prepping for Primer - 00:26:45
  12. Finish #1: Cast Iron - 1st Coat: Primer - 00:28:30
  13. Finish #1: Cast Iron - 2nd Coat: Clear Coat - 00:32:55
  14. Finish #1: Cast Iron - Applying the Metallizer - 00:35:15
  15. Finish #1: Cast Iron - Weathering and Aging - 00:36:08
  16. Oil Washes - Building the Rust Colors - 00:40:20
  17. Making Faux Oil - 00:52:20
  18. Silicone and Sand - 00:54:44
  19. Finish #2: Duel Textures - Smooth Metal and Cast Iron - 00:59:01
  20. Prepping for Primer - 01:04:04
  21. Applying Primer - 01:05:18
  22. Prepping for Clear Coat - 01:07:33
  23. Applying Clear Coat - 01:09:47
  24. Metallizing Effects - 01:15:43
  25. Shooting the Metallizer Part 1 - Chrome Parts - 01:23:10
  26. Shooting the Metallizer Part 2 - Cast Iron Parts - 01:24:39
  27. Applying the Latex - 01:25:26
  28. Applying Primer Over the Latex - 01:29:20
  29. The Color Layers - 01:32:54
  30. Adding the Second Paint Layer - 01:36:54
  31. Aging with Washes - 01:45:43
  32. Transfers, Decals & Authenticity - 01:56:45
  33. Rigid vs. Flexible - 01:59:03
  34. Finish #3: Chrome - 02:04:34
  35. Degrees of Metallizing Effect - 02:09:23
  36. Dirtying Up the Chrome - 02:13:12
  37. Finish #4: Basic Gun Metal Look - 02:15:57
  38. Finish #5: Chrome Effect on a Budget - 02:18:14
  39. Sealing the Chrome - 02:20:04
  40. Applying the Oil Washes - 02:21:16
  41. Alternative Highlighting Techniques - 02:24:33

Materials

CLICK on the links below to find the materials you need for this lesson. 

 

Some items might be harder to find, but a little internet scouring usually finds you everything you'll need.

 

Burman Industries

Naimie's Beauty Center

Reynolds Advanced Materials

Smooth-On Inc.

 

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

  • Air Compressor
  • Broom
  • High-Grade Respirator
  • Latex Gloves
  • Lazy Susan
  • Plywood Model Stand

AIRBRUSHES

  • Clear Coat Guns
  • Standard Airbrush - Iwata
  • Touch-Up Guns

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

  • Acrylic Clear Coat – Krylon Crystal Clear
  • Automotive Clear Coat – Transtar 6571 Kwik Finish
  • Clear Coat Catalyst – Transtar Activator 6874
  • Gloss Top Coat – Createx Gloss Top Coat Airbrush Colors
  • Kicker Accelerator – Transtar Kicker Accelerator 6417
  • Lacquer Based Matte Clear Spray – Sureguard Matte Special 931

EPOXYS/GLUES

  • Super Glue
  • Super Glue Accelerator

LATEX/SILICONE

  • Silicone Catalyst
  • Silicone – GI245
  • Slip Latex

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

  • Chip Brushes
  • Detail Brushes
  • Fine Art Brushes

PAINTS

  • Paint
    • Black Oil Paint
    • Blue Automotive Paint
    • Brown Acrylic Paint
    • Metallic Spray Paint – Krylon Metallic Spray Paint (Bright Chrome)
    • Metallizer – Alclad Lacquer (Chrome)
    • Orange Oil Paint
    • Raw Umber Oil Paint
    • Reddish Maroon Oil Paint
    • Reducer – Medallion Zero V.O.C. Universal Reducer Medium MRS-175
    • Sepia Acrylic Paint
    • Silver Enamel Paint - Model Masters Chrome Silver Enamel Paint
    • Silver Sharpie
    • Tan Acrylic House Paint
    • White Spray Paint
  • Primers/Adhesion Pomoters
    • Adhesion Promoter – Bulldog Adhesion Promoter
    • Dynatron Sandable Primer & Surfacer
    • Grey Primer
    • High Quality Black Primer

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

  • Acetone
  • Alcohol
  • Lacquer Thinner
  • Naptha

TOOLS

  • Cutting Tools
    • Razor
    • Scissors
    • X-ACTO Knife
  • Other Tools
    • Hairdryer

SUPPLIES

  • Blue Painter’s Masking Tape
  • Bondo – Evercoat Bondo
  • Bondo – Evercoat Bondo Cream Hardener Catalyst
  • Disposable Measuring Cups
  • Graphite Powder
  • Masking Tape
  • Mixing Sticks
  • Paper Cups
  • Q-Tips
  • Rags
  • Sand
  • Sandpaper – 100 grit, 180 grit, 220 grit
  • Scotch-Brite™ Steel Wool
  • Tissues
  • Transfer Decals
  • Vaseline

HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:

ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area
ALWAYS protect your skin
ALWAYS wear eye protection

Reference Materials

 

LITERARY REFERENCES

  • American Farm Tractor

Artist Information

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Rob Ramsdell

Special Effects Character Creator & Monster Maker | Stan Winston Studio/Legacy Effects

Special Effects Character Creator & Master Monster Maker Rob Ramsdell was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey but...

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