When you think of engine turning, do thoughts of a Smokey and the Bandit Pontiac Firebird dashboard pop into your head? Well, it does in ours. If you don't know what engine turning is, it's when you take a small grinding head and put little scratch circles in an even pattern onto a piece of medium, usually aluminum. This was a big thing back in the '70s, and we are seeing a slight take-off of that today, with ground metal. We have all seen it, a piece of aluminum sheet that has been ground and then coated with a candy paint. Back in our paint and body issue, we had a very unique S-10 blazer built by Mark Remling of Blasted, which featured some of the best ground metal panels we have ever seen. When we shot his truck, we inquired about how to do that and wanted some pictures. Lucky for us, Mark took some photos while he worked on one of the panels, and we sweet-talked him into giving us the pictures and his notes. So, follow along, as Mark lays down the dos and don'ts of this type of graphic element, in his own words.

The Final Word

Well, there you have it, my beautiful wife in all her glory. Look at how much depth you are able to achieve by doing your paintings on ground aluminum. I hope that I have helped a lot of you with some of the problems that you might be having with these paintings. If you have any questions or want some bitchen work done, you can always get in touch with me at Blasted in Anaheim, California, or check out my website.

Coast Airbrush
Mark Remling of Blasted
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