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Hot Bras by Kal - 2003 Projects
2003-12-18
Kal Smith Has started the next project of Custom Painted Bras. The new Bras are from American Stitchco (original mfg of Mopar Bra for Prowler) with their private label "Skintight" bras for the Prowler and the Trailer. Kal contracted last Oct. with Chris to have a plug made of the Prowler so he could use it to paint the bras instead of having to paint them on the Prowler. It's taken a long time to get the Plug done. Completed custom Bras: Jim LeBlanc's was the first one with Custom Flames for an Orange Prowler. Wayne Finch's Candy Red Trailer Bra, Ron Clark's Candy Red Prowler Bra with Flames, Damon Cyr's one Mean Kat for his Silver Prowler, Joseph Mark's Canadian Flag Bra is complete, Randy Cobb's Blue flames for his Yellow Kat complete, and Bill Healy's Red & White stripes for his Mulholland Blue Kat is complete and Bill will use static cling white stars to go over the rest of his Blue Kat body to carry the theme of the Bra over the Kat, My new Bra with Hot Purple & Hot Blue flames is complete. Also added some checkered pattern behind the flames and tried some shade changing paint with the Kat logo added to nose and on top of the hood piece (extra but I wanted to try something a little different) and Rene Roa Flamed Bra is complete for the Red Kat and Clay Kenney's special Graphic design (for some additional costs) for his Prowler & trailer bras are complete. Clay also wants Kal to take into consideration carrying the design scheme forward and paint his truck and enclosed trailer (sometime in the future). Al Guichet dropped off his trailer for new graphic on another bra for Purple Kat & trailer now completed, Bob Talbot bra with flames for his Candy Red Kat is complete, Dave Cook's bra with flames for his Mulholland Blue Kat is complete, Wayne Finch's trailer bra is in process which will have flames to match his Prowler Bra... I'll continue to add pics as the other Bras are completed by Kal ...

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  Kal contracting with Chris to make a mold and plug of the Prowler. Here's the fiberglass over the Kat. 
 
 
  Some paint damage caused by the molding process which Kal was able to fix like new... 
 
 
  One of the mold pieces from the initial process. Chris has to reassemble and make the mold from these to make the final plug. 
 
 
  Kal got the mold from Chris and had to add some wooden support to mold before Chris would start making the Prowler Plug... 
 
 
  First shipment of nine (9) new bras I ordered from American Stichco and two other owners shipped their new bras to me for Kal. 11 Bras to be Custom painted by Kal... 
 
 
  After a lot of problems trying to extract the plug, Chris finally developed a process to extract the plug in pieces. And, than he would re-assemble the pieces into plug. 
 
 
  Kal gets the entire plug from Chris. Needs some finishing to make it usable for painting Bras. The bottom piece was suppose to look and be finished like the hood piece. 
 
 
  Kal cutting holes into plug where the bra clips will clamp onto plug. 
 
 
  Kal added another plywood support which is needed to give the plug the strength and support to handle the Bras... 
 
 
  Kal had sent the plug back to Chris to get the added plywood fiberglassed into the plug. On June 20th Kal got the plug back from Chris. Kal had to add some resin, sand and finish off the plug with bondo. 
 
 
  Here's the plug with the bondo. 
 
 
  Here's the plug primed... 
 
 
  Drove the Red Prowler down to Rivertown for Kal to take final measurements to ensure the hood piece and bottom piece of the plug would be aligned... 
 
 
  Hood piece with boards and holes to attach hood bra. 
 
 
  Bra on plug and ready to be prepped and ready for custom painting... 
 
 
  Jim LeBlanc's Bra ready for Custom paint... 
 
 
  After the bra is prepped, the bra is sprayed with a clear before the white coat is sprayed. 
 
 
  Than the entire Bra is sprayed white. 
 
 
  Kal applying & fading in the Yellow into the White. 
 
 
  Green sprayed & faded into the Yellow. 
 
 
  Kal using a template of the flame design and using it to apply the the design to the other side of the bra. 
 
 
  Kal than tapes the outline of the flame design on the Bra. 
 
 
  Now, the flamed pattern has to be taped over completely before applying the primer and base coat. 
 
 
  A shade base has to be applied before the Prowler Orange is sprayed. 
 
 
  Kal spraying the Prowler Orange onto Bra. 
 
 
  Here's Kal air brushing Black highlights which will give a 3D affect to flames.  
 
 
  Now, the tape is pulled off to unveil the flames... 
 
 
  Kal now air brushes some white accents onto bra... 
 
 
  Next step, hand paint Blue pin stripe outling the entire flame pattern... 
 
 
  After the hand painted Blue pin stripe is brushed on... 
 
 
  Kal paints his signature "Hot Bras by Kal.com" onto each Bra ... 
 
 
  Back into the booth for final clear coat and Bra is complete and ready for shipping in a couple of days... 
 
 
  Ron Clark's Bra ready for prep. 
 
 
  Kal uses a different painting sequence for this Bra. After the prep and clear are sprayed, he sprays on the Deep Candy Red color of Prowler first. 
 
 
  Kal air brushing some orange streaks. 
 
 
  Kal outling the flame pattern. 
 
 
  Now, the Bra is taped and masked off before spraying the paint for the flames. 
 
 
  Multiple painting steps. 1) sprayed in white 2) sprayed in Yellow 3) sprayed with Orange & 4) Red streaks air brushed onto yellow. 
 
 
  Air Brushing some Red onto tip areas. 
 
 
  Unveiling by pulling off the tape areas. 
 
 
  Kal hand brushing the Blue Pin Stripe around the flame pattern. 
 
 
  Another clear coat is applied and the finished Custom Painted Bra is ready to be shipped. 
 
 
  Wayne Finch's Trailer Bra from American Stichco ready to be custom painted Candy Red. 
 
 
  Kal sprays with a clear first, than the Candy Red & than another coat of Clear. 
 
 
  Another view of the painted trailer Bra. 
 
 
  Damon's Bra getting prepped. 
 
 
  Kal spraying clear onto Damon's Bra. 
 
 
  Sprayed on primer shade. 
 
 
  Kal spraying the Prowler Silver onto Bra. 
 
 
  Kal tapes the outline of Kat on side. He makes a copy of this on paper and transfers the same design to other side... 
 
 
  Now, the area around the Kat is taped off so Kal can begin the painting of the Kat. 
 
 
  Rear shot of Kat. Much more agressive looking from this angle... The Silver is darker under the building lights... 
 
 
  Kal air spraying Black and fading to gray... 
 
 
  Air brushing some black streaks and white highlight accents... 
 
 
  Another clear coat is applied. 
 
 
  Applying the hand painted pin stripe outline. 
 
 
  Final pin stripe. 
 
 
  Here's a side shot. 
 
 
  Another view of the side. 
 
 
  One Mean looking Kat. 
 
 
  The other side... 
 
 
  Kal painting his signature on Hot Bras By Kal.com 
 
 
  Here's me doing some taping... Picture by Kal... 
 
 
  Right side view. 
 
 
  Panther Face on Hood piece of Bra. 
 
 
  Left side view. 
 
 
  Joseph Mark's Bra mounted, prepped and ready for 1st application of paint. Kal will be doing a Canadian Flag design for Joseph's 02 Yellow Prowler. 
 
 
  Three coats of paint, clear, white & Yellow sprayed. 
 
 
  Flames pattern is taped on and than taped off. 
 
 
  The pattern for the hood cover. 
 
 
  Spraying more white. 
 
 
  Kal outlined the Maple Leaf design on the side. 
 
 
  Taped off the Maple Leaf design... 
 
 
  Kal air spraying the Red coat. 
 
 
  The unveiling pulling off the tape... 
 
 
  Kal now air brushes some Black accents... 
 
 
  Now, the White accents are air brushed on... 
 
 
  Another coat of clear.. 
 
 
  Almost complete. Hand painted pin stripe and more Black accents to be applied to side Bra... 
 
 
  Here's the Hood piece of Joseph's Custom Canadian Flag Bra by Kal... 
 
 
  Adding the Maple Leaf to the mesh area of the bra. 
 
 
  Kal applying hand painted black pin stripe... 
 
 
  Completed Canadian flag for Joseph Mark. 
 
 
  View from rear. 
 
 
  Here's a hanging bra (in honor of our Florida friends)... 
 
 
  Here's Randy Cobb's bra prepped and ready for some flames to go on his Yellow Kat... 
 
 
  Kal, sprayed the clear coat first and now spraying the white. He has to spray the Yellow and apply some orange streaks... I had to leave unable to get picture tonight... 
 
 
  Sprayed yellow and than air brushed ornage streaks... 
 
 
  taping flame pattern. 
 
 
  taping complete. 
 
 
  Sprayed white. 
 
 
  sprayed with a special Blue for flames. 
 
 
  Some purple tips are air brushed on... 
 
 
  The unveiling... Tomorrow, Kal has to do the pin striping, add some air brushed accents and another clear to be applied... 
 
 
  Here's a pic of Joseph's Canadian Flag Bra hanging over my American Flag Bra... 
 
 
  One more clear coat is applied and than Kal air brushes black accents. 
 
 
  Hand painted pin stripes brushed on. 
 
 
  Kal paints his signature and one final clear coat is applied and the Custom Bra for Randy Cobb is complete. 
 
 
  Another hanging Bra... 
 
 
  Bill Healy's Bra is now on the plug. Bill will have a Red & White stripe design for his Mulholland Blue Prowler... 
 
 
  Kal's sketching out the design for Red & White stripes for Bill's bra.... 
 
 
  A view from the rear and you get an idea of the rolling waving flag... 
 
 
  Kal sprayed the first coat of clear and than a coat of white... I had to leave. I'll get more pics tomorrow... 
 
 
  The stripes are layed out in tape and than the white stripe is taped over before spraying Red. 
 
 
  Kal makes a pattern from the taped side to apply to other side. 
 
 
  Kal perforates the drawn outline and pats some blue dust through the holes to get the lines outlined on the Bra. Than more taping... 
 
 
  Here's the Bra with Red stripes added & some air brushing... 
 
 
  The nose of the Kat in Red & White... The Mulholland Blue color still has to be applied tomorrow... 
 
 
  Some air brushing. 
 
 
  Taped off to spray the primer & than the Mulholland Blue body color. 
 
 
  more air brushing... 
 
 
  Light Blue pin stripe being applied. Than Kal writes his signature Hot Bras by Kal.com on each bra and one final clear coat is applied... 
 
 
  Bill Healy's completed Bra. Bill will have some static cling white stars placed on his Mullholland Blue Kat to go with the Bra. 
 
 
  The other side.. 
 
 
  Bill's hanging Bra and my Bra prepped and ready for some flames... 
 
 
  1st coat of clear is applied... 
 
 
  Flame design is copied from one side and chalked onto the other side. 
 
 
  Chalk line... 
 
 
  Taped outline... 
 
 
  Taping off areas not to be painted... Than there will be a primer color shot along with the flames colors... 
 
 
  Spraying the primer. 
 
 
  Spraying Hi Voltage Bayou Blue... 
 
 
  Spraying Hi Voltage Bayou Purple. 
 
 
  Kal hand cut these Kats and using as stencil... 
 
 
  Kal air brushing some PPG Hallogen. 
 
 
  Flames unwrapped (rmoving tape)... 
 
 
  Kat in PPG Hallogen... 
 
 
  Flames on the other side... 
 
 
  The Flames have to be taped and covered before applying the Yellow Kat body color...  
 
 
  Bra all taped and ready for the Yellow. However, Kal may have a a new scheme for this... 
 
 
  Kal sprayed white, orange & yellow on the taped bra. 
 
 
  This step and the last few require re-taping the flames. This was some added work for additional charge... 
 
 
  using a stencil cut out by hand to add an outlined Kat... 
 
 
  Another coat of orange is sprayed over the newly taped area... 
 
 
  Air brushing a lil PPG harlogen on around the kat. 
 
 
  Air brushing Black accents.. 
 
 
  Untaping... 
 
 
  Before pin striping... 
 
 
  Kal applying the hand painted pin stripe... 
 
 
  Complete Bra. 
 
 
  Hood bra... 
 
 
  Closeup of tips... 
 
 
  I had Kal paint my intake plenum and radiator cover to match bra flames... These two pieces are not complete. Just ran out of time... Need to get to the Smokies... 
 
 
  Rene Roa's bra on the plug - prepped and ready for Kal. 
 
 
  First clear coat applied. Than Bra is sprayed white. Than sprayed yellow, than orange. These will be the flame colors for Rene's Red Kat. 
 
 
  Now, Kal outlines the flame pattern with 1/4" tape. After the outline, the flame pattern is taped over before the next step. This is the right side. 
 
 
  Here's the left side with taped outline of flames... 
 
 
  Kal taping the flames on the hood... 
 
 
  Completely taped over and ready for anther clear coat. After the clear coat the Prowler Red will be sprayed to match body color... 
 
 
  Air spraying the Prowler Red onto bra. 
 
 
  Kal now air brushes the Black accents which give the 3D affects onto Bra. Next step will be to remove tape... Next will be more air brushing and the hand painted pin striping... That's tomorrow... 
 
 
  Removed tape from Rene's bra and ready for clear coat & pin striping. 
 
 
  Kal hand painting the pin stripe and final clear coat applied after pin striping... 
 
 
  Rene's completed Custom painted bra for Red Kat... It'll be ready for shipping after this weekend... 
 
 
  Al Guichet dropped off his trailer for Kal to use to paint his custom bra on the trailer to match his new custom Bra for his Kat. Here Kal is "sliming" the trailer with some overspray protection... 
 
 
  Clay Kenney's Bra prepped and ready for design. Clay will also be having his Trailer Bra painted to match... Clay spoke with Kal and wants him to add some extra design & colors above his normal for additional charge. In addition, he also would like Kal to consider & continue the paint scheme onto his Truck & enclosed trailer. That would be later down the line although it goes into the design consideration.  
 
 
  Clay Kenney's trailer bra on Al's trailer. The trailer is wrapped in paper in addition to the slime... 
 
 
  Clay's trailer Bra prepped and ready for design & paint... 
 
 
  Kal working on design for Clay. 
 
 
  Kal uses whatever is available when he works on his design. Here he is using a cup from Wendy's... 
 
 
  Here's the prelim design for Clay's Candy Red Kat.  
 
 
  Tracing design onto paper to use as pattern for other side... 
 
 
  Pattern applied to other side. 
 
 
  Taping begins... 
 
 
  1st design is taped and 1st clear coat is sprayed onto prowler bra. 
 
 
  Trailer Bra is taped and 1st clear coat sprayed... 
 
 
  Kal spray's white primer in areas where 1st graphic design color to be sprayed.  
 
 
  Kal sprays white onto Prowler bra before design color is spayed. 
 
 
  1st lime green is sprayed over area for design and than a little darker green is sprayed... 
 
 
  Same sequence on trailer bra. 
 
 
  Hot Blue & Hot Purple are sprayed over the design areas. Than, the design is taped over the sprayed areas on trailer bra. 
 
 
  Hot Blue & Hot Purple sprayed onto Prowler Bra. Than, the first graphic design is taped over. 
 
 
  I stopped by on Saturday on my way back from No Problem Raceway and got a few pics. Here, Kal has sprayed the bra yellow, than orange and than air brushed the orange streaks onto bra. 
 
 
  Additional design air brushed onto the bra over some white. 
 
 
  Same on trailer bra. 
 
 
  Kal air brushing black accents to previously painted & taped graphic designs... 
 
 
  Sunday: Here you see where the original taping was removed on Saturday (after I left) and new taping applied to cover the previously painted areas before next step. 
 
 
  Tape removed from Trailer and new taping of trailer on Sunday. 
 
 
  Trailer taping complete. 
 
 
  Prowler mask completely retaped and another coat of clear is applied to Prowler and trailer masks. 
 
 
  Primer coat is air sprayed on Candy Red is sprayed to both trailer & Prowler mask. 
 
 
  Candy Red being air sprayed onto Prowler & trailer. 
 
 
  Kal air brushes some yellow streaks onto mask. 
 
 
  Remove some taping for Kal to add some air brushing. 
 
 
  Kal applies more black air brushing accents. 
 
 
  Remove all the tape. 
 
 
  Trailer. 
 
 
  Another clear coat is applied to both mask. 
 
 
  That's it for Sunday. Pin striping and some final graphics next... 
 
 
  Kal adding some graphic circles to both bras... 
 
 
  Kal hand painting the pin stripes... Kal will use six (6) different pin stripe colors to the bras... That's on top of the 12 colors on the bras... That's a total of 18 colors on Clay's two bras... 
 
 
  Kal adding his signature... 
 
 
  Here's a pic of the trailer ... 
 
 
  Here's Clay's completed Prowler & trailer Bras... Actually, one more clear coat has to be sprayed on tomorrow... 
 
 
  Trailer Bra graphics... 
 
 
  The hood bra... 
 
 
  Here's the Prowler bra side view ready for the final clear coat in the morning... 
 
 
  Clay's Prowler & trailer Bras... 
 
 
  Another view. Pictures do not do these bras justice. The sunlight really brings out the 3D affects and I can't wait to see this on Clays Kat & trailer... 
 
 
  Here's new "Skintight" logo from American Stitchco mfg of Prowler bras... 
 
 
  Hanging bra for the Kat... 
 
 
  Hanging Trailer bra... 
 
 
  Kal working on new design for Al Guichet's New bra for Kat & trailer... 
 
 
  Al's bra after prepped, cleared, sprayed white & than purple. 
 
 
  Al's trailer bra. 
 
 
  After sprayed white, "Hot" purple, and graphic taped off... 
 
 
  More taping, some air brushing, several shades of Silver, air brushing rivets, more taping and than some air brushing with accents... 
 
 
  Al's sompleted bras on his Prowler & trailer at Crusin' the Coast 2003... 
 
 
  Bob Talbot's bra after being prepped, cleared, primed with value shade, than Deep Candy Red. 
 
 
  Sprayed Silver and taped for checker squares... 
 
 
  Now, "Hot" Blue is sprayed onto bra... 
 
 
  "Hot" purple sprayed onto tips... 
 
 
  Streaks air sprayed on ... 
 
 
  Bob's Right side Bra... 
 
 
  Bob's left side bra... 
 
 
  Bob's hanging bra ready to ship to Canada... 
 
 
  Dave Cook's bra for his Mulholland Blue Prowler prepped, cleared, sprayed with primer, Blue and taped for flames... 
 
 
  Sprayed Silver, "Hot" blue & "Hot" purple on the tips... 
 
 
  With hand painted Orange pin striping added... 
 
 
  Dave's Hot Bra on his Mulholland Blue Prowler... Including the light blue pin stripping carried forward onto hood bra... 
 
 
  Another view... 
 
 
  one more view... 
 
 
  Neat view - reflection in fender... 
 
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